Original title: Superman: Miracle Monday.
Title of this edition: Superman: Miracle Monday.
Author: Elliot S. Maggin.
Gender: Fantasy / Science Fiction.
Editorial: Warner Books.
Edition year: 1, 1981.
Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: The main story is about a demon coming from a parallel universe, which suppose to be working for Satan. Lex Luthor is the one who opened the gate unaware of it. The demon, called C.W. Saturn, exposes Clark Kent as Superman and causes chaos on Earth. It’s only purpose is to corrupt Superman and make him do something horrible. Fortunately, Superman’s wisdom and humanity can’t be corrupted, and Saturn losses all its powers leaving Earth in peace. That is known as miracle Monday. The side story is about an historian coming from the future to study what happened in the first Miracle Monday.
Personal Review: What can I say? It’s Superman and I like Superman:
Well… to be honest… I like the human part of Superman of the book, but I dislike the Saturn part of the book. I mean, science fiction and Superman is cool, but Superman and magic… ughhh. Even the time travellers are ok, but the demon…
So, going back to the human part of Superman, is quite interesting to discover how Superman spends more time as Clark Kent than flying around earth. Some people say that Clark is how Superman sees us, helpless, scared, and clumsy, but for me it’s only that Superman is so perfect that the only way of being Clark is being too much Clark.
Another thing I like from the book is that it unveils a more complex relationship between Superman and Luthor, and more important, represents a Luthor that is not a foolish super evil, but somebody who plays with his own rules, a genius. At some point the story tells how Luthor keeps several secret identities and how he hides his evil machines as sculptures that are shown in the bets museums on earth without anybody knowing that are they for. In this way he can keep them safe every time he goes into prison.
My general review is, if you like Superman, read it, it gives a deeper understanding of his personality. Specially, it was interesting thinking about Superman only sleeping half an hour per day, sometimes while flying.
Next stop? The previous book, Superman: Last Son of Krypton. (which by the way, I don’t have yet).