Written by: John Edward Betancourt
My love of comics is in no way as great as my love of film and television. But don't get me wrong, I do love comics. In fact, between a heavy dose of Star Trek and Star Wars during my youth, there was one man who I looked up to outside of my father and that man was Superman.
His story had always left me in awe, and the comics were a great way to enjoy his adventures while I was waiting for the next Christopher Reeve movie to hit the big screen. Yet while I read comics on a regular basis, I don't often re-read them if you know what I mean. Usually I get through the story and then move on to the next one, doesn't mean I didn't like it, it simply means that particular one didn't quite stand out enough for me to want to visit it over and over. But of the many stories out there about the Man of Steel, there is one that I read often; Superman: Peace on Earth.
The plot for this particular story is simple. Superman decides that it is high time he take on a greater challenge in the world, feeding the hungry. The beauty in this, is that we go with him on that journey and it is one of the few times in a comic book that we are given an accurate look of what the world might look like if Superman were a real being.
There is still starvation abound, awful dictators and the indifferent. It's terrifying in a way, since we often look to Superman in comic form as the answer to so much. I won't say much more on his journey in this comic, because it has to be experienced. With incredible top notch art from Alex Ross, and a story by Paul Dini; Superman: Peace on Earth is one of the finest stories in Kal-El's long history and one that will stay with you long after you've put it down.
In fact I often find myself re-reading this comic over any other comic in my collection, because of the beautiful message that it carries. It reminds us of the value of human life, and that to make the world a better place we have to be better people, and to find that in a comic book is nothing short of spectacular.