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Superman & Bizarro team up in new interactive storybook app

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LivoBooks has partnered with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products to launch Superman and Bizarro Save the Planet, an interactive storybook app that allows young readers — OK, probably a few older ones as well — to control the adventure.

Judging from the accompanying images and video, the app will likely hold some appeal for fans nostalgic for the classic Man of Steel, complete with red trunks. As the title suggests, the story brings together Superman and Bizarro (plus Krypto) for an unlikely team-up against a perhaps equally unlikely foe, one-time Justice League International villain Manga Khan. who’s … traveling the universe stealing famous artifacts.

The premise may be a bit offbeat, but the app, as depicted in the video below, seems kind of fun, even if the motion comic-style animation isn’t particularly thrilling. Drag-and-play interactive elements allow readers to direct the story, selecting whether, say, Bizarro or Superman uses his powers against a threat.

The free version of the app includes the first part of the story and a photo page; the version with the complete story and all the bells and whistles costs $3.99. It’s available on iTunes and Google Play.

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I wonder why they felt the need to team up Superman up with Bizzaro?

Andrew Collins

July 10, 2014 at 9:25 am

Ha! Love seeing Manga Khan and L*Ron being used for something. I’m afraid they’re a little too light hearted to fit into DC’s current universe of comics…

Hmmm… Superman’s wearing the red trunks in this app. You know… the good costume. Anyway, the app looks pretty fun.

(I’m out of the loop, but has Bizarro showed up in the New 52? Is he styling the same body armor, or is he wearing the classic look? Because either option is weird.)

Bizarro did show up, he wore the t-shirt from Superman’s first costume in New 52 Action Comics and the pants and boots of the New 52 armor.

Manga Khan always had potential. Take away the melodramatic lines and slapstick humor and you have a cosmic crime boss who basically is into interstellar trading, smuggling and trafficking. One who actually had the gall to try and barter with Darkseid! He’s already one of Lobo’s best clients.

Script by Louise Simonson, art by Ron Frenz and Brett Breeding (according to information provided by Breeding on Facebook).

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