Monday, November 14, 2011
SUPERGODS by Grant Morrison, reviewed by BL Kennedy
New York, NY
444 pgs ]
CALLING ALL RED BLOODED YOUNG AMERICANS!
This certifies that: (your name and address here) has been duly elected a MEMBER of this organization upon the pledge to do everything possible to increase his or her STRENGTH and COURAGE, to aid the cause of JUSTICE, to keep absolutely SECRET the SUPERMAN CODE, and to adhere to all the principles of good citizenship.
Okay. It’s no secret that my life as a poet was heavily influenced by my life as a lover of comic books. Add to that that I love science fiction and my love of B-movies. Grant Morrison’s book Supergods addresses the comic book part of my growth and evolution as a poet.
Let’s be clear here: we all need heroes. It is essential to our psychological growth. We need heroes. And Grant Morrison’s excellent critical text addresses just that subject: the importance of comic book culture to regular culture. High, low, it’s your call baby. Morrison is simply stating that comic books by far have had more influence on the development of contemporary American culture than they are given credit. I can go on and on and on, and tell you this and tell you that, but in the end, I’m just the critic who read the book, and this is my take on the subject. So what does that leave you with? It leaves you with the daunting task of getting off your ass, going to your computer, going to your local bookstore, and locating a copy of this wonderful book. Listen to me: I’m pulling you by the collar here. I’m not gonna tell you no shit, I’m just setting you straight. Buy the book.