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Bizarro Comics

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  433 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Under the premise that Bizarro, Superman's moronic blockheaded doppelganger, has decided to publish his own comic book stories, BIZARRO COMICS presents an irreverent collection of spiteful super hero tales. Taking shots at Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Green Lantern, this rare and hilarious sarcastic look at the super-hero world includes comical tales of the search for a b ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by DC Comics (first published 2001)
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Bizarro Comics was propelled by small controversies and the assertion that it signalled a shift in mainstream comics, making it a minor hit and a milestone of sorts. DC threw a wide net to pull in as many respected 'alternative' cartoonists as they could, with the idea of letting these avant garde heroes and heroines go fucking nuts with DC's toybox full of superheroes and superheroines. Of course, DC's perception of 'going fucking nuts' was 'going #@%!&?$ nuts', and problems arose right awa ...more
Paul Mirek
A thrilling collection of "alternative" cartoonists (funnily enough, featuring several from Nickelodeon Magazine) taking a shot at the vibrant world of DC Comics. My problem with the current state of the industry isn't so much the heavy-handed marketing of major events and line-wide crossovers (those were going on in the early 2000s, too) but that DC and Marvel seem to have retreated into only featuring single versions of their characters--even if that single version is in five books a month. He ...more
Aug 26, 2008 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc, superhero
Bizarro Comics is really a collection of short comics (some as short as a single page) about various characters/concepts spanning across the DC universe, all written and drawn by different artists. Many of these artists are not typical superhero-book artists, and I thought seeing the DC universe through their interpretations is interesting and refreshing. A comical yet intriguing bookend story starring Mister Mxyzptlk encapsulates the 'bizzaro' comics contained in the bulk of the book. There's q ...more
Paul Schulzetenberg
Jun 05, 2012 Paul Schulzetenberg rated it it was ok
I'm not sure I ever wondered what happened when you combined a bunch of independent comic authors with one of the big studios, but I now know. Fittingly, Bizarro Comics is bizarre. Its melding of independent irreverence and non-traditional storytelling with the flat characters of the tights-and-cape set makes for a strange collection. I'm not willing to call it interesting, but it is a spectacle.

Ultimately, I'm not that interested in the DC stable of characters. I sense that there is a vocabular
Dec 02, 2015 Adan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An anthology of shorts featuring DC superheroes by a who's who of late 89s/early 00s indy creators like Evan Dorkin, Gilbert Hernandez, Dave Cooper, Jessica Abel, Steven Weissman, Paul Pope, Bob Fingerman, and many, many more. As with all anthologies there are good stories (like the Pope-drawn Superman strip and the Dorkin/Weissman strip about what sidekicks do once their heroes have left them behind, but there are also some bad ones. Overall, quite enjoyable, though, and I had fun remembering w ...more
Jul 30, 2011 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tongue-in-cheek look at the DC Universe, Bizarro Comics is a collection of offbeat and humorous tales. Confronted by the universal conqueror dubbed "A," consummate prankster Mr. Mxyzptlk gets stuck with Bizarro as his chosen champion for a cosmic contest. The anti-Superman begins sketching out pages of stories, poking fun at Aquaman, Batman, Superman, and more, in response to the challenge. Offering an assortment of stories to enjoy, this collection is wacky, hilarious, funny, and an all-aroun ...more
Max Rebo
Decepcionante visión alternativa de los superhéroes DC. Quienes esperen algo políticamente incorrecto no lo encontrarán. Apenas algunas historias dibujan una sonrisa (por ejemplo la gamberra relectura de la 'adopción' de Robin por parte de Batman, en la que el chico maravillas funambulista es...un chimpancé). Otras presentan un dibujo interesante, pero en conjunto la recopilación es insatisfactoria.
Sep 29, 2012 Darryl rated it really liked it
DC superheroes re-imagined by a whole bunch of celebrated alternative comix creators.

Includes warped versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Hawkman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and others.

A short read and good fun - probably even better if you are more familiar with these independent comix artist's work than I am.

