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Preview — Supergods by Grant Morrison
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 ...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 dark...more
I have a sulky feeling that the only reason Grant published this book was to take advantage of ...more
I've had mixed reactions to Grant Morrison over the years. I loved All-Star Superman, 52, some of his Batman work, and Marvel Boy. His X-Men were good and I liked his run on Doom Patrol quite a bit, even though I didn't understand it, and I loathed Final Crisis. I ...more
Imagine you have a crazy friend who loves hopscotch. Grown-ass man, but he loves hopscotch, makes you play it every time you go over to his house. This is his deal, you know this about him. One day, your friend calls you up and says, "Hey, come over to my house, let's play basketball." And you go over to his house, and he actually wants to play basketball! You guys play two whole quarters of a basketball game.
But then at halftime, your friend ...more
One of the most interesting and best comics writers, Grant Morrison, has produced a chronicle of comics from their inception in the late 30s to the present day, along the way talking about superheroes and their effect on our culture as well as providing a look into his own turbulent life from quiet teen to superstar writer. Supergods is throughout a fascinating look at this wondrous creation, the superhero.
For me, a huge fan of comics and superhero comics, ...more
And like Morrison, Im tired and bored with the dystopian, snarling pretenders in tights who masquerade as superheroes these days. Im no Pollyanna or prude afraid of the dark Ive spent a fair share of my career writing ...more
And then there's the story of superheroes. Much of it is a laundry list of events and characters, which is might be interesting if you're not into comic books... but then again, Identity Crisis? Blackest Night? Civil War? They're manufactured events. ...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 ...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 ...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 ...more
For me, this book ranged from interesting (the initial sections on the history of the silver and golden ages), to boring (the early personal history of the author), to annoying (his constant ...more
FIRST TIER REVIEW
Who would be interested in this book? A good question, because it really is THREE different (but not unrelated) books in one - so any indicator I give should be tempered by that knowledge. The majority of the book would be of interest to fans of Grant Morrison's work in superhero comics (duh), and those interested in an (admittedly) subjective and ...more
The healthy mind finds ways to cope, and Grant Morrison ...more
However, it goes without saying that he is a master of the medium, wildly appreciated, and a student of the art, and so when I ...more
I've been a comics fan for 35 years, and am fairly well versed in the classic super-hero books. The book begins as an exploration of the super-hero, covering territory that is well known to anyone with a passing familiarity with comics history.
There really isn't anything new on the historical front. The book is divided into four parts, Golden Age, Silver Age, Dark Age, and ...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
Supergods starts off strong as a mythological and psychological history of the very concept of the superhero, up until the point where the author himself enters the story and it becomes an autobiography. I can't really fault Morrison for not ...more
On a more personal level, I'm glad to have a better understanding of the origin of Morrison's Invisibles series, which ...more
I found some interesting things, but also a lot of information about comics I have never heard of.
I have to say that listening to Morrison speak so highly and passionately about his love for comics upped the book, even though I'm not that interested ...more
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 ...more
Supergods is, ...more
This was a difficult read, mainly because of the writing itself. It is clearly written by someone used to having his words quickly translated into ...more
By "finished," I mean gave up two-thirds of the way through.
It's just awful. First off, it's misleading. The subtitle is "What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human." And it does indeed start as an examination of comics and society. It's not a great examination. Most of it you've heard before. The rest just sounds like Morrison thinks tossing loads of adjectives together will impress. ...more