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Absolute Superman: For Tomorrow Hardcover – May 5, 2009
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good book, great illustrations by one of my best illustrators jim lee, hardcover, good colors, the images are perfect.Published 23 months ago by manuel alexander gomez lara
I really wanted to enjoy this book for its story but frankly it feels all over the place, superman acts a bit way too over dramatic to a point where makes you say "OH SHUT THE... Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Gustavo Arias
I first read this book and I couldn't help but be intrigued. The storyline was fun to read and I loved Jim Lee's artwork. I would recommend this to any comic book fan. A must read.Published on September 1, 2012 by Martine Lamarque
Absolute Superman, this artistic approach on Superman is ultimately my favorite version of him. Jim Lee is a genius and these other comic book artist haven't caught on; I mean, he... Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Kindle Customer
I received this edition as a gift. Amazon sent a copy that was missing the shrink wrap and had a dented and cracked slip cover. Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by T. pugh
jim lee's artwork is really the only reason to have this as an absolute edition. i hate talking down on superman, but this is one of the worst storie's i've "ever" touched. Read morePublished on December 22, 2009 by filo betto