Superman is the most recognizable character in comics history. Why shouldn’t he be, he is indestructible. He is like a superhero messiah that has defied even death. Why wouldn’t Mark Millar want to use him as a starting place for his superb adaptation of a familiar comic book trope? In Superior the reader is given a heaping helping of Superman, with a dash of Captain Marvel a.k.a. Shazam, bit of the monkey’s paw, and the movie Big for good measure. I absolutely loved this series. I read it in just over an hour and hope that another installment is on the horizon.
The story focuses on Simon, a twelve year old boy that has been stricken with multiple sclerosis. Simon has a best friend named Chris who has stood by him through everything. This relationship carries Simon in those times when he is unsure what to do both as Simon and as Superior.
To begin with Superior exists prior to Simon’s transformation. He is a fictional character played by Tad Scott, an aging actor. The movie franchise has gone through several sequels and the popularity of the series is waning. However, Simon is a huge fan. It is his fandom which fuels what happens next.
A magical space monkey named Ormon grants Simon a wish that will change his life forever, a wish to become Superior. Everything seems hunky dory and Simon spends his days saving the world from eminent peril. Yet is Ormon the angel he is perceived to be or does he have other plans for the boy? Read and find out, it is well worth it!