Posted July 6, 2013 by Joe Delbridge in Books & Comics

Book Review: ‘Man of Steel’ Novelization by Greg Cox

Is this book better than the movie? Oh, yeah.

Man-of-Steel-novelizationIt’s often said that the “…book is better than the movie.” In this case, author Greg Cox proves why he is the go-to guy for movie adaptations and novelizations. The book, “Man of Steel,” released by Titan Books on June 18, 2013 and is published by DC Entertainment. The story is a novelization of the movie, “Man of Steel” released June 14, 2013 which is directed by Zack Snyder and featuring the acting talents of Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner. “Man of Steel” is based on the character Superman, who was created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel in 1933. The character has gone on to become arguably the most iconic character in comic book history.

The story, by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, retells the origin of Superman, and appears to be somewhat of a take on the movie, “Superman II,” starring Christopher Reeve (my favorite Superman to-date. “Go Forward”). There are several issues that I have with this story, but we won’t hold those against Mr. Cox. I’m sure if he were asked to trim some of the fat from this story, he would do a fine job.

The novelization is a pretty good representation of the film. It felt like I was watching an unedited version, or the Director’s Cut while reading this one. I wonder, though,  if some of the variances are a result of the original script being the source of the novelization, and Snyder changed things up for the screen. For example, when Zod reaches out to harm Martha Kent, Clark Kent’s (Superman’s) mother, Clark says, “You think you can threaten my mother?” Yet in the movie, if I remember correctly, he screams this with angst as he plows into Zod.

Sadly, the cover is a low-resolution photograph of the scene from the movie where Superman is handcuffed. The only reason this photo gained popularity is because it’s pretty much all we were given as a sneak-peek before the film’s release. Yet it really doesn’t define the movie much at all. It’s not about Superman turning himself in–in fact that is a very small portion of the movie and the whole thing with the handcuffs is a ruse anyway, as Supes can remove himself from them any time he so desires.

I would like to have seen a better quality photo on the cover, maybe the armor-looking suit fibers with the most glorious “S” which somehow means “hope?” That was a new one for me. The book doesn’t do any better a job explaining this one, but it does give more insight into why the story may have ended the way that it did with regards to Zod and Supes’ final scene.

I give this novelization an 8/10.

The “Man of Steel” novelization can be purchased at Titan Books and at retail booksellers everywhere.

Joe Delbridge

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