SUPERMAN: THE EXILE & OTHER STORIES OMNIBUS
Super-cheesy. When DC relaunched Superman in the late ‘80s, it still had a really old-fashioned feel. So thirty years on, it hasn’t aged that well. So why am I giving a ⭐️⭐️ book...
⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5?
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447 (recoloured for #SupermanExileAndOtherStories
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I must’ve liked Superman at some point. I know I watched the films as a kid. I have photos of my kid self in Superman t-shirts. I loved those anti-smoking adverts.
But somewhere along the line - probably those difficult teenage years - I decided I hated him. Or the idea of him.
But as I’ve been discovering since delving into the DCU over the past couple of years, there’s a lot I thought I knew. But I was wrong!
In the build-up to the release of Captain America: The First Avenger, I found myself having the same conversations with non-comic fans talking about how much they hate Captain America because he’s so blindly patriotic. I had to explain that they’d got it so completely wrong! And, at some point, I wondered if I was being hypocritical in my opinions on Superman.
The stories in The Exile proved me COMPLETELY wrong! And, yes, there’s still some incredible cheese in these stories, but the idea of Superman is so overwhelmingly positive that it’s made me give it the extra star. There’s a lot of silliness, but there’s some good, fun stuff here. Suspend your disbelief down to your knees and forget you’re a grown up for a while! Isn’t that what comics and any form of escapism is meant to be about?
The Exile reminded me that Mark Millar (writer of dark and cynical comics like The Secret Service and Kick-Ass) once asked... “wouldn’t the world be a better place if more people were like Superman?”
I think we could learn a little something from that.
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