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Supergods by Grant Morrison
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Sep 27, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from August 07 to September 27, 2011

Pretty awesome stream-of-consciousness history of comics from the perspective of one of its most daring writers. Morrison has always brought a little bit of the crazy to his work, and that's in no short supply with SUPERGODS. Interwoven with his interpretation of the great movements in superhero comics since 1938 is Morrison's personal story about growing up in Glasgow and inching toward his rebellious career as a comic book writer. These scenes play out as a sort of superhero origin story themselves, something Morrison may be seeking anyway as he tries on the multiple "fiction suits" of his characters.

Say what you will about the dense oddity of Morrison's comics writing-- this, his first prose venture, is captivating and fun. What I enjoyed particularly about SUPERGODS is the background to some of Morrison's more insane ideas, e.g. the concept that the DC Universe is a living, conscious entity that writers tap into and make contact with to relay stories in a neverending parade of multiple universes. Most of this background involves a lot of trippy drugs and counter-culture for which the author has been made famous in the past. But the result is the same: a fascinating story about one comic book writer's attempt to alter the fabric of perceived and unperceived reality through writing his own comics.

That's not to say that some of the history Morrison presents isn't totally accurate or free from bias. He takes a lot of potshots at a lot of people in his narrative, some of it bordering on abject slander. But it's interesting to get his behind-the-scenes take on how the comics industry has worked for the past few decades. I particularly enjoyed his breakdown of the "Dark Age" of comics and its various authors, illustrators and events.

Highly recommended.

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