Monday, December 19, 2011

Supergods - Review


Comic book fans are more than familiar with Grant Morrison, who has written such epic and inspiring works as All-Star Superman, The Invisibles, and Batman and Robin. He's always had a very unique approach to reading and explaining comics and now he's collected them all in this book that highlights all of the ages that comic books and their characters have gone through, as well as the effect they've had on his life and others.

The book covers everything from The Golden Age to the comic book Renaissance that ushered in the books we currently read in shops and our homes. Each age is broken down by its trends, cultural impact, and creative approaches used by the teams that wrote and drew some of pop cultures most iconic characters. Morrison then always tastefully includes how the works affected him and his writing, giving you a more personal look at the topic rather than a regurgitation of information that you might find in a textbook about the subject.

The thing that I've heard some people complain about in this title is the more personal experiences of Morrison detailing his usage of drugs, alcohol, and his more psychedelic adventures with spirituality and abduction. But Morrison himself has constantly reminded readers that all he's doing is telling the truth about his experiences and nothing more. He doesn't try to sell you on a different viewpoint, he only uses the stories to explain how he approached his work and the work of others, as well as how he connects with the universe. Which, when you think about it, is all any writer is trying to do.

As a reference to the history of comic books it's indispensable, and the guiding light that Morrison provides through the different ages and his own career are as bright as a Green Lantern power battery on the pages of DC Comics, or perhaps a repulser blast for those more in favor of Marvel.

I give this book a solid 4.5/5 for being another example of how important comics and sequential storytelling are to the world as a form of literature, and its explanation of how important superheroes are to our culture, ideals, and growth as a population and collective species. This is great for fans of comic books and would make a great Christmas gift for someone who is looking to learn more about comics as a medium, or just about how and why they relate to Spider-Man or Superman so much. Take my word for it, it's a must read.

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