Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
The first superhero comic ever published, Action Comics no. 1 in 1938, introduced the world to something both unprecedented and timeless: Superman, a caped god for the modern age. In a matter of years, the s...more
Good, good stuff.
I loved his artful, breezy prose, an example of which can be seen in this excerpt from his discussion of the creation of Superman and Batman in the 1930's:
“From the beginning, the ur-god and his dar...more
I have a sulky feeling that the only reason Grant published this book was to take advantage of...more
While most people would not associate a graphic novel writer with great literature ability Grant Morrison here demonstrates that he is a writer. His work is full of beautifully composed prose and draws on a variety of q...more
Supergods is separated into 4 sections based on the comics of that "era". We start with the classic Golden Age of Superman and Batman's first appearance in comics. Morrison does a fantastic job of explaining the huge impact that these kind of super heroes had on a world that was spiraling into darkness. The Gre...more
The healthy mind finds ways to cope, and Grant Morrison fo...more
On that basis, I simply can't get behind his "reality as useful fiction," which, whatever he might think, owes a lot more to his abs...more
I started out thinking this was going to be a fantastic book. The well-reasoned critical discussion of comics history (for example, I had never thought to do an in-depth artistic analysis of the Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 covers) and its relation to the contemporary culture that influenced it is terrific for many chapters. Everything was going smoothly... until Grant Morrison was born.
Once Morrison reaches an era where he can access his own memories, he immediately inserts himself...more
It's well-written, but if you're picking it up because it's written by Grant Morrison, post-m...more
Grant Morrison is a funny, clever writer with something interesting to say. It was weird but cool how he weaved himself into the history of co...more
"Supergods" is a spiritual and sociological exploration of the contemporary superhero both in terms of myth and pop culture as well as Morrison's personal treatise on the b...more
Morrison does an excellent job connecting comic books and autho...more
Morrison's writing really sparkles here and there. But the first part of the book, before Morrison entered the picture (in his own career), is deadly dull. That's what actually took me the longest to read; for quite a while I just read 5 or 6 pages right before bed. When Morrison enters the pictu...more
Not only did I learn a great deal about the history of superhero comics, but this book is part-memoir, so that his own story intertwines with comic history. I imagine some will be annoyed by his self-importance, but let's face it: he has a lot to do with the direction superheroes have taken, especially in DC. It fulfilled all my needs as a reader, f...more
There is something beautiful about the way this book works. It blends incites on what was important (both to the medium in general, and to Grant as a young boy) with history, personal experiences, thoughts, etc. The seamless and gradual transitions happen right where they should and tell us a...more
However, just a couple of pages after I was really beginning to dig that parti...more
This book takes the read through comic book history, examining superhero comic books throughout the ages, from an almost mathematical dissection of "Action Comics #1" to the present day, interlaced with Morrison's own life experiences.
This really is a love letter to the genre and an examination the psychology of superheroes and how they interact with our own lives. Why do peop...more
I really enjoyed reading this book, which in many ways, st...more