Superman: Kryptonite by Darwyn Cooke

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25 thoughts on “Superman: Kryptonite by Darwyn Cooke

    1. Doh, hit enter too soon. Anyway.

      I think the idea of Superman suddenly realizing he isn’t invulnerable must be gut wrenching. Even human babies learn about pain REALLY QUICK! and they learn. Supes, he never had the experience. I wonder if it is analogous to us humans facing death. We hear about it, see it, but never experience it, except that one time. If so, Supes must consider kryptonite like dying again and again and again. Ugh. I think that would drive me mad.

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      1. Tell me about it. Couldn’t have said it better myself. This story really explores Supes encounter with the one thing that could kill him and how he emotionally deals with it. I love that such a story was actually done since it really packs a punch when you think about the one person who seems invulnerable to everything finally encounter something this killer.

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  1. Well I have to say that I am feeling all nostalgic here! When I was young and had sleepover at my grandma I stumbled upon comics with superheroes but dating way back. Probably around the 50ies 70ies? And their drawings were so similar to this one that’s uncanny! These comics didn’t have a hardcover at that time and the paper was not as white as now!

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    1. I have comic issues like those with the more newspaper’y feel and the yellow’ish taint to them! They convey such a peculiar vibe when flipping through them hahaha I’m glad to hear how this made you so nostalgic! You need to revisit comics/graphic novels now! 😀 Not necessarily superhero stuff though. 😉

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  2. What can I say? I grew to appreciate Sale’s artwork, but it took me a moment to get immersed in his style of drawing – however, once I did that, I realized how much he can convey in his minimalist style and the the use of hues and shadows. From Spiderman: Blue and Daredevil: Yellow, Superman For All Seasons to Batman: Long Halloween, which is my favorite of his to date. I’d definitely like to take a look at that Superman!

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    1. I’m totally with you. I adored it in Batman: Long Halloween in particular. A brilliant noir classic, right there! In Long Halloween it was particularly heavier on negative space/shadows and conveyed the perfect atmosphere for Harvey Dent’s origin story. It’s a style that people will have to get used to by seeing it more often, if you ask me. 😀

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  3. I am so going to read it 🙂 After All Seasons, I’m in a mood for more. But it will have to wait for my next Amazon order, I need to have it printed on paper.
    Both these volumes seem to me to be essential Superman stories, and I really don’t need much more. Imagine a terrible reality where Disney bought Tolkien Estate and they publish an official Middle Earth short story each week… don’t we have too much superhero comics? I love the genre, but not how it works as a business.

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    1. I had a feeling you’d want to check this out. 😛 And I totally relate with the need for a paper edition. Anything Batman/Superman-related will always be in their tangible editions for me. 😀

      Ahhh, I understand that point of view. Some stories are iconic and quintessential to each hero no matter what year we live in. There will indeed always be new stories, new artists, new styles and only time will tell if any of the newer stuff will end up being spoken of on the same level as what we consider classics. I doubt I’ll get tired of the newer stuff, even if it means dipping my toe in lower-quality material. At least there will always be GREAT stories to check out or revisit. 😀 With All Seasons and Kryptonite, you’ll have indeed covered some very important elements part of Superman, but you’ll be missing out on a lot of his villains or important moments in his life (i.e. Death of Superman, Brainiac, etc,)! 😀

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  4. Yet another fantastic review my friend, your energy in keeping these coming is boundless! I read Kryptonite when it first released as single issues (think it was 2006/7?) and found it surprisingly enjoyable. It’s a good standalone story and Tim Sale’s style is a good fit, it’s a look that would generally be a turn off for me yet anything Sale has worked on I’ve liked – he just seems to end up working on the “right” projects, Like “Long Halloween” (I’m a bit concerned at how the animated film may look though, adapting Sale’s style to that could make or break it).

    I hadn’t though about the sort of spiritual connection to Superman for All Seasons strangely, but I don’t think I’d read that at the time!

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    1. Ohhh, pretty cool that you got to live this classic in it’s comic book issues form. I totally agree with your feelings about Tim Sale’s artwork style. I don’t know how he does it, but there’s something about it that works more often than not. I too wonder if they’ll keep the style for Long Halloween… Something tells me they won’t however. All of their animated movies, except Batman: Ninja (by the way, did you see that one? hahah), tend to have a similar style.

      It has a lot of similarities in the character’s design, especially Superman. I think it was intentional, but at least no one officialized the fact that it might be its spiritual sequel. He hasn’t worked on too many projects after all. 😮

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      1. I think the fact that the stories he works on take place outside of regular continuity and have that more ‘otherworldly’ feel to them.

        I actually have Batman Ninja on my Netflix watchlist but hesitant given some of the reviews of seen, would you say it’s worth a go (your opinion carries much greater favour with me)?

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