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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Super-Anticipation -- I'm jazzed as hell for Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's All-Star Superman after reading Matt Brady's excellent interview with Morrison, up now at Newsarama. First of all, Morrison gets to the precise heart of the current problem with floppies:

One gets DC to the masses by putting these books in manga format and making them available in every cinema, record store and bookshop. That's not my job, however. All I can do is make the stories as good as I can. All Frank can do is draw as well as he can. If we still can't sell well-written, well-drawn books at a time when everybody in the world is watching superhero movies and eating superhero cereals, it's because the pricing, format, promotion and availability of comic books is preventing us from cracking the glass ceiling.

Then, Morrison goes on to describe his approach to the character in a way that makes it exquisitely clear that he's the man for this job. In the past ten years, the only Superman comics I've enjoyed are Secret Identity, Birthright and Mark Millar's Superman Adventures. This new interview at Newsarama makes it clear that Morrison gets the character the same way Busiek, Waid and Millar do, and will probably go even further than they did in showing that any character can be magic, in the hands of the right creator with the right ideas.

I've known that for decades. No character was more obsolete or useless than Swamp Thing until Alan Moore got his big, hairy paws on him. It sounds like Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's All-Star Superman could do for Big Blue what Moore and Co. did for Swampy all those years ago. I, for one, can't wait to see it.


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