Superman by Grant Morrison Omnibus

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Title: Superman by Grant Morrison Omnibus.
Writer(s): Grant Morrison, Sholly Fisch & Max Landis.
Artist(s): Rags Morales, Andy Kubert, Brad Walker, Brent Anderson, Rick Bryant, Cafu, Chriscross, John Dell, Jesse Delperdang, Travel Foreman, Gene Ha, Cully Hammer, Andrew Hennessy, Bob McLeod, Ben Oliver, Seam Parsons, Mark Propst, Cam Smith, Ryan Sook, Chris Sprouse & Karl Story.
Colourist(s): Brad Anderson, Jordie Bellaire, David Curiel, Gabe Eltaeb, Art Lyon, Dave McCaig, Jay David Ramos, Brian Reber, Ryan Sook, Val Staples & José Villarrubia.
Letterer(s): Patrick Brosseau, Taylor Esposito, Carlos M. Mangual, Dezi Sienty & Steve Wands.
PublisherDC Comics.

Format
: Hardcover – Omnibus.
Release Date: May 25th 2021.
Pages: 680.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
ISBN13: 9781779513977.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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16 thoughts on “Superman by Grant Morrison Omnibus

  1. Flipping through the artwork samples I think it works for me, I like it. And I suppose I can understand some of the desires for a reboot of a popular character, especially one that started so long ago. It can help bring it to the modern audience, make it feel more theirs perhas than the older stories might have, if they were even able to get them. I do like your description of it, “an ambitious yet irritating reintroduction.” I’m not exactly sure what that says about it. 🙂

    You might have mentioned this before and I’ve forgotten (I apologize, if so), but can you give a high level view of what The New 52 continuity means?

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    1. Artwork is probably its strongest element, to be honest. Grant Morrison can be quite crazy with his ideas and he doesn’t bother holding your hand as he goes through each of them at the speed of light. As for rebooting. It’s sort of inevitable every time DC or Marvel decides to reboot their universe. I like to see those reboots as an opportunity for new writers to tell a story their way. Even if some elements of known, it’s the “how” that makes it all so interesting in the end. In this case, I don’t think Grant Morrison did a good job in making Superman that accessible for newcomers or that original for veteran readers.

      The New 52 is DC’s reboot of the DC universe back in 2011. It’s set after the events of their classic and canonical “Flashpoint” story/event. As of 2011, every comic book series pretty much started from scratch with #1s and new comic book series were launched too.

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  2. Yeah, I actually read this one! 😉 Was a bit less forgiving than you, Lashaan – no surprises there ;). You’re very kind to Morrison; what you call erratic I’d call brainless… 😀 It’s like the guy had a 100 ideas a minute and decided all of them are worth a try, and didn’t bother with fleshing them out or even thinking through their consequences. Flashy! Fast! Smash! Ooo, something glitters out there! Let’s check it out! It’s like Alvin and Chipmunks on steroids and with some unpleasant side effects from last week’s drinking binge. That’s Morrison for you, though 😉
    Great review, Lashaan!

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    1. In all honestly, if (or when) I reread this, I am VERY likely to be much less forgiving and soooo much more like you with it. It’s such a wild take on Superman, and compared to what Scott Snyder did with Batman, this one looks truly mediocre. In all honestly, the more I dig into his past work, less I am inclined to call him a master storyteller. I’m truly biased by some of his classics that I read first but nowadays, the dude’s imagination is all over the place! 😛 Thanks for reading, Ola!

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  3. This was actually the first ongoing Superman series I ever read. I found that some of the storylines worked fairly well, but others really came out of left field. The section where he allows “Clark Kent” to die so he can save people’s lives in his private life as well just felt pointless. Grant Morrison can be a fascinating writer, but he tends to embrace the weird and obscure a bit too often, and this series is one of those times where he went a bit overboard.

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    1. Yep. He has some good ideas. It’s his wild execution that makes his Superman run seem so messy. I too found that sequence where he let “Clark Kent” die a bit too much. The more I read stuff by him nowadays, the more I notice that he simply has no control over his narrative flow.

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