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The End of the Anti-Superman!

Action Comics Volume Two: Bulletproof by Grant Morrison, Sholly Fisch, Max Landis, Rags Morales, et al.

I am the I am!
Behold! I am this lightning!
I am this madness!

So I guess I failed to blog about the first volume of this series, but as I said when I reviewed The Court of Owls, it was a no-brainer that I'd read Grant Morrison's Action Comics run. As I've said roughly one million times, All-Star Superman is probably the best Superman story of all of them, & listening to Grant Morrison discuss his opinions on the character (& other such characters) in Supergods would have been enough to convince me to follow along, even if I hadn't read All-Star. The thing is...halfway through this comic, the artist changes. Then two-thirds of the way through, different writers jump in...ah! This isn't a real graphic novel collection at all, this is "padded" with other stuff, stuff that just...isn't as good. Fisch & Landis aren't terrible, but the panel transitions are harder to follow & there is a distinct lack of "tell, don't show." Yes, we get it, Superman inspires people to be better people themselves, that is the theme, but you don't have to say that out loud. So yeah, this collective is very uneven, much like...well, much like DC has gotten a reputation for being. The big story arc involves Captain Comet, who shows up to spit some game about Neo sapiens & four lobed brains & "Oort-kind" & other such Invisibles-ish lines. I liked it, I like having a weird cuckoo-child arc, the changeling child is my jam, as it moral grey. It takes a lot to do ethical ambiguity in a Superman story, of all places, but Morrison pulls it off. Honestly? I think this might be plotted a little too "Silver Age." A lot is crammed in there, without space to breathe. I know it is passé to admit it these days, but the Bendis-style decompression can really help a story grow & achieve impact. That said, at least this is Captain Comet & not some new creation; the strength of serial storytelling is that you can bring in a stock character & assume people get the backstory, or at least the jist (or in this case, vibe) of it. Morrison has been creating a lot of new characters for his run-- Obama Superman is back-- but he knows when to use other methods, too. In the end? I wish this was volume two of a complete Morrison run, but on the other hand I will now have to buy volume three, & I plan on it, so I can't fault their business tactics. Other than to say this: I have an impression of the New 52 that is slapdash, uneven, "extreme" & padded with fluff. That means I assume I'd have to sift through to find good stuff, which sounds like a lot of work. The signal to noise ratio is why I don't care about floppies & why I don't buy more comics; I don't trust quality. Heck, even the flagship title, Superman, done by the blockbuster author, Grant Morrison, & the popular artist, Rags Morales...even that gets diluted. On the plus side, Superman can totally do surgery with his bare hands.

Tags: books, comics, haiku, morrison, superman

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