Superman Comics to Read Instead of Seeing That Garbage Movie
'Batman v Superman' sucks, I am sorry to report. There are many reasons for this, but personally my biggest frustration is director Snyder's total lack of interest in Superman: He barely talks, no distinctions are made bw his two identities, Batman gets more screen time, etc. SO, here are some great Superman comics you can read instead
- •All-Star Superman (Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely)Definitely my favorite Superman comic, and one of my favorite comics ever. Proof that you don't need to be 'dark' or 'gritty' to make a comic emotional, enlightening, riveting, and thought-provoking. Morrison and Quitely are a perfect pair who collaborate a lot, but this is them at the top of their game. Double bonus: takes place outside 'continuity,' so anyone can pick it up and enjoy
- •Superman: Birthright (Mark Waid & Leinil Francis Yu)My favorite version of Superman's origin story, and one that will especially resonate with 'Smallville' fans. Also the single best demonstration of why the Clark Kent disguise works
- •Superman: Red Son (Mark Millar & Dave Johnson)A thought experiment: what if Kal-El's rocket crashed in Soviet-era Ukraine instead of Dust Bowl Kansas? This comic follows that idea remarkably thoroughly, even providing alternate universe depictions of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Luthor, and investigates the idea of what exactly makes Superman Superman.
- •Batman/Superman (Jeph Loeb & Ed McGuiness)Snyder's whole template for Batman/Superman interactions is apparently the climactic fight scene from Frank Miller's dystopian nightmare Dark Knight Returns, which is strange bc in the hands of better writers, the heroes actually work remarkably well together. Loeb does a great job of showing how their different strengths and worldviews compliment each other, despite occasional bristling. I also just love McGuiness' unabashedly animated artwork; reminds me a bit of the great Bruce Timm cartoons
- •Infinite Crisis (Geoff Johns & Phil Jimenez)Technically this was a gigantic DC universe-spanning event, but as one character says midway through, "everything comes from Superman." The story eventually transforms into a passionate debate and deadly battle between different versions of Superman and different ideas on what heroism really means. Might be a little harder for newcomers than other items on this list, but I love it