Writer Brad Meltzer and artist Chris Eliopoulos are adding the DC Universe to their series of Ordinary People Change the World books, with “I Am Superman,” “I Am Batman,” and “I Am Wonder Woman” titles.
For almost 80 years, the story of Clark Kent has been told by thousands of creators and this picture book biography is the perfect way to introduce the young readers to this legendary superhero. From his beginnings on his birth planet Krypton to his childhood on Earth, “I am Superman” focuses on the ways Clark Kent was super because of his actions, not just his powers.
The “Stories Change the World” series retells beloved, iconic fictional tales of heroism, providing a lively and fun first version of the myth and why it’s inspirational, and serving as a fantastic stepping stone to get young readers interested in nonfiction biographies.
Included in each book are:
- A timeline of key moments in the story’s history
- Images of important film, TV, and cartoon versions of the story
- Comic-book-style illustrations that are in the superhero’s life story
- Childhood moments that influenced the hero
- Facts that make great conversation-starters
- A character trait that makes the character heroic and that readers can aspire to
“These books exist because I want my kids to have better values than what society seems to be feeding them online,” Metzler told Polygon.com. “I am Superman is all about the power of kindness and being a good person, I am Batman is about determination, I am Wonder Woman is about justice and the power of strong women. Sadly, these are values that seems to be under attack these days. Speaking for myself, those values are what the characters gave me as a kid. It’s an idea that’s endlessly powerful.”