Our Worlds at War - Book One

Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 14.99
ISBN 1 84023 554 3

The ultimate conquering force has been unleashed upon the universe and is heading towards Earth, leaving a path of devastation in its wake. With the fate of the world at stake, the Man of Steel is forced into uneasy alliances with both heroes and villains, including the lethal Darkseid, Mongul, and his earthly nemesis - President Lex Luthor...

Superman: Our Worlds at War is the first in a two part collection which sees Superman battling against a force he can never win alone.

There is also a thread of "ain't America great" throughout this volume, with a number of historical speeches including President Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor Speech and President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. While the speeches are included to show how bad wars are, it really comes across as patriotic American arrogance.

This volume shows what a namby pamby, American dream superhero Superman actually is. After the Kent's home is destroyed The Man of Steel can find nothing of his adoptive parents, but does unearth another one of his uniforms (made by his aunt) with a note which reads. "In case of emergency. We love you xxx." To which Supergirl observes "She actually makes those for you? I have to buy mine. Not even wholesale."

Ignore the 'America the great' theme (which is always hard with Superman material) and you have, at its core, a graphic novel of great complexity. A classic collection.

Pete Boomer

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