Steve's professional life has never looked brighter. He's
been offered the chance to chronicle the adventures of the
world's most famous hero: Superman. His personal life, though,
has taken a turn for the worse: His father has gone missing,
his mother is beside herself with worry, and a grim secret
has come back to roost - a fatal genetic disease that threatens
to destroy another generation of his family...
its heart It's
a Bird is
not really a Superman tale. It's more an exploration
of a hereditary disease that is seen as an dirty embarrassment
that families don't talk about to outsiders - in fact they
try to pretend that it doesn't exist (a little like out of
wedlock pregnancies were a few decades ago). Huntington's
disease attacks the fit and healthy rendering them defenceless
and, in the final stages, unable to communicate with their
loved ones or even eat. The only thing they have to look forward
to is a slow and painful death.
intertwined with this is an explanation as to why Superman,
and all he represents, has been a thorn in Steve's - the hero
of the piece - side. Part biographical, author Steven T. Seagle
grips the reader from the opening page. Is the guy crazy turning
down a shot at writing a Superman story? Yes, he is...
but for a very good reason.
loved the way that Seagle inserts people in this collection
who are obviously individuals that he knows in real life and
have asked him to include them in this story. These include
his doctor, and friend who is employed in the field of taxi
main narrative is peppered with one or two page Superman
story ideas. Some are amusing, some unnerving, but each are
drawn in a variety of styles - hats off to Teddy Kristiansen
for making this appear like a dozen artists have worked their
feel cheated if you came to this book expecting to read a
Superman tale. You do, but a more mature and adventurous
story than has ever been told in the Man of Steel's entire
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