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Book Title: All-Star Superman Vol. 1|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 341 KB
v The author of the book: Grant Morrison
Edition: Titan Publishing Company
Date of issue: October 24th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781845763947
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Okay, other than Frank Quitely giving Supes the physique of a championship bowler, this book wasn’t bad. It certainly was NOT the loathsome, Batman persona-raping shit bomb that All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder, Volume 1 was (I still haven’t forgiven you for that Frank Miller). I think that Grant Morrison did a good job capturing the essential, archetypal “goodness” of Superman in this homage/tribute/restoration of the icon of icons.
Still, this was a swing and a miss for me...though a well-intended and decently executed one (i’m still looking at you Frank Miller). Part of my displeasure with this is that I’m just not a huge Superman fan and I never really have been. For me, his adventures and story-lines have always lacked the reader engagement and dramatic tension that more “vulnerable” heroes are able to inspire. Therefore, take this review with a grain of kryptonite since I have never been one that drank deep from the kool-aid when it comes to the last son of Krypton.
I like my heroes more “punishing” and with a bit more “bub” in them.
That said, one of my problems with this was the timing in which I read it. I'm currently half way through Grant Morrison’s Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us about Being Human, a full-length non-fiction book on the history of the comic book superhero and I....LOVE...the way this guy writes. Hip, slick, punky, phrase-turning poetry that reminded me of some of his fellow SF-writing Scotsman, Iain Banks and Richard Morgan, both of whose work I love. This guy should definitely be writing novels and I hope he does so in the near future because I was blown away by his witty, grungy prose.
The problem, Houston, is that such style is non-existent here. And, as I look back, that style is non-existent in all of Grant Morrison's comic work that I've read to date. This baffles and sorta ticks me off. For someone so instrumental in increasing the visibility of the comic book form, I don’t know why he wouldn’t unleash a whole can of his breezy, attitude-laden addictive whoop ass to this medium that just screams out for it. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is fine, but reading this and then immediately switching to Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us about Being Human is like alternating between Dan Brown to Dickens...jarring to say the least.
Readers’ Cardinal Rule #1 to writers: don’t “dumb down” the prose...ever. Whether it’s YA fiction, children’s stories or comic books. Write the story and trust your audience. Now, if I wasn't currently reading Morrison’s novel and seeing first hand what a gift the man has, than I may not have been as put off by the writing.
But I am...and I was
Apart from the jarring effects of the writing disparity and the doughy pillsbury nature of the Superman rendering...
my other problems/irritants (without giving away major spoilers) include:
1. The Atlas & Samson “who has the bigger one” contest storyline was silly and stupid. Sorry, but it was.
2. I really squirmed at the portrayal of Lex. This is Lex “other than Darkseid and the Joker, I’m the coolest, most diabolical bad guy in the history of DC badguyness” Luthor. He came across in this story as lame, insignificant and petty. That is, until the last page of issue 5 when he finally came through like Lex should. Still, too little too late. Lex deserves better.
3. The black kryptonite story...Hells NO...and no again...bad idea...nuff said.
Now Jimmy Olsen in a bra was pretty damn funny. However, the rest of the portrayal of Jimmy, in the aforementioned Black Kryptonite episode, was just hokey and uninteresting.
Now, there are certainly some positive aspects to the story. I thought the first issue was good and some of the SF ideas/concepts introduced were quite clever. For example, genetically grown human suicide-bombs...nicely done. In addition, the last issue was fun and also had some real poignancy at the end. Enough that I plan to pick up the next volume in this series and see where it goes from here.
But issues two, three, four and five...MEH...didn’t much care for them.
Overall, not bad and a million times better than All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder, Volume 1, but I can bring myself to give it more than 2.0 to 2.5 stars.
Read information about the authorScottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, yet rate in some of the most critically acclaimed and popular books. He is also active in screenwriting.
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