Critical Condition

Authors: Various
Titan Books
RRP 12.99
ISBN 1 84023 618 3
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Superman has been hospitalised by a mysterious illness. Now a team of S.T.A.R. lab doctors, aided by some of Superman's closest friends, both human and superhuman, must race to save the Man of Steel before the unthinkable happens...

While Critical Condition is a Superman graphic novel his absence, for around 50% of the book, changes the focus greatly centring on Supergirl, Superboy and The Atom as they try to save the Man of Steel's life from an unexplained disease.

This collection benefits from the fact that the reader doesn't really need to know a great deal about Superman in order to pick up this collection and enjoy it. If you know who Superman, Batman, Lois Lane and The Atom are then you won't be left scratching your head trying to work out the loose ends of previous plot threads left unresolved.

The story, while stretched a little, is entertaining enough and the collection of artists brought in do the script justice. Batman fans will also be glad to hear that their favourite miserable vigilante makes a brief appearance - there is also some much needed light relief in the scenes that the two share.

Above average stuff.

Darren Rea

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