I’ve always preferred Batman to Superman. Batman is gritty and had terrible luck growing up despite being loaded. Superman was raised in rural Kansas by good, God-fearin’ folk who taught him to be respectful of others even when their not to him and to protect all things, because no matter what everything deserves a chance at life. Batman respects life but isn’t afraid to knock some skulls together to get answers and uses fear as a motivator while Superman relies on the good nature that is buried within him. In real life, that is an awesome trait to have and if super-heroes were real I would totally be his number-one fan. But this is fiction, and I get bored with all that wholesomeness.
I thought that with Grant Morrison I’d get to see a little bit more grittiness since the stuff I’ve read by him is filled with grime (Arkham Asylum and The Black Mirror). That didn’t happen. And that’s okay. Superman wouldn’t be Superman without all that wholesomeness to stand on, boring or not. I finished it up thinking about how glad I am that such a hero was made.
So all in all, Superman isn’t that bad. I actually liked volume one. Well, most of it. After the first central story about how Superman comes into his costume, it all went down hill for me. I’m sure that people who read and know Superman’s story would understand what the eff was going on. But it goes from a story that I can follow—I’m figuring out who minor characters are, learning some backstory—to BOOM! What the crap is going on!?
Here is me reading the second half: Who were the bad guys that were stealing parts of Superman’s rockets? Who are the legion of superheroes? Why did they travel in time? Who shot Superman? What’s up with the bullet in his head that people can (time/space???) travel to? Why is there a giant tentacle monster that changes into an alien and then into a man? Uh, I guess there was a happy ending…sweet…I think.
Yeah. That sums it up. I’ll read volume two but only because I borrowed it from a friend.
In the real world Tattoogirl is known as Mai Byers and is a store manager at a video game store. She loves all things nerdy but has only recently gotten interested in the American comic book scene. She writes the column Point of Entry and reviews books and comics incessantly. It’s not just a clever name, she has 30 tattoos. Contact her at email@example.com