Superman: Secret Identity (Superman Secret Identity Complete)
SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY is a 208-page trade paperback collecting the critically lauded 4-issue miniseries written by Kurt Busiek (JLA/AVENGERS, ASTRO CITY) with art by Stuart Immonen (SUPERMAN: END OF THE CENTURY, THOR).
Set in the real world, SECRET IDENTITY examines the life of a young Kansas man with...more
Kurt Busiek always does an excellent job of writing about super heroes with human feelings. "Astro City," as outlandish as the characters are, is always grounded in the reality of emotion the reader can emphasize with. "Secret Identity" could be an "Astro City" story if it wasn't about Superman (and it is but isn't). The main focus, told mostly through narration, is on feelings of alienation, anxiety, familial love and morality. It's an interesting aspect of comics that costumed heroes are usual...more
A boy named Clark Kent is given Superman related stuff on his birthday, teased by classmates for his namesake, and generally wonders what life would be like if he had powers. And then he does.
This look at Superman is a more realistic view of what would happen, and the government is constantly on his tail because they are scared.
Clark later marries an Indian woman named Lois and has...more
Secret Identity exists in a world just like ours where Superman is a known entity, but solely as a comic book/cartoon/movie character... fully fictional. However, a kid is growing up in the middle of nowhere Kansas with the unfortunate name of Clark Kent; his parents thought it would be cool. Well, he doesn't. He has to d...more
The novel actually chronicles Clark's whole life -- it's really compelling. My review does not do it justice.
If you like Superman, go read this.
It's the story of Clark Kent, a perfectly ordinary boy whose parents displayed a "particular" sense of humor when they named him Clark. He's really nothing special, except that he gets teased a lot because of his name. And then, one day, he discovers he can...more
Superman was never a character that really called out to me. For "normal" superhero adventures a neigh-invulnerable man never interested me much. But the potential for more was always there, and when creators really embrace the problem...more
Side note: this story deals with an alternate Earth in which there are no superheroes and "Superman" is nothing more than a comic book character within that world. To that end, this story is a little more...more
Hands down, this is my favorite DC comic ever.
You don’t need to know anything about Superman or any other DC comic to understand what’s going on in Secret Identity. The four-issue miniseries (which you can pick up as a trade paperback compilation next month) is not about the Clark Kent most of us are familiar with. It’s about...more
With Secret Identity, Kurt Busiek has taken the classic character of Superman and actually (not misusing thi...more
The story flows and reads like a short novella, or independent movie. It is a break...more
Clark Kent grows up in a world like our own, where superheroes only exist in comic books, and is constantly ridiculed for the irony that a mild-manner boy from a small town in Kansas is named after a powerful comic book chara...more
A well thought out as real as it can get alternate superman story (be warned this is not the superman you knew).
No big super villains, no show down in the middle of the city - very realistic - very sensitive.
Very very well written.
Must read for anyone interested in superhero comics and yet likes a bit of reality at times.
Good Good Good Book - Thumbs up !
In this ’verse, Clark has to keep things even more on the DL, and the resulting story is much more understated. It follows Clark through four stages of his life: discovering his powers as a teenager, meeting and falling in love with a be...more
Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;...more