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

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2011: According to Supergods, Superman comics say less about Superman than they do
about Clark Kent. Superman was conceived as a symbol of strength and individualism for the Depression-era middle
class--perhaps a more compelling portrait of the era than much literature of the time. But this is just one of the many
superhero mythologies author Grant Morrison unpacks to give colorful historical and cultural context. Morrison, a
prolific comics storyteller with a career spanning 20 years writing for both Marvel and DC Comics, may be the world's
most qualified superhero scholar. (Morrison's reinvention of the Man of Steel, the All Star Superman series, is arguably
the best comic of the past decade.) But Supergods isn't a book that appeals strictly to fanboys. Like his comics,
Morrison's prose is swift yet powerful, and it's the broader strokes of the Supergods narrative that resonate most. The
book succeeds at being a great history of comic books over the past century, but it's an even more convincing
exploration of humankind as a whole. --Kevin Nguyen


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