Solid bio and overview of Moore and his work, though it's more a coffee-table book with high production values and interesting new graphics I'd not seSolid bio and overview of Moore and his work, though it's more a coffee-table book with high production values and interesting new graphics I'd not seen in other bios.
Thus, if you're looking for new material on or by Moore, this isn't really the book, but it's well worth looking at for the details.
If nothing else, it's got a more concise talk by Moore about his writing processes than in other interviews or bios. And being able to see copies of his typewritten scripts and/or notebook scribblings gives some color to what you might already know about the man. ...more
If this is the sort of story (and its immediate follow-up in FLASHPOINT) is why Johns needed to resurrect Barry Allen as the Flash, I'm sad as a readeIf this is the sort of story (and its immediate follow-up in FLASHPOINT) is why Johns needed to resurrect Barry Allen as the Flash, I'm sad as a reader, as a comics fan, and as someone who sees stuff like this only undermine and lessen the strength of the Flash's intellectual property....more
SHORT AND SWEET: This is a good book despite a number of flaws in the telling. As with this author's best works, I know I'll end up buying and rereadiSHORT AND SWEET: This is a good book despite a number of flaws in the telling. As with this author's best works, I know I'll end up buying and rereading this to fully absorb/digest what he's written here.
RECOMMENDED TO: folks looking for an interesting new take/approach to self-help books or folks interested either in Morrison or comics from the writer's perspective.
Fair warning--if you're not already a fan of Grant Morrison's writing, this book may not be for you.
I'll admit to being hit-or-miss for me on the direction he takes some thing--loved his Doom Patrol & Invisibles, disliked his X-Men, and am still rather ambivalent on his most recent works.
That said, he's a strong writer with some intriguing ideas if you've the patience to separate the wheat from the chaff (or the points buried within his anecdotes).
If you're only interested in what he's got to say about his subtitle, you may get frustrated in searching for each chapter's few relevant paragraphs as GM covers his backstory and fills in the reader's comics history (for good or ill). Honestly, this could have easily been just a decent sized essay if not for having to explain comics to those who might not know them.
The most crucial chapters to read (in my opinion) would be the Intro, Chapters 10, 14, 16-20, 25, 26, and the Outro; even in saying that, I'll say you really are better served to follow the whole book, as it's an organic thing in which Morrison's ideas build upon each other and seeing from whence an idea sprang gives it better context later on.
SUPERGODS sometimes felt like a first or second draft idea padded out with a lot of anecdotal material and comics history for context. It might have been stronger had his core thesis been written in tight, concise essay form and THEN expanded after the fact with more in-depth detail and follow-up thoughts.
The bulk of the book is Morrison's walk-through of comics history and his own personal history both in and out of comics. Interesting but he plays a bit fast and loose with some chronology and/or character bits simply to make some points, but this isn't intended to be an official history of comics anymore than it's intended to be a full autobiography of GM himself.
Most surprising take-away from the book--He suggest the much-maligned Mort Weisinger used the Superman mythos under his 1950's control as a canvas/showcase for his personal Freudian analyses; amazingly it's a take I've never heard before and find it at least plausible on its face. I also liked that he has the spine to suggest his All-Star Superman and future work would be the Jung comics to Weisinger's Freud comics. :)
A number of folks have ranted on online comics sites against this book because of random toss-off statements; I suspect anyone looking for a reason NOT to like the book will find SOMETHING to offend them herein.
Grant's unapologetic about all his choices, be they drug use, shamanism & magic, or simply why he writes characters a certain way. I wasn't expecting a "How to Write Comics the Grant Morrison Way" (though I'd be interested to read that book, certainly). I accept the writer as he is (or at least as he's presenting himself) without judgment, since he's crafted books that present new things to me with each reread (and I have more fingers than I have writers who have rewarded me with intricate yet eminently approachable work like that).
"What Superheroes have to teach us about being human" is a very interesting idea from a very interesting writer and it's one that deserves more thought and weight; I suspect the reason it's not all here is because Morrison's doing what he's always done--put his ideas in his work and have his characters do the talking for him. Thus, it's changed my perception on a lot of his past work and it's made me want to pick up and reread the entire Invisibles series for the seventh time--wonder what new thing I'll see this time?
And that's the key (for me, at least) with this author--he sticks an idea into my brain that demands follow-up. My first impressions of each work do not necessarily stick. I always end up rereading a lot of Morrison's work and see more each time of the intricate watchworks of idea-building hiding just beneath the surface (which is, let's face it, where we end up reading most comics or books the first time through).
Morrison's got some very "out-there" ideas that won't resonate with all readers, but he does one thing very well in all his work--he buries his ideas into your head (especially good with those you don't notice at first) and keeps you thinking about things. And isn't that what we want from every writer's books? ...more
While a fun look back at "the Big Red Cheese," this book disappointed as it was not the history and full 70th anniversary retrospective I'd hoped to rWhile a fun look back at "the Big Red Cheese," this book disappointed as it was not the history and full 70th anniversary retrospective I'd hoped to read.
Instead, it's a coffee table book (with great graphic design, I'll admit) filled with photos of very rare collectibles and miscellanei connected to Fawcett Comics and the Marvel Family.
If that's of interest, I recommend the book; if you're looking for more on the characters and history, this book barely covers the basics, I'm afraid....more
A very good bio and history both of Eisner and the comics industry itself. There's enough info here to truly flesh out the significance of Eisner's woA very good bio and history both of Eisner and the comics industry itself. There's enough info here to truly flesh out the significance of Eisner's work (especially his autobiographical graphic novels like A Contract with God) without losing the reader in minutiae.
Highly recommended for anyone thinking of a creative career as well as comics fans. Now to go and read The Spirit.......more
I loved this series from its start and many of the characters became favorites (though never Huntress).
I picked this up at the library on a whim, havI loved this series from its start and many of the characters became favorites (though never Huntress).
I picked this up at the library on a whim, having liked much of what I've read of Simone's work in the past.
This was a big WTF train wreck too reliant on too many unexplained and hanging plot threads, an abundance of sloppy and clumsy characterizations that didn't fit what I'd remembered of the characters, and a wafer-thin plot that was as full of holes as some of the laughable costumes.
Sad that such a great book, marvelous characters, and good writer came together in such a waste of trees........more