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It's a Bird... by Steven T. Seagle
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Nov 30, 10

bookshelves: fiction, graphic-novels
Read from November 29 to 30, 2010

The first thing that made me pick up "It's a Bird" from the clearance table at Green Apple Books was the brilliant artwork of Teddy Kristiansen. The second was the promised deconstruction of the Superman mythology and the final reason for purchasing this book was the presence of one word within the first 3 pages--Huntingtons.

Its a Bird is the autobiographical account of writer Seagle's difficulties in coping with his grandmother's and ultimately his aunt's deaths due to Huntington's disease. While facing the fears that he may be genetically predisposed to the same sickness, Seagle is forced to contend with his memories of the man of steel when he is asked to write for the Superman series.

The face value of Superman has never appealed to me. It all seemed too easy when compared to other heroes like Batman. However, Seagle picks apart the entire mythos from the coloring of Superman costume to the conceptual ideas of power, courage, escape, secrecy and belonging. This new take on the Man of Steel makes the character seem not only more approachable, but ultimately imperfect and flawed.

It isn't an action packed comic, but a character driven story. Either way, recommended for those who loved Superman, those who hated Superman, and those who appreciate better character development in their comic books.
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