Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen

What happens when Clark Kent is born in a world where the Superman comic exists? Where Clark is named after the fiction superhero’s alter ego, something which hounds him all his young life but also leads him to happier times when he gets older?

A friend lent me this graphic novel before quarantine happened, and I’m glad he did because it’s the kind of story that’s much appreciated during a time like this.

Superman: Secret Identity was written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated Stuart Immonen. It was a four-part miniseries that came out in 2004.

In it, Clark Kent finds out that he has Superman’s powers. He uses it to help people, and in doing so, catches the eye of the US government, who try their best to capture him. He does this while becoming a successful author, raising a family, growing old.

His life isn’t easy, but it isn’t hard, either. It’s a wonderful contained story about how struggles are very real at the moment, but seem so far away and sometimes even amusing after, especially when viewed through the lens of time.

It’s a story where everything and nothing happens. It’s a story of a life well lived. I really appreciated that.


Yvette Tan is a multi-awarded author of horror fiction and a lifestyle writer for major local and international titles.