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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (18 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781165998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781165997
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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"Better than the Movie." --Unleash the Fanboy

Better than the movie. --Unlease the Fanboy

About the Author

Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Knight Rises movie novelization and several hugely popular Star Trek novels. He has also written successful tie-ins for Countdown, Infinite Crisis and many more. Cox is a consulting editor for Tor Books and was nominated in 2008 for the Best Speculative Adapted Scribe Award for 52: The Novel.


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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 May 2016
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This is the novelisation of the film 'Man of Steel' - and follows the story of the movie. It's written by Greg Cox, who's been involved in writing several novels relating to comic book characters. It's a good story, detailing the origins of Superman, and Cox writes well. The book is over 300 pages long, and allows for adequate character development.

The story begins on Krypton, a planet that is about to be destroyed. Jor-El and Lara decide to save their baby son, and send him in a space ship to Earth. As this happens, the tyrannical General Zod attempts to usurp the government of Krypton - but is arrested and imprisoned in the Phanton Zone. On Earth, the baby is found and raised by a human couple ... This child - known as Clark Kent - grows to adulthood, and possesses various super-powers. Clark always seeks to do good, helping people in need, but he feels ostracised from the world - keeping his abilities a secret. He finally discovers an ancient Kryptonian ship, and is informed of his ancestry. He decides to become a super-hero - whom the world will know as Superman!

Meanwhile, General Zod has escaped his imprisonment - only to find his home world destroyed. He and his fellow Phantom Zone escapees are lost in space ... until they receive a signal from the ancient Kryptonian ship activated by Superman. And so Zod heads off to Earth. Upon arriving there, he seeks to destroy Superman and re-make the Earth into a new Krypton. This results in an epic battle - with much of the city of Metropolis being destroyed. Fortunately, Superman is victorious.

This story interestingly combines an origin tale of Superman with a grand adventure involving the Man of Steel taking on the Phantom Zone criminals. It offers a serious narrative - and is not intended to be funny or light.
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Fantastic book. Greatest superhero origin so far.
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I agree with the title "Man of steel" because his strength and invulnerability were his main powers in the book. Yes they did make talk about his super-hearing and X-ray vision, but most were about how physically strong and durable he is.

The story the Kryptonians in this version are not quite the great enlightened civilisation they are on other Superman stories, in this they take a more Gattaca [DVD] [1998] approach to their society. People are born through genetic manipulation to the career their bloodline (family) has been designated. Kal El is the first natural born Kryptonian in centuries it sounds like. Kryptonian technology seems to be a very advanced version of bit technology. Jor El and Zod seem to have a Xavier and Magneto type relationship. From close friends to bitter enemies. They both agree with the unfairness of their culture but have radically different approaches to changing it. Zod is the more violent approach Jor El is the more slowly changing society from within hence the natural birth of his son. He also discovers the planet Krypton is going to be destroyed.

Now the familiar story of Jor El pleads with the council of elders to let him evacuate the planet; at this point Zod launches his rebellion, now time has run out he does manage to create one ship for his son to be taken from the planet to Earth. I like that fact that Clark's strength comes from that fact that his birth planet's gravity is a lot stronger than Earth's.

Clark's childhood seems to be one learning experience after another, I think the take that using his powers even to help people just makes him more of an outsider.
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I've just finished reading Greg Cox's novelisation of MAN OF STEEL and while I enjoyed the book there were many sentences with missing or repeated words which was frustrating.

There is an example of this every few pages in an otherwise well edited book. For example on page 308 there is a line that reads "There was a lot of work of work to do,". This was really annoying.

I also thought it was unfair that the author of this book doesn't get his name on the spine and in only small print on the cover. The aforementioned issues aside he wrote a very engaging book.

Although I have one more gripe. He misspelled Kryptonian on page 219. The n was dropped. He or the proof readers should have picked that up.
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By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 July 2013
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Man of Steel is a great novelisation of my favourite film of the year so far. It's fast-paced and exciting, and includes lots more detail, thoughts and explanations than the film does. This is why I love film and TV tie-in novels so much; they're like a bonus round in a video game, full of extra juicy bits that you don't see on the screen. While this particular novel appears slightly rushed and has quite a lot of missing words and grammatical errors, Greg Cox has once again delivered a highly enjoyable novelisation that is sure to satisfy fans of Superman.

Throughout this novel there are deleted film scenes and some unused dialogue that were obviously cut from the script quite late on. One of these scenes shows a baby Clark at the doctors, having his hearing tested. He screams and all the glass in the nearly Smallville street shatters, leaving the doctor and Martha and Jonathan Kent wondering just who, and what, Clark really is. It's a nice little scene, but I can see why it was cut: it's more of the same and wasn't needed once the audience had already seen how superhuman Clark is. It's nice to have it presented here, though, and it's an added extra for dedicated fans. There are a few instances of different dialogue too, and again it's fun to see how the final screenplay changed and got to where it is now.

Even though I've seen the film quite a few times, I still had questions about certain aspects of the plot. For the most part they're all answered here, with Cox giving a greater understanding of Krypton's current state at the start of the story as well as more of an insight into Jor-El and Zod's thoughts. Which brings me to one of my favourite parts of this book: Jor-El's thoughts!
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