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4.0 out of 5 stars In certain respects this was actually better than the TPB, 29 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Infinite Crisis (Paperback)
I just thought I'd write this in response to the poor boy above who was so disgusted at having to read a book with actual words in it. There's an (obviously inaccurate) stereotype of comics fans as being semi-literate philistines which his review seems keen to endorse...

In many respects the novelisation is actually better than the graphic novel itself inasmuch as the author, whose prose is functional and brisk, takes the time to explain various details of the origins and motivations of various characters. If one comes to the graphic novel with only a slight knowledge of the DC Universe, and I've always thought mine was reasonably workable, one simply will not be able to identify most of the heroes and villains in the plot, especially the more crowded battle scenes with e.g. Superboy Prime or the scenes surrounding the Rann Thanagar war. For example I had no idea that Conner Kent was Lex Luthor's clone and am aware that various minor characters (e.g. Pantha) are killed off with such reckless abandon by the authors precisely because the reader is unlikely to recognise them or be too disappointed by their demise.

Although weighing in at 400 pages this book can be read in a couple of afternoons (I am VERY slow reader) after which I recommend the reader re-read the graphic novel.

As to the plot: Superboy Prime is obviously a whiney, sanctimonious jerk (so much like so many "fans" in popular culture), but on the other hand he is no worse than the tedious, self-regarding sanctimonious jerk that is Connor Kent. I know Geoff Johns was sorry to kill him off but I really never warmed to this new Superboy. More interesting is the relationship between the two Supermen: the one trying to restore a golden age that never was, the other trying to preserve decency in a rapidly decaying world.

As an aside: the plot has the traces of Alan Moore's work all over, from the first fight with Mongul (taken from "For the Man who has Everything") to the final showdown on Mogo (from "Mogo doesn't socialise"); the DC Universe would not be the same were it not for the work of the great man 20 years before.

In summary I enjoyed this principally because I hadn't properly recognised most of the characters in Infinite Crisis and hadn't grasped several of the plotlines in the original graphic novel, but then I suspect this novelisation was written with people like me in mind and not people like our poor friend who thinks buying paperback novels is a waste of money.
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Initial post: 18 Apr 2011 10:47:06 BDT
I think your assumptions of my review were a bit unfair. Yes, I look at it with mild embarrassment (I wrote it more to let people know what the book was and now that they you guys to describe it, I can get rid of it now) but you are a tad bit assuming of who I am. Anyway, that's your choice.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2011 19:30:10 BDT
Epimenides says:
Nothing personal. I was basically using your review to erect a straw man, specifically the sort of comics reader who really just looks at pictures and massively resents novels. I've now started reading Greg Cox's novelization of 52 and that's pretty good too. I may end up reading all four (Infinite Crisis, 52, Countdown, and Final Crisis); they're just a lot clearer in their descriptions of the characters, situations etc. Also they're pocket sized and one can read them on the train on the way to work. Sorry if I've made your review the object of any opprobrium.

Peace!
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