Book Review: The World's Greatest Super-Heroes

The World's Greatest Super-Heroes

The World's Greatest Super-Heroes differs slightly from other super-hero comics in the way it's told. They are written from a first-person perspective accounting the super-heroes struggles to help humankind. It's sort of like a visual diary.

In the first four stories, Superman, Batman, Shazam and Wonder Woman are featured, each in their own story. Superman is working on eradicating hunger, Batman's trying to stop crime, Shazam visits kids at a hospital and Wonder Woman working towards peace. They found out that solving problems with superpowers isn't as easy as it seems.

Shazam's story is nice because it's just different from the usual super-hero-saving-the-world theme. He visits some kids at the hospital because they wrote letters to him. Although he did prevent the explosion of a dam while taking the kids on excursion.

The fifth story is a series of two page comics looking at the origins of the other super-heroes from the Justice League of America. This part is a great introduction to those who aren't already familiar with the League.

And in the last story, we have the super-heroes working together to combat a deadly virus that arrived in a meteorite. It shows their teamwork, perhaps too conveniently when one would appear almost instantly when another is in danger.

Alex Ross, as he always do, painting these beautiful and detailed panels, all 400 pages of them - some of which you will see in his art books. His hyper-realistic art and the wonderful writing of Paul Dini is a fantastic combination.

Highly recommended to super-hero fans.

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