JD reviews Mark Millar’s newest: Superior!

Writer: Mark Millar
Penciler: Leinil Yu
Inker: Gerry Alanguilan
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Letterer: V.C.’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Icon/Marvel
Originally reviewed for www.aintitcoolnews.com

I’m ok with being the odd man out. But being the odd man out in a hobby/lifestyle FILLED with odd men out, well ..damn, I guess I’m ok with that too. The A$$hole offices quickly filled to overflowing with a$$bile after I mentioned that I’d be reviewing this book. Amidst the din, I almost felt bad for even thinking about writing a positive review of this book. Of course, if people hate Millar so much, I’m not quite sure why they buy his books. When I decided Ron Zimmerman was the antichrist of comics, I stopped buying his books.

I’m the first to admit that I love most of Millar’s work and look forward to his books hitting the stands. That’s not to say I lose sight of the obvious. This book is the movie Big mixed with DC ComicsCaptain Marvel, with MS and a talking monkey tossed in. So far. It’s a simple conceit, for sure, but just because something has been done before doesn’t mean it can’t be done again, and can’t be FUN.

And that’s just it. I’ve said it before, but I think what Millar is trying to do with most of his stories is convey a sense of fun. An almost friendless teenage kid with Multiple sclerosis who only has comics and movies to look forward to for the rest of his life is chosen by aliens to receive one wish for one week. This wish isn’t even spoken, it’s plucked from within and made reality (much like the Ghost Busters‘ Stay Puft Marshmallow Man). The first thing that enters his head is the superhero Superior, but not only that, apparently it’s of the actor who plays him in the movie. That in itself is an interesting twist. It would be a little awkward for me if suddenly I was transformed into Christopher Reeve‘s Superman for a week (but also, exceptionally awesome).

This is a fun story that feels slightly more innocent then his previous works and I’m looking forward to Millar exploring that. You might compare it to Captain Marvel, and you’d be partly right, but here’s the thing. I hate Captain Marvel. But so far, I’m digging Superior. So for me it’s already one up on Cap. It’s got elements of BIG? Sure thing. But I loved that movie! No matter how I spin it, I just like this book. I do have one gripe though. What