When comics influential Karen Berger left DC Comics after leading its mature, visionary imprint Vertigo into the history books, I wrote at Wired that Vertigo would soon follow. I was on or off by a few years, give or take a few years.
The New 52’s superstars — save a scant few, led by Grant Morrison’s Superman — seem happier being self-indulgent antiheroes than gods of Earth and space.
The smart, sharp Beaton casts a much wider cultural dragnet in her otherwise unassuming art, one which snatches up literary, historical and scientific icons without mercy.
Straight-up supersoldiers, jingoistic nationalists, unrepentant terrorists and even clueless dunces
All-Star Superman is an absolutely refreshing break from that capitulation. Here’s hoping Hollywood is watching, and learning.
Stephen Colbert’s nightly merge of news, hilarity, social commentary, wit and shameless plugs for everything from his painting in the Smithsonian to his marketable man-seed have fully turned the pop-culture’s self-obsessed mirror upon itself.
“I wanted it to have that love in there. I wanted to write the last Batman with honor and love.”
From mind-warping revisions of comic book heroes in All-Star Superman, Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, to pop-cultural and philosophical exegeses like The Invisibles, The Filth and We3, brainiac graphic novelist Grant Morrison is a master of the Gordian-knot narrative.
When acclaimed artist Dave Gibbons sat down to create epochal comic book series Watchmen with writer Alan Moore, neither had any idea what was to come.