Friday, September 26, 2008

All-Star Superman/Batman Hits THE SPLASH PAGE

I've written a lot about All-Star Superman in the past week, and I have a review of the newest All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder issue hitting CBR this weekend. Yet, I'm not done talking about either of those books, apparently, because here I come -- along with my partner-in-awesomeness, Chad Nevett -- to talk about Morrison, Miller, Quitely, and Lee.

But here's the catch: Chad actually prefers the Miller/Lee stuff to the Morrison/Quitely All-Star Superman. Is he mad? Is he justified? Is he right?!?

Check out the newest installment of the debate-tastic Splash Page to find out what happens when two men disagree about their precious comic books.

Or, you know, click HERE.

(One thing Chad and I would agree on: Quitely's version of All-Star Batman is pretty amazing.)


md said...

"I enjoy it for aesthetic reasons, which are, for me, the reasons I read comics. I feel pretty strong about the Morrison and Quitely's work on the series, but it's not like my heart skipped a beat when Superman seemed to have died or whatever emotional moment I'm supposed to care about."

I just have to mention that every time I read issues #6 and #10 I teared up. And I still do. In fact, my hairs stand on ends when I discuss those issues with other people. So, to me, All-Star Superman is that powerful. I agree 100% with Morrison that Superman is far more progressive, and useful, as a Messiah than Jesus ever was.

Timothy Callahan said...

I know those issues had emotional impact, but comics just don't work that way for me at all. Novels either. Movies sometimes do, though.

Chad Nevett said...

I'm usually the same as Tim. It's rare that comics or books will affect me emotionally in a big way--TV shows tend to affect me a lot, though. Although, anything involving Hughie in The Boys totally has me suckered in (Garth Ennis is surprisingly very good at getting me to care about characters in a real way).

Ultimate Matt said...

Honestly, much as I loved All-Star Superman as a whole (and I would give issue 10 to anyone as an example of a perfect Superman story, encapsulating exactly why I love the character), I didn't care for the final issue, to the point that it nearly ruined the story for me. And Chad is right - it DOES end with Superman punching stuff, just not Luthor. He punches the sun. A fun visual, but not the transcendent, inspirational moment I was hoping for and felt the series had been building to. Not to mention, it actually made no sense whatsoever since in the last issue, had already defeated Solaris (another underwhelming moment), so what did he punch? Did I miss something?

I get that Morrison was going for somewhat of a symbolic ending, with Superman alive in the sun as a modern day Apollo, but there was no transition between his underwhelming slugfest ending (yeah, I'm with Chad on that one) and his symbolic piece, which again took me right out of the story.

There's every chance I'll re-read this in a year or two (or even a month) and totally reverse my opnion, but that was one of the most dissapointing comics for me in a long while.

Timothy Callahan said...

He has to heal the sun, baby! It's poisoned.

matt st.pierre said...

I like Mr. Nevett for differentiating between "best" and "favorite," and for the added benefit of being cold and dead inside.

Tim, all that could have made this more complete would be a few bashes on your part about Tony Daniel's art in the current Batman run. I thought they were so close, given the Jim Lee bashes, but alas, they were absent.