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The Kents Paperback – Jan 2000

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Kansas history and Superman's family: a match made in heaven 5 Jan 2000
By Stephen Richmond - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've long felt that comics could be a powerful educational tool and here the medium realizes this potential. Ostrander and Truman, along with Mandrake and Bair, are far from novices and the benefits of their collective experiences shimmer through this, likely their finest work. Everyone knows that Superman's adoptive family found the infant Superbaby in a Kansas cornfield and raised the prodigious progeny in Smallville. This tale tells how the Kent family comes to Kansas and it is the story of the American westward expansion. There are rich characterizations here in Nathaniel and Jeb Kent, two brothers divided by personal, familial, and eventually political differences; the lovely half white, half Delaware native Mary, whose passion and grace sustains Nathaniel Kent through many trials, as well as the reader; and Jonathan Kent himself, the adoptive father of Superman, who narrates the saga in a series of letters to his son the reporter in Metropolis and his bride. Then there are the cameos; some historical; some purely from the western comics genre, including Brian Savage, the Scalphunter; Jonah Hex; John Wilkes Booth, John Wesley Hardin, the James brothers and so many others. This delicious tapestry is not only for comics fans, but also for Western readers (those who love John Jakes or Dana Fuller Ross, will find much to love here as well) and American history buffs. Ostrander did a superb job with the research here. Simply a glorious family saga in the full richness of that tradition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A SUPER Western 20 April 2006
By Bennet Pomerantz - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Kents is not about the relationship between Clark Kent and his father Jonathan. It is a mini series regarding Jonathan's kin in 1880's Kansas. It has very little to do with the Supermen legend, and there are hints of the BIG RED S thrown in .

John Ostrander has done his research. This western saga is well told. This could be told in a regular novel format, it is better as a graphic novel. Ostrander's storytelling ability is excellent. Even without the Superman family name, this could be the next best western on film, if some studio would take notice

The art of Timothy Truman is amazing, and I do not use that word lightly. The classic artistic style that Truman has used in previous westerns makes this graphic novel a force to savor and enjoy. His work seems to pop off the pages, like 3-D. I always get humbled on what he does with his art on his projects, including his turns on Jonah Hex graphic novels

good work...enjoy

Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not a Superman tale... 2 Jun 2008
By Terry L. Favor - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a history lesson. It is well written and explains how the Kents came to Kansas and the hardships that occured during that time.
This is not a tale about Superman, but instead of Clarks Earthly family history. Nice change of pace.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, educational, and great fun. A page-turner! 23 May 2006
By Maura Valis Lint - Published on
Format: Paperback
My 11-year-old son read this first, as he is a huge Superman fan. Unlike most of the Superman books, however, with this one he lingered for a long time, really savoring the graphic novel. When he was done, he came to me and said, "Mom, you really HAVE to read this!" Then he read it again about a week later.

When I read it, I understood his absorption, and also why it took longer to read than most comics. First, there is a LOT of history squeezed into the book. While I agree with one reviewer that it strains credulity that the Kent family should encounter practically EVERY important historic personage of the period, I felt that it made excellent dramatic sense. As a homeschooler, I loved how it summarized the historic period for my son. Yes, it is a bit violent, but appropriate to the subject matter. There is no gratuitous violence; rather, the characters and events demonstrate the value of human life and decry the lives lost to war and prejudice.

The book is thought-provoking. The art is superb. All of the artists are wonderful; the change of artists did not bother me in the least. The fictitious Kent characters were well-rounded, much less one-dimensional than most comic book characters. I was heavily invested in the story of Nathaniel by 3/4 of the way through; I literally couldn't put the book down because I wanted to find out what happened to them!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A truly epic western 6 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
An epic graphic novel with as much heart as Larry McMurtry's novel "Lonesome Dove." This book details the history of the family that would one day shape the attitude and spirit of Clark Kent.
This book is also enjoyable for people who have never experienced graphic fiction before, as my wife will attest.
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