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Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us about Being Human

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There is something so deeply evocative about superheroes that it obviously touches a primal chord in us, but what is it? Scottish comic book writer Grant Morrison has been mining that archetypal vein since the late seventies. In Supergods, he crystallizes his findings about not only the archetypal allure of these creatures but also how they have transformed and retransformed over the decades to fit our own changing needs. This lively, provocative cultural critique gives new meaning to this ever evolving genre. (P.S. As one early reviewer notes, Morrison is uniquely qualified for this project: "His Batman: Arkham Asylum is reportedly the best-selling original graphic novel, having sold a half million copies.")

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Who better than Morrison to tell us how the superheroes of yesterday were slicked up to become the superheroes of today? His Batman: Arkham Asylum is reportedly the best-selling original graphic novel (GN), having sold a half million copies. For GN fans who want to dig a little deeper.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780224089968
  • Publisher: Cape, Jonathan Limited
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011

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Grant Morrison
Grant Morrison
Grant Morrison is one of comics’ greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, New X-Men, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles, WE3, and The Filth. He is currently writing Batman and the Multiversity for DC Comics. He’s also an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.
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  • Anonymous

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    Very good read for Comics fans

    Part history of comics, part personal history of Grant Morrison and part psychedelic post-modern shamanistic voodoo spell, SuperGods frames the Superhero in the larger context of American and British culture, as both a commentary and a guide for future reference. If you can get past the fact that it shifts gears so suddenly from Grant's personal story back to the history of comics, there are excellent insights to the behind the scenes world of comics and his alien abduction. (no seriously.)

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    A must for comic nerds and those who love them.

    Grant Morrison does, with his trademark grandiosity, something a bit unexpected: he not only discusses the history and implications of superheroes (where they came from, what they did and what they mean to us), but also gets at the deeper underpinnings of creation, generally, as the most personal media of self-understanding. For Morrison, superheroes aren't are best selves--flying above the skies in the name of truth justice and the American way, or our worst selves, men made petty and pathetic (despite our ability) by our inability to live up to potential--but just ourselves, as we really are, if a bit more colorful and muscly.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    Morrison's theories of comics laid out nicely

    Part history of superhero comics, part memoir. Morrison tells the story both of superheroes and his own fascination with them, as well as interesting parts of his own life, including what I think is the most complete version of his infamous abduction experience. It loses the thread a little bit toward the end as he complains about fandom culture's corrosive effects, but remains a fascinating read for any comics fan.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Good stuff

    Always good to take a journey into the insane mind of Grant Morrison.

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