Superman reviews for waterstones.com

 


Superman: The Death of Clark Kent – Superman S. by Dan Jurgens, et al.

An often neglected part of the Mythos, and a less high profile piece then ‘His Death’ or reinvention as ‘Superman Red/Superman Blue’, this collection deals with one of the biggest questions about Superman, who is Clark Kent, and for many ‘Kill Bill’ fans; why is Clark Kent?

A great character driven part of Kal-El’s history, showing the importance of Superman’s humanity while he rises above it. It’s still maintains a sense of drama and is pacey as more and more you realize how important the supporting cast is too our hero, and how vulnerable they can be.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies by Ed McGuinness, et al.

It takes a special writer to be able to give two such strong leads equal footing, Jeph Loeb has proved himself again with this storyline. To be able to mix high action with mean tension these icons define each other with a single line or thought.

McGuiness’ artwork continues to shine; being bold, brash and utterly believable as Bruce and Clark take on the machinations of President Lex Luthor and a staple of villains that could only be beaten by the World’s Finest.

The Death of Superman – Caped Crusader Classics S. v. 6 by Mike Carlin

A story that was unexpected and unexpectedly good, this launched a lot of spin off stories that reverberate within comics to this day. A worthwhile entertaining read for older teenagers (I wore the armband at the time, and felt like doing so again rereading this) and a reasonably priced nostalgia fest for older boys like me!


Kingdom Come by Mark Waid, et al.

With Lavish artwork and sharp characterizations, this story arc is often in the top ten of comic books to come out in recent years.

Taking the unsteady and uncertain framework for a future as depicted in the likes of ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Waid expands upon it to critique the affect of super powers on a truly global, neigh, Galactic scale.

This book also marked a real coming of Age for Alex Ross who’s painting here conveys real presence and strength within his cast and allows for a realistic anatomy, to marry with the absurd in such a way it’s hard to remove your eyes from the page.

up, uP AND AWAY!


Superman: For tomorrow by Brian Azzarello, et al.

A worthy companion peice to Batman: Hush, taking some of the core aspects of the Superman mythos and bringing the dichotomy of Clark Kent/Kal-el to light in a manner rarely seen.

But whereas Batman digs deep into the heart of human frailty this collection shows how the Superman character can use humanities strengths to soar.


Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? – Superman S. by Curt Swan, et al.

Alan Moore is one of the most prestigious contemporary writers within comics, Curt Swann the most classical, some would say definitive Superman artist, and together they have created the story no one could have possibly imagined!

Tentatively set around the last issues of the 80’s incarnation of the last son of krypton, Alan takes the character and his colour rogues gallery and gives true dignity to what can only be described as an end to an era within comics.

Bright, vibrant and even at its darkest moments, so full of heart for the man of steel, a classic in it’s genre!


Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid, et al.

An imaginative attempt to bring the Superman we know in tandem with the Kent’s that we see within ‘Smallville’. Birthright is a highly entertaining read that delves into fleshing out the personalities that surround Clark on his hero’s journey, and gives more shades to Luthor’s villainy then described before.

Superman: Emperor Joker by Jeph Loeb, et al.

A fabulous foray into fantastic absurdity reminiscent of some to the strangest and greatest stories of the Silver age. Jeph manages to create a world so involving you really do care if a character lives or dies, moreso given it’s existence out of the mainstream DC realm. one of the best ‘cosmic comic’ storylines in recent years and ties nicely into worlds finest


Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb, et al.

Jeph Loeb has slowly built up his reputation as the authority on Superman, coupled with Tim Sale this was the first of many ‘origin stories’ they worked on and has become a blue print for many later stories.

While not the smash, pow dynamic of other comics, this brings a gentle and human sensibility to one of comics most humble powerhouses and deserves a place in any ones home…right next to the cape.

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