Superman: Grounded by J. Michael Straczynski

    Review by:  Lisa

Title:  Superman: Grounded

Author:  J. Michael Straczynski

Collection:  Graphic Novels

Following the year-long New Krypton storyline, the story depicts Superman’s return to Earth after residing on New Krypton. Exiting a congressional hearing about the “Hundred Minute War,” he is confronted with the notion that he has grown disconnected from everyday Americans he has been committed to watching over, and doesn’t truly know what his adopted people are like anymore. Feeling a responsibility to his adopted homeland, he begins a long journey where he will walk across the United States to reconnect with the everyday people he is committed to protecting.

This is one of the best Superman graphic novels in years, positioning the character for a transformation that literally brings him down to Earth.  Although the superman character has traditionally been someone to solve the big problems that no one else can, Superman: Grounded brings a social consciousness and humanity to Big Blue that has been missing from his story for too long.  Highly recommended.

Teen Read Week is an initiative of the  Young Adult Library Services Association(YALSA). Teen Read Week started in 1998. This year’s theme is Picture It @ your library®, which encourages teens to read graphic novels and other illustrated materials, seek out creative books, or imagine the world through literature, just for the fun of it. Libraries across the world celebrate Teen Read Week with a variety of special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for pleasure and to visit their libraries for free reading materials.

To help celebrate, the Allegany County Library System Collections Blog will feature books that teens will love to read!

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