DC Universe: Trail of Time by Jeff Mariotte

DC Universe: Trail of Time
ISBN 0446616591
  • Author:
    Jeff Mariotte
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    DC Universe: Trail of Time
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    Genre Fiction
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    Grand Central Publishing (February 1, 2007)
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Clark Kent is living in a darkworld where he has no powers, no memory of ever beinganything other than human. His world is controlled bymystical forces no one can challenge, with thetriumvirate of Vandal Savage, Mordru, and Felix Faustcalling the shots.The Demon and Phantom Stranger approach Clark andtell him that he is really Superman, that alterationsmade more than a hundred years ago to the time stream arecausing space-time fluctuations that will result in thisparticular reality becoming the sole reality, unlesssomething is done. Since Superman is powerless in thisreality, and since the alterations were made in the past,the three heroes have to travel into the past,specifically into the American Southwest of the 1870s,where Jonah Hex, Bat Lash and other DC Western heroeshelp them set things right again.

While searching Amazon for good Superman stories, I came across this book. The reviews looked pretty good and the price was right (I bought used). So I decided to purchase this book.

When it arrived, I couldn't put it down! Within two days I had completely read the entire piece. I literally read the book every opportunity I had. I simply enjoyed reading it!

Now, I can't tell you that this book will change your life - it won't. You will provably not want to read it again - I am not certain that I will. However, that will not stop your enjoyment of the piece. For while you are reading it, you will forget all that.

Are there issues with the book? Yes. Then again I wouldn't expect any less of a book of this kind. (Prose Fiction). To be honest, it is way better than some DC comics (particularly the ones put out in the late eighties to early nineties). Which is not that bad! Certainly they will not stop you from having a good time!
Even though I am familiar with the characters the storyline was not easy to follow, making it a requirement to re-listen to what I'd just listened to prior to moving onto next chapter. Not one of the better selections though I got it for the characters involved as it asks much of me that I noticed going through it that my interest was not held, though I completed it, it was a chore. Such was not the case for titles "Final Crisis" nor "The Flash Stop Motion".
I have read all four of the DC Universe books published so far. They are all worth reading but Trail of Time is by far the best. To have Jonah Hex, Bat Lash, Scalphunter, El Diablo, and Johnny Thunder together helping Superman, Phantom Stranger, and the Demon (Jason Blood)against Vandal Savage, Mordu and Felix Faust was magnificent. I never have seen a text adventure featuring the DC western heros before. This novel also has Dr Occult, Lois Lane, and Zatanna guest starring.

I hope that Warner publishes more of the DC Universe series as having the lessor known heros featured was a real trreat,
Interesting read. It played with multiple earths and Vandal Savage's effort to take over rulership of the world, per usual case. I enjoyed the interaction of less DC known characters.
Deodorant for your language
It has been a good book. I am a sucker for anything comic related expecially characters I like. This is a fun book with time travel and Jonah Hex, Phantom Stranger, Demon, Vandell Savage, Faust, and a bunch of other characters. Enjoy
Not bad
Superman, The Demon, and The Phantom Stranger.

One of the odder team-ups to come down the line, particularly in a novel.

This story opens with Clark Kent in a dystopian, scared future, with tight media control, and Lois pretty much a reporter with a double life, illegally investigating reports of a shadowy overlord known as Vandal Savage. It doesn't go to well for her.
This world also has a red sun.

The Stranger and Etrigan turn up, tell the Clark of this world of a dual-world timestream plot involving Mordru, Felix Faust and Vandal Savage.

Into this story we add Jonah Hex, Bat Lash, El Diablo, Scalphunter, and Johnny Thunder in separate interludes, as the heroes from modern times try and work out how to stop the plot, which from the aforementioned group of gunslingers is likely to end up in the Old West.

There's also a Lois Lane investigating people smuggling subplot, not sure why that was added - whether to have a significant female character, or to juxtapose the free-world Lois with what happens to the three overlord controlled variety, not sure, but it is the only part that doesn't seem to fit as well.

There are also cameos by Zatanna and Dr Occult.

So, barring the old Challengers of the Unknown or Blackhawks novels, this is likely the DC novel with the most obscure characters that may ever appear.
Hey, any superhero fiction is fun, but this book truly is remarkable. Is it action adventure? SF time travel? Historical fiction? Magical fantasy? A western?

Yes, all of the above.

What makes this book truly unique out of all the superhero tales I've read over the years is the immense cast. My hat is off with a whooping congratulations to the author and editors who let this gem slip through. This book truly exposes the depth and width of the DC universe and introduces a wide arrange of characters over the course of the story.

Though a diehard fan of superheroes, I sometimes get tired of the main heroes always hogging the spotlight. Book after book focuses on just the well-known superstars, like Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, or Iron Man. Hey, we have entire universes here, so let's give some of the other thousands of characters a break. The only series to date that has attempted to expose some of the wider crowd is the X-Men.

I hope this book will serve as a lessson to both Marvel and DC as to what is possible. Let's see some of those other, perhaps lesser known characters in action! They deserve an adventure today.