Grant Morrison just announced that he will be publishing Avatarex, a superhero comic set in modern day India. He will be publishing the story through Graphic India, who just released the first issue of Morrison’s 18 Days. Avatarex is the sequel to the Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata. It features a being from the third world who is sent to save humanity at […]
Over the past few weeks, BOOM Studios has made a bevy of announcements to drum up excitement for their San Diego showings. It’s their tenth anniversary, and they’re celebrating in style. First off, Grant Morrison will be writing Klaus, which is what Morrison describes as “Santa Claus: Year One.” He’ll be working with artist Dan Mora […]
Crazy comics mastermind Grant Morrison is at it again. Now that he’s finished his run on DC’s Multiversity, Morrison is turning his sights away from tights and will now focus his attention on Heavy Metal, the bimontly comics zine that introduced cartoonists like Moebius and H.R. Giger to the American scene. Beginning in February 2016, he will serve as […]
Writer: Grant Morrison Penciller: Doug Mahnke Inkers: Christian Alamy Mark Irwin Keith Champagne Jaime Mendoza Colorists: Gabe Eltaeb David Baron Comics aren’t meant to make readers feel guilty, but The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1 paints the fan as the individual leading the protagonist to his ultimate fate. This is it – the haunted story teased […]
Over the weekend, he had a little spare time, and director James Gunn answered a bunch of question on FB, summarized here. The one thing the leapt out at us was this: Gunn repeatedly reiterated his desire to direct a movie version of Grant Morrison’s Vertigo series “We3,” answering a question about a dream project […]
With a conscious effort to stray away from superheroes, author Grant Morrison is taking even more chances than usual in the comics world. Even Multiversity, his only DC Comics project at the moment is bending the traditional superhero narrative into the world of psychadelics. Annihilator from the Legendary Comics imprint is a great example of […]
Guest post by T Campbell.
Can the soul of Western civilization be found in a pair of red briefs? Was our first great superhero at his strongest, his noblest, his superest, before modern interpretations stripped him of his underwear? Is there a connection?
A generation ago, when those red briefs were an inseparable part of Superman’s design, he was the most familiar superhero by a wide margin, leading the field in film adaptations, headlining cartoon shows, and even winning over famous media critics who were fiction writers in their own right. Even now, if you believe superheroes have anything to say to American culture or the human experience, you sort of have to start with him, because he’s the prototype.
Umberto Eco called him “the representative of all his similars”  and Harlan Ellison described him as one of “only five fictional creations known to every man, woman, and child on the planet.” Born in the early hours of a visual, easily reproduced medium, he was popular enough to codify most of what being a superhero meant. The Oxford English Dictionary even mentions him by name in its definition of “superhero”:
§ A white, straight man named Grant Morrison said something that wasn’t stupid. I think. Q: I love that the first issue of “The Multiversity” is full of people of color, from black superheroes and politicians to aboriginal gods and gay geeks. Why did you do this, and does it have anything to do with […]