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Superman: Kryptonite Paperback – October 6, 2009
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The gang of soul-settlers intrepidly led by Kuro Karatsu confronts the scariest foe yet: competition! First, they devolve to doing contract work for a rural postal station that, in an effort to deal with the expenses of privatization, decides to open up its services to include carrying out the final wishes of suicides. Then the corpse service runs into the mysterious Shirosagi Corpse Cleaning Service, which may hold the key to why a ghost is haunting Karatsu. As always, the Kurosagi service delivers hilarity, provided one can stomach the accompanying gore. Otsuka and Yamazaki’s creation continues to be a great send-up of Japanese horror. --Tina Coleman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for DC: THE NEW FRONTIER:
"[NEW FRONTIER] chronicles the experiences of DC Comics heroes from the end of World War II through the Cold War. Mr. Cooke's drawings are striking, and his plot makes good use of DC's diverse characters, from the alien Martian Manhunter to the military squadron known as the Losers." --The NEW YORK TIMES
"A project composed from equal parts affection and ambition, Darwyn Cooke's episodic miniseries DC: The New Frontier looks back to the Silver Age of DC comic book heroes, finding in them all the elements needed for a commentary on post-war America. Employing an art style that pays homage to the era's giants while remaining unmistakably his own, Cooke uses Superman, The Flash, Batman, and just as often, more obscure heroes like The Losers and Challengers Of The Unknown to examine space-age optimism, Cold War paranoia, and the places where the two meet."--THE ONION A.V. CLUB --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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There are hints of both "For All Seasons" and "The New Frontier" strung along... for the former it only makes sense as this more of the first quarter of Superman's sophomoric stage, and the latter introduces a presence far less sinister than New Frontier's "The Centre", but still we have the concept of a quiet alien entity watching over humans, waiting for the time to act. When it states its name, it is a bit of a disappointment. I was actually hoping for another green alien whose name starts with "Br", but this is meant to be a creation exclusive to the "Confidential" series.
The story itself deals with Superman's attachment to his adopted humanity, and by that extension, his questionable mortality. As other reviewers have said, it pushes thoughts not usually explored in the patterns of random, routine, and reflection: the fear that comes with the discovery that Superman is invulnerable to extreme cold and heat, the feelings of dread and terror after his first kryptonite-assisted beating, and then the relief that Superman feels when he realizes he is a mortal after-all - just like his Ma and Pa.
I love the artwork. I love the simplicity of the story. And I love that it's on my shelf.
This book is, for lack of a better word; Perfection. Tim Sale is my favorite comic artist and I bought this book for that fact alone, never having even heard of this series. Reading this, I now feel that Darwyn Cooke and Tim Sale may be even better suited than the super-team of Time Sale and Jeff Loeb. Firstly, the art - superb! Incredibly beautiful artwork that makes you stare at each panel as a separate work of art suitable for framing on your wall. Tim Sale's characters (designed here by Darwyn Cooke) look wonderful and everyone looks how they should. Cooke and Tim love that 1920's/1950's feel and it really shows here and fits perfectly with the timeline of being an adventure set early on in Superman's career.
This is the story about Superman's first run-in with Kryptonite, yet Cooke makes it about so much more than that. This story is about love and relationships, Superman's past and even fears. The world believes that Superman is invulnerable, but he doesn't - not yet. He has only been Superman for a few years and does not yet know his limits. Each grand adventure still has that sense of fear that this could kill him. When he is first effected by Kryptonite, he is faced with his own mortality for perhaps truly the first time. I loved this story, especially the twist in the final issue. I should have seen it coming, but was surprised. It seems you know whats going to happen and then the series takes a 180 degree turn and its great. The characters, both old and new, are perfect in this piece.
I have to say that this is now my favorite Superman Graphic Novel and only wish there were more to read.
Note: I sought out the other issues to Superman Confidential and let me warn you - Dont waste your time! The other issues, 6-10, 12-14 are written and drawn by different teams and are completely different. Buy THIS compilation and enjoy. You will not regret it.