Superman: Kal (Elseworlds) (Graphic Novel)

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Title: Superman: Kal
Series: Elseworlds
Author: Dave Gibbons
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Graphic Novel
Pages: 62
Format: Paper

 

Synopsis:

This tale gives a historical twist to the familiar Superman origin and setting, as the rocket carrying the infant Kal-El lands in medieval England. The regular cast appear as Dark Ages counterparts – Loisse, Jamie and the evil Baron Luther.

 

My Thoughts:

What a difference 20 years makes. I bought, and read, this when it came out in ’95’ish. The idea of a medieval Superman was almost more than my teenage soul could handle.

And I can remember the crushing disappointment that this was to me. The Kents’ being such caricatures, Lois being beaten to death by Luthor on her wedding night, Kal dying. The Arthurian Legend tie-in.  It was more than I could handle and I hated it.

So imagine my surprise when I read this this afternoon and I found it to be a pretty good story. Having 14 more pages than Speeding Bullets helped the overall story, as did that they weren’t telling 2 origin stories. I just enjoyed this alternate “look” at Superman. Can’t say that this was top quality work, in story or artwork, but I was just looking for a quick read between the novels I was reading and this fit perfectly.

Glad my reread actually bumped this up this time around.

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Superman: Speeding Bullets (Elseworlds) (Graphic Novel)

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Title: Superman: Speeding Bullets
Series: Elseworlds
Author: J.M. DeMatteis
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Graphic Novel
Pages: 48
Format: Paper and scan

 

Synopsis:

What would have happened if the infant Superman had been found by the Waynes of Gotham City instead of the Kents of Kansas? That’s the question this graphic novel examines, as the child from another planet witnesses the death of his parents at the hands of a Gotham mugger and grows up to become a bat-caped avenger of the night.

 

My Thoughts:

I have always enjoyed the Elseworlds books, long or short, as they give us a new perspective on something we already know all about. It was pretty much DC’s answer to Marvel’s line of What If? comics.

Technical stuff first. I read this on my new tablet first, an 8inch asus zenpad something something something. It is a 4×3 format, so it was much better suited to reading comics on that my older nexus. I had no problems reading the text or seeing any of the comic panels. There were a couple of panels that looked hideously pixelated; however, upon reading my paper copy, it was the same there so I’m guessing it was some sort of artistic “thing”.

When I reread this immediately after with my paper copy, I have to admit I found it a little big. But no real noticeable difference, for which I was glad.

The story and idea. Combining Superman and Batman into one character and bringing both those worlds together [Lex Joker anyone?] was pure genius. It was fun to see worked out.

However, at only 48 pages, this was jam packed, compressed and generally just an overview. That really made the story suffer.  Big important things happen in 1, maybe 2 pages. It felt rushed, which it was. The idea was big enough to put into a 300page graphic novel.

This is probably one of the better, short, Superman, Elseworld comics out there however.

Superman: True Brit

Superman: True Brit

Elseworlds

Comic

1 Star

 

Superman falls to England instead of America. Sadly, John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, was involved, so the humor was that style. This was a parody and a farce. Turned the “Clarks” into a couple who cared more about what the neighbors thought than what was good for their son. Colin [Kal-el] is a spineless idiot who can’t do anything right, even being super. If I had known it was supposed to be a farce, I might have enjoyed it more. I didn’t though, so I was expecting a Red Son for England. Bleh.