Superman: True Brit

By Kim Howard Johnson

Rating: 3 stars

This graphic novel tries to answer the question of what would happen if the infant Kal-El landed in Somerset rather than Kansas and grew up to be a true Brit. Well the first thing you’ve got to answer is what a true Brit is. The answer that Howard and Cleese have come up with is someone who mustn’t grumble, never stand out and always ask WWTNT (What Would The Neighbours Think), and who ends up working for a sleezy tabloid rather than an upstanding beacon of virtue.

A lot of that rings sort of true, but it never quite gels for me. While it does raise a smile, it’s never laugh-out-loud funny, but the serious story about dealing with corruption and tabloid journalism also feels undermined by the slapstick. And I still have no idea what was going on with Colin’s parents moving house all the time.

So a nice idea and one that kills a bit of free time but in true British fashion, I just shrug my shoulders, s’okay, I s’pose.

Book details

ISBN: 9781401200237
Publisher: DC Comics
Year of publication: 2004

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