31 thoughts on “Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb

  1. I like this duo, and Batman: The Long Halloween is easily one of the better Batman stories I’ve read. The art is indeed quite unique, bulky and intentionally spacious, bereft of many details we got used to especially in our more smooth and sleek times, but seamlessly conveys Loeb’s story, and that’s the most important thing :). Anyway, it looks pretty good. It may even happen to be the comic book to convince me to Superman! 😉

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    1. I might also go for it, it’s been ages since I’ve read a Superman comic, and now I have two or three tomes in my TBR… I like the art here 🙂

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        1. Wow, thanks for getting it on my radar! Great comic, definitely the best Superman story I’ve read.Loved the art, loved the way all the characters were portrayed. It will probably take a while before time comes for the next Superman story, but when it does – what do you recommend after this one?

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          1. Ahhh, when it comes to Superman, there are so many stories you could explore. Funny thing is, I’m just about to drop a review to a story that could basically be considered a “sequel” to Superman for All Seasons hhahaha It isn’t really, but Tim Sale is still the artist and the story explores a bit after the early days of Superman. One of my favourite Superman stories is Superman: Red Son. It’s an Elseworlds story, so it’s not in continuity with anything. It’s a twist on Superman’s origin story and I had a wonderful time with it.

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    2. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale sure have accomplished so many great things over the years. Batman: The Long Halloween was indeed one of my favourites too. The crime-noir style was unique and so well down. You should totally check this out then. There’s plenty to appreciate in what they’ve accomplished for the Big Blue Scout. 😀 Thanks for reading!

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  2. I have to be honest about the fact that I have never really been a huge Superman fan…but…this does look very cool. The artwork that is shown here in your post looks incredible, and I also quite like the premise. While I am probably not in a real rush to read this one, I might check it out at some point to continue my quest in learning more about the DC universe. Great post as always! 😊😊

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    1. I have crossed paths with A LOT of folks who have said the same about Superman (not being a fan). He has indeed been mediatized a lot and sometimes makes it hard to understand why he’s so special when there are other heroes with way cooler powers and what not. But there’s definitely a story to this hero and it’s by taking the time to find out why that you really understand his greatness. It’s a nice place to start just to understand why Superman/Clark Kent is so fascinating! Thanks for reading as always, Michel. 😀

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  3. I’ve always avoided this book just because of the artwork. Writers names don’t mean enough to me to draw me in, so it has to be the art that hooks me into a story and much like you, I find that style unappealing. I suspect I would soon move past it just like you did, as I’m a pretty big Supes fan (just to be clear, I have Superman socks, boxers, pants, shirts and hat, so I’m covered 😉 ).

    Some of the issues is that it is really getting harder and harder for me to read the small stuff in comics. Either the text or the small details, I struggle to see them clearly and while I don’t really admit it, even to myself, I KNOW that is affecting my overall enjoyment. Sometimes being a diabetic stinks :-/

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    1. Hahahah I totally understand. I’m very open-minded with art styles since after a couple of pages or chapters, I start to see how the art works with the story and then slowly give much less importance to my subjective thoughts about the art in order to appreciate the story as a whole (dialogue + art + everything else).

      Oh man, there are some stories where the dialogue is almost impossible to read (Batman Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, for example). It’s definitely an unfortunate situation you’re in and I am sort of saddened that it has to come down to that. Have you ever tried digital comics? Through Comixology, for example? Cheaper, more accessible and maybe better for the eyes for you?

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      1. Well, that is one of the reasons I use a kindle so much. Love being able to increase the font on the books 🙂

        Unfortunately, the business model that comics are being based on just doesn’t work for me anymore. I just finished Path of Doom and it wasn’t a complete story line. I knew that going in thanks to Bookwraiths, but still, it came as a bit of a shocker. I’m just used to a whole storyline in one graphic novel instead of a whole season of various comics being the whole storyline.
        Comics have just changed quicker than I can accomodate them now…

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        1. Ah, yes. Canon series are like that. I don’t think any of the main on-going series are self-contained stories per trade paperback. You’d have to look into graphic novel stories that are usually outside the canon stories in order to find those “complete story lines”. Or… wait for them expensive omnibuses. 😀 😀 Yep, the life of a comic book reader is not an easy one, and a pretty expensive one nowadays.

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  4. Is that the same Jeph Loeb who works on all the Marvel shows?

    I think this sounds like such an interesting read. When it comes to super heroes, I’ve always been much more invested in character development than their actual abilities. Even when they bash you over the head with it like in S2 of Luke Cage with the whole “deal with your anger” thing.

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    1. Yep, same guy. Also the one behind Smallville and Lost, if you ever watched those. 😀

      Hahahaha yep, when they can nail the character development within the story, it’s definitely a big win for the reader. It’s much more easier to spot the developement in self-contained stories (graphic novels) than in series though. But it’s definitely something I like to see in all my stories. As for Luke Cage… Gosh, you couldn’t have said it better hahahah That season sure got super cringey far too many times!

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  5. This is such a great review! I love this line you wrote: “Even as an alien, he has shown us the very purity of humanity that no man was ever able to grasp.” It’s honestly so true, and I love how his character is just an all-powerful being (my girlfriend likes to say he’s Godlike), but chooses to help instead of control because that’s just so humane and the right thing to do. This is automatically added to my list of comics to read!

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    1. Awn, thank you so, so much! I truly appreciate it! That point is really well developed and explored in this particular story too. Of all things he could do with the powers he has, he decides to think of others over himself. I definitely recommend checking this out and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! 😀

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  6. Excellent analysis my friend! I read this sometime ago (before I started my blog five years ago, I think) and it’s a gem – the particular style of Tim Sale’s art does take that minute or two to grab you but when married with a story like this it feels like the right fit for a standalone release.

    Some people are quick to label Superman as ‘boring’ or ‘unrelatable’ and it’s stories like this that provide a strong counter argument. Have you read ‘Hulk: Grey’ at all? That’s also by Loeb and Sale and well worth checking out.

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    1. Thanks Chris! I’m glad to finally have found the time to read this gem. After all, The Long Halloween was such a classic, I’m a bit surprised I took this long before checking out more of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s work. And yep. That artwork doesn’t instantly draw you in, but once you see Clark develop as a character and change over time, you seek how well the art works. I particularly loved how a particular scene kept on repeating itself through each season (Clark in bed). It’s quite powerful, the loneliness and all that it conveyed.

      Exactly! I feel like some people just claim Superman is overrated because of how much spotlight he gets all the time, but I for one will always say that there’s a reason why he’s so popular, and it’s not just because he can fly and he has super-strength.

      I haven’t read Hulk: Grey, but it’s definitely on my list of stories to check out at some point. The only Hulk story I got (and haven’t read too) is World War Hulk. 😮

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  7. Funny how you mentioned the artwork because that was exactly my first reaction when I saw Superman’s face. It looked a bit too cartoonish so I can see how reading the story would not make one feel that it is the same as watching a movie that is not an animation. However, I do still like Superman and his history. I will admit — more so than Batman. Sorry . . .

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    1. Blasphemous! 😡🤣😡🤣 I’ve never heard someone say such a thing! No way, uh uh. I will forever deny such statement coming from you!

      On a serious note, that artwork is definitely not easy to adjust to. It’s a very bulky yet innocent look we have for Clark, but by the end of the story, you’ll find yourself appreciating the style and how it conveys the message.

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    1. Absolutely!!! These are the kinds of stories that give Superman a reason to be one of the greatest superhero to have ever been created. There’s more to him that the stereotypical descriptions he’s often given.

      Thanks for stopping by! 😀 I appreciate that!

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