Infinite City

Author: Mike Kennedy
Artist: Carlos Meglia
Titan Books
RRP: 11.99, US $17.99

ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 176 9
ISBN-10: 1 84576 176 6
Available 24 November 2006

Sending a baby in a rocket to Earth was not Jor-El's first idea to preserve the doomed world of Krypton... When a powerful weapon ravages Metropolis, Clark Kent and Lois Lane travel to an old midwestern town to seek its origins. What they find is a portal that transports them to Infinite City, a place beyond imagination, where futuristic technology and magic coexist, and where Superman uncovers a piece of his true heritage. However, the discovery comes at a price. Once you journey to Infinite City, you can never return. Not everyone is happy living there, and they want to come to our world, no matter what the consequences...

Those of you who are sick to death of DC's latest "crossover event", fear not! This graphic novel has nothing to do with Infinite Crisis.

Rather, it's a standalone story - and a very special pairing of the wacky writing of Mike Kennedy (Star Wars: Underworld) and the distinctively stylised art of Carlos Meglia (Superman/Tarzan). Try to imagine the exaggerated physical proportions of the animated Superman crossed with the twisted artwork of Kevin O'Neill (Nemesis the Warlock, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and you'll have some idea of what to expect here.

Kennedy's plot puts an interesting new spin on the Man of Steel's creation myth, though it does share some uncomfortable similarities with the Phantom Zone as depicted in the two-part graphic novel For Tomorrow. Meanwhile, Meglia's realisation of Superman's dad Jor-El in the opening flashback owes more to the movies than any recent comic-strip version.

The asking price is a bit steep for a 96-page graphic novel, but the quality of the paper stock is very high and the painted artwork exceptionally detailed, so you could spend hours gazing at all its fabulous intricacies. It's a pleasure to lose yourself in Infinite City.

Richard McGinlay

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