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Absolute Superman: For Tomorrow Hardcover – May 5, 2009

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"Two of comics' hottest pros take over the medium's most recognizable icon. A big hero needs a big story, and this team doesn't disappoint."

About the Author

Brian Azzarello, noted for developing strong stories with a psychological edge, is the Eisner Award-winning writer of 100 Bullets adn Hellblazer. He previously teamed with Richard Corben on BANNER for Marvel.

Acclaimed comic book illustrator Jim Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1964. Today, Lee is the creative director of WildStorm Studios (which he founded in 1992) and the penciller for many of DC Comics' bestselling comic books, including All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder and Batman: Hush. He also serves as the Executive Creative Director for the upcoming DC Universe Online videogame.

Scott Williams, who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bacheloras degree in journalism, is a full-time freelance writer who has spent the past two decades reporting and writing for newspapers, magazines, Web sites, trade journals, and book publishers. He is coauthor of The Insiders Guide to Corpus Christi and Haunted Texas and has handpicked around 200 stunning images to celebrate his hometown. The photographs for this book came from the Corpus Christi Public Libraryas archives of more than 11,000 historical photographs.

The co-creator of "Superman" and "Funnyman," who died at the age of 81 in 1996.

Joe Shuster is co-founder of Minnesota Valley Engineering (MVE), which, under his guidance, became the world's leading manufacturer of high-technology, low-temperature (cryogenic) equipment used in industry, medicine, agriculture, and transportation. MVE designed and manufactured hydrogen equipment, enhanced oil recovery systems, and hydrogen and LNG transportation fuel systems. He is also the founder of Teltech, a National science and engineering consulting firm that produced hundreds of technical dossiers on many technical subjects including gas turbines, photovoltaic manufacturing processes, natural gas purification, fuels cells and many other energy related topics. He has founded or co-founded seven other technology based companies and has served on the Board of Directors of over twenty businesses, organizations, and international firms. He has received numerous professional and civic awards.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Slp edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140122198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401221980
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.5 x 15.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a tough book to love. First of all it barely functions on its own--the story directly follows events in the Superman issues that preceeded it, which depicted mass "vanishings" of people from all over the world, including Lois Lane, and Superman's inability to stop that or even understand what was happening. So if you haven't read those stories, when you start reading this book it takes few chapters for you to get over the "huh??" factor. Add to that the non-linear storytelling and you get even more confused.

The dialog is troublesome. Mr. Azarello writes dialog in an over-stylized manner that features continual word-play that is not nearly as clever as he seems to think. The characterizations are unremittingly pompous and puffed up, as well. Not to mention overly laden with gravitas: a Catholic priest with incurable cancer! Oh the agony and the irony!! Every character acts like they've got the weight of the wold on their shoulders...of course, that may be fitting in Superman's case, but when ALL the characters stagger around, brooding, moody, and trying to be profound every time they open their mouths, it gets a little much. The writing is simply heavy handed in every way.

That being said, the book comes together in the last few chapters, as all the hints and suggestions and confusions work out and you start getting your questions answered. The whole point of the non-linear storytelling comes clear as you experience a big "AH-HA!" moment, which is rewarding. The finale is not that satisfying as a super-battle in and of itself, although there is a grand-scale throwdown, it isn't very inventive. (Perhaps you recall Superman VS. Batman in "Hush"?--THAT was inventive!
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This is my first review for amazon, so I decided to do it on Superman: For Tomorrow. Well here's what I thought about it: I thought it was pretty awesome, but before I tell you why I liked it I should probably tell you the story. The story is set a year after an event known as "the Vanishing" in which thousands of people on the Earth just one day vanished. Many people are greatly affected by "the Vanishing" one of them being Superman who lost his wife, Lois Lane, because of the Vanishing. Superman feeling guilty about not being on Earth when the Vanishing happened (he was in space helping out Green Lantern Kyle Rayner) decides to "confess his sins" to a priest, Father Leone. He tells Father Leone about what he did to investigate the Vanishing, and about how he was linked to a second "mini" Vanishing (what?). All the while Superman is investigating the Vanishing he draws the attention of a man named Mr. Orr; who works for a secret organization that has 80% of the population working for them in one way or another. Mr. Orr is perhaps my new favorite character. I don't know why but he has a aura of mystery around him that, in my opinion, makes him awesome. Anyways over the course of the story Superman receives criticism, for his handling of the situation, from the media, a sorceress (who tries to kill him no less), and even his own peers in the JLA. Heck Aquaman and Wonder Woman try to kill him at times. It is implied that even Batman may want him dead (at least that's my opinion). The story also give a unique look into Superman's psyche, but the story does haves its faults.
The story at times is a little complicated and at times a few heroes seem out of character. The thing that I found weird was how Wonder Woman was working with the sorceress who tried to kill Superman.
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I hear a lot of people complaining about the story telling here and I gotta say, up until the last act I don't agree at all.

Superman often falls in the trap of boring, predictable writing. The reason is because of his unmovable integrity and his omnipotence. Both of these personal strengths often lend to boring story telling.

The key to a good Superman story is to creatively play to his vulnerabilities, or make Superman himself stand in as an allegory for different things such as the American Superpower, or for God almighty himself. This book does all the above.

Distressed and frustrated at the disappearance of his wife Lois, Superman tracks a lead to a foreign country where he finds himself an unwelcome invader, despite his peacemaking efforts. (did i mention this was written within a couple years of the start of the Iraq war?)
I found Superman's conversations with the priest fascinating. It was a very fresh take to get a story from the point of view of a man worshiping an ancient faith in the age where titans walked the earth.

Now if you've read the entire volume, then you know that everything I've praised thus far has come from the first half of the book. The second half of the book is more difficult to love. It does get a bit convoluted, especially near the end, but that's not to say it wasn't compelling or satisfying. It's just a bit head scratching, but honestly, those are some of my favorite comic books - stories that can only exist in this medium. It wouldn't translate well to a movie and I'm okay with that. It makes them unique. Unlike many modern writers, Azarello isn't pitching a movie script here and I regard him for it.
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