Book Review: Brandon Sanderson’s Firefight trades exterior threats for internal struggles

Perhaps no other superhero is involved in as many “what if?” scenarios as Superman. Comic writers have posited how the world of DC Comics might be different if the Man Of Steel wasn’t there to unite the Justice League, what might happen if he disappeared or died, and the terror he could sow if he wasn’t fighting for “truth, justice, and the American way.” Some people think Superman’s awesome power and Boy Scout ethics make him boring, but these stories show his importance as a beacon of hope—proof that absolute power doesn’t have to corrupt absolutely.

While Superman is never directly mentioned in Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners series, the character’s influence looms large. The title villain of the first novel, Steelheart, was a near invulnerable, flying tyrant that commanded a group of lesser superpowered beings. The dystopian future, in which the rise of the …

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