Read Recently — January 2015 — A Life In Comics

Supergods: what masked vigilantes, miraculous mutants, and a sun-god from Smallville can teach us about being human by Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison is a comic-book writer from Scotland. Over the last couple of decades he has written some of the best comics and some of the worst (and, depending on who you talk to, you could hear the same titles in both catagories). This is partly his autobiography (so far) and partly a history of comics with some criticism.

The book begins with a brief autobiographical interlude and then we go back to the origins of Superman and Batman, and we go forward through comics from there. Around 1960 Morrison himself enters the tale, though only briefly. He comes in in a big way later, once he starts writing comics himself.

A self-described punk, Morrison writes prose with the flair that you would expect from that description. On page 21 for example, talking about the chemical nature of so many of Batman’s foes, he writes, “Batman knew what it was like to trip balls without seriously losing his shit, and that savoir faire added another layer to his outlaw sexiness and alluring aura of decadence and wealth.”

When he talks about comics and comic-based movies I have to admit I thought he was wrong rather more than he’s right, but of course opinions, assholes, etc.

If you’re interested in superhero comics, you should give this one a look. If not, why would you bother?

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