What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and A Sun God From Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

Morrison, Grant

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Morrison draws on history, art, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this alternate universe as a comic book writer to provide the first true chronicle of the superhero.

Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 1400069122
Characteristics: xvii, 444 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Alternate Title: Super gods


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Oct 20, 2013
  • starvark rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The universe as experienced by Grant Morrison. Apparently he has appointed himself the arbiter of what is interesting and cool in comics. Watch him criticize everyone but himself! See him take credit for other people's work! (see comment on Neil Gaiman's 'Coraline'.) I finally got tired of what was turning out to be the autobiography of a self-impressed man. I like about half of his work, but this is not among it.

Apr 17, 2013
  • JCLJoshN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As a long-time fan of Grant Morrison's comics, and superheroes in general, I found this combination of broad history and personal memoir very engaging, enlightening and entertaining. Morrison's view of superheroes is very much like my own (which is probably why I enjoy his writing so much). I loved his snarky take on superheroes that he didn't really like, but I also appreciate that he can admire well-done work even if he didn't personally enjoy it, and he's as critical of his own work as he is other people's. This is a bright, sarcastic, trippy journey through the 20th century and on into the future of pop culture and mythology.

Jun 14, 2012
  • malinaballerina rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the guy who wrote Final Crisis, so the man knows his comics. It's a good read, definitely recommended for both casual readers and die-hard fans. I wouldn't say this is good for people who know nothing about comics, because Morrison has a tendency to go for the obscure.

Aug 13, 2011
  • GregAraujo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Part history of comic books; part autobiography.

A little trippy, but overall very entertaining.


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