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Superman: For Tomorrow, Vol. 2 Paperback – December 6, 2006
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Grade 10 Up It's become something of a fad to shake up the story lines of long-running series in order to reach a new generation of readers. In Tomorrow, the result is a mixture of high drama, colorful exposition, and ridiculous fantasy. The tale is so convoluted and melodramatic that only the most dedicated fans will want to slog their way through it. The story involves the mysterious disappearance of a million people from Earth (including Superman's wife, Lois) only to reappear in some unknown paradise world. Superman tries frantically to find them while his various allies and enemies rush to stop him. When he finally discovers what caused the vanishing, he, too, enters the mysterious paradise where he comes face to face with an enemy so powerful that it threatens to destroy everything he has ever known. There is really no doubt that he will come out on top, but it's unlikely that readers will care enough to get to the ending. In attempting to tell the story of Superman's psychological and spiritual struggles, the book becomes a parody of itself a pastiche of every superhero tale and self-help book ever written. The clichés are too numerous to list; suffice to say that the book is full of large-breasted women, incomprehensible musculatures, and lines like, I'm a man who can fly…but it's this woman who sweeps me off my feet. Azzarello may be an accomplished storyteller, but this is far from his best work. Steev Baker, Kewaskum Public Library, WI
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Fresh from an acclaimed stint on DC's flagship, Batman (see Broken City, 2004), artist Jim Lee, a fan favorite, takes on the company's other big gun, Superman, with rather less success. The story begins a year after a million people, including Superman's wife, Lois Lane, mysteriously vanish from the face of the earth. As the Man of Steel tries to solve the puzzle while dealing with his personal loss as well as guilt over failing to prevent the disaster, a parallel story line concerns a priest questioning his faith and serving as Superman's confessor. Unfortunately, this intriguing setup gives way to a denouement featuring a megalomaniac bent on interplanetary conquest, which at least gives Lee the chance to draw the superpowered slugfest his fans demand. The attempt to portray an emotionally vulnerable Superman is admirable, but rather than humanizing the character, Lee's overwrought approach--the series' main selling point, however--makes him appear even more godlike than usual. Meanwhile, Azzarello's forte is dark crime stories populated with flawed characters (he made his bones with the modern noir 100 Bullets); he's just not cut out for larger-than-life. Nevertheless, artist's and writer's fans will clamor for these two volumes collecting their 12-issue Superman run. Gordon Flagg
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Top Customer Reviews
There can be times when the dialogue is a little off and some characters are just not themselves for the writers convenience. Although it is still an enjoyable, somewhat interesting story, it certainly isn't a great one.
Over all I'd still recommend it for the price it is being sold for, no problem
The story, I thought, was really good. Especially in conclusion to Volume 1. Some of the dialog can be a bit quick. There is too much of the characters speaking over each other and finishing each-other's sentences.
But the story itself was really good. It may be a bit hard to follow. I sometimes had to read the same page a quick second time.
I also love the fact that Superman is not quite so perfect in this story.
Over-all, a great book.
Althouth the man of steel is one of the most popular heroes of all time, he's one of the hardest to write for, because hey, invincible!
Instead of bringing in creatures from outer space, Azarello focuses on Kal-El's role as a Christological figure, as well as a symbol of American agression on the world stage. He plays with these two themes beautifully. That Jim Lee drew it speaks for itself. I Love this book, and if they come out with an absolute edition, i'll buy it again.
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This is a pretty ambitious storyline for Superman as it tells you that he created an entire dimension and that that was responsible for the mass vanishing that...Read more