From Publishers Weekly
Alternative comix artists meet corporate comics trademarks in this collaborative effort. Some of the most idiosyncratic of contemporary comix artists have created comical takes on the cash cows of the DC universe. And it's all done under the guise of Bizarro, DC's wacky, other-world dimension made up of a strange race of blockheaded Superman-like characters. In the old Bizarro comics series, characters (men wear the Superman uniform with the S reversed and women look like freaky Lois Lanes) did everything backwards from our own world. This full-color anthology updates the Bizarro legend but allows the usually super hero-snubbing underground crowd to cheerfully send up classic costumed heroes like Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. Readers will enjoy Kyle Baker and Liz Glass's take on Ma and Pa Kent getting a babysitter for the young Superman (remember, superbaby can fly). In Jessica Abel and Dylan Horrocks's charming Supergirl story the girl of steel chats about guys with old girlfriend Mary Marvel, who's dropped out of the heroine business to raise a family ("Every time I meet someone nice they get sucked into another dimension," says Supergirl); in their story, Jeff Smith and Paul Pope send Superman to deal with a hilariously moronic, Superman-hating creature perched on an orbiting space station. This funny and unusual collection also features work by Chip Kidd, Chris Duffy and others. Many kudos to DC Comics for keeping a healthy sense of humor.
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In the overblown parlance beloved by the comic-book industry, "This is the team-up you never expected!!" And never would have got, except that DC chilled and allowed an impressive array of alternative-comics creators, including Dave Cooper, Bob Fingerman, and Gilbert Hernandez, to interpret Superman, Batman, and other hallowed, trademarked superheroes. The premise of the whole book is that Bizarro, an "imperfect duplicate" of Superman who does everything backwards, tries drawing comics, with the ensuing whacked-out results. Most of the stories resemble the parodies in Mad
(fortunately, the '50s comic book Mad
, not the bigger, blander "magazine"), but the best take off in other directions. The standouts include a grotesquely authentic Batman story, circa 1940; Wonder Woman's participation in a poetry slam; and Supergirl sharing girl talk with Mary Marvel at a neighborhood cafe, which is genuinely charming. Younger readers will delight in the goofiness at hand, and comics lifers will appreciate the irreverence. Bizarro might say, "This book am very funny, so nobody should buy it." Gordon FlaggCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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