Winner of the 2002 Harvey and Eisner awards for best anthology.
Mariah Drakoulis
Jan 28, 2012 Mariah Drakoulis rated it liked it
Bizarro comics is an anthology of comics about supers as seen through the eyes of Bizarro. Whilst it was beautiful and refreshing to see superhero comics drawn by alternative and indie hands, some of the stories were a little boring. There are definitely some treasures in there though, and most of the writers were not lacking for wit. Altogether entertaining, and a book I would buy if just because it is beautifully designed and gorgeous to look at.
Conrad Leibel
Sep 04, 2015 Conrad Leibel rated it really liked it
Good collection, I really enjoyed the framed narrative (and thought it was well written) and the segue into "Super-Pets", which was my favourite entry. I also enjoyed Batman looking for the Night Fumbler, and the "Clubhouse of Solitude" was a quite refreshing entry. While some of the other entries seemed to be "one joke" narratives, the quality of the good ones made this a collection worth reading.
Tamir Hason
May 24, 2014 Tamir Hason rated it really liked it
Bizrro Comics is a collection of short cartoonist atories, that according to the storyline were written by Bizarro himself. Most of the story is really funny, especially the prologue and epilogue that follows the main story about Mr. Mxyzptlk in his effort to save the fifth dimension from a conqueror named A. The team up between Mxyzptlk and Bizrro is really genius and hilarious, as well as the feeling of each to one another.
Not bad, but I read the sequel before this one and think it's better. I liked the wrap-around story starring Mxyzptlk, but there were fewer stand-out short stories this time around. I liked "Supergirl and Mary Marvel in the Clubhouse of Solitude" (Horrocks/Abel), "One Piece, Two Piece, Red Piece, Blue Piece" (Fingerman/Cooper), "Inside the Batcave" (Pope/Stephens), "That's Really Super, Superman" (Brunetti/Dorkin), and "Without You I'm Nothing" (Dorkin/Weissman).
Sep 17, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: DC Comics fans
Shelves: comix-novel
Underground comix artists give their various takes on DC comic book superheroes with very amusing results. So you have Gilbert Hernandez rendering superheroes as kids at the school playground, Kyle Baker doing Superman as a baby stressing out his baby sitter, Bill Wray doing Aquaman as a wishy-washy hero, Evan Dorkin on the Martian Manhunter Celebrity Roast, etc. I love this book!
As with any anthology, there are good and bad stories here. However, I think the bad outweighs the good, and since DC has a tendency to be rather serious, I think it's worth enjoying the fun stories when you have the chance. Unsurprisingly, Kyle Baker's work is the stand out in the collection
Feather Mista
Feb 09, 2011 Feather Mista marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Veremos...
Recommended to Feather by: Que estaba a mano
Hace mil años me leí varias historias de este libro, que me venían gustando bastante, y lo colgué de nabo. Hace novecientos noventa y nueve años que no lo veo por ningún lado, así que supongo que esperaré alguna redición para terminármelo. Prometer, prometía.
Jan 14, 2015 Joel rated it liked it
Shelves: not-at-durham
Like any anthology, this one had its ups and downs. I mostly found it interesting since I'm someone who knows most of the DC continuity it signifies on. The framing sequence was a bit of a let down; it certainly didn't deserve 60 total pages.
Melissa Bryan
Jul 06, 2014 Melissa Bryan rated it it was amazing
This is very bizarro...I laughed outload. The graphs are great. If haven't read this one yet you need to read it this summer under a shade tree and if you laugh outload then people will just think you are Bizarro.
May 01, 2011 Peacegal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not a follower of Batman, Superman, or any of the other members of the galaxy of comic book heroes. However, these stories present the familiar DC comics stable in a whole new light—one that’s “Bizarro”! It’s an ironic, funny, and creative turn that even non-fans can appreciate.
Jan 30, 2008 Automation rated it really liked it
This is a collection of indy comics people doing short stories in the DC universe with no restrictions, it is great.
Emma Clement
This was a really funny anthology. It was very sarcastic and entertaining. Very different from the 'typical' superhero comic book!
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
Bizarro, indeed. While a couple of the tales are just plain stupid, overall, this is a funny and fun take on those beloved classic comic book heroes and heroines.
Apr 05, 2009 Wallace rated it really liked it
Shelves: sequential-art
Light twists on superhero stories, all fairly short and to the point. All in the name of good clean fun.
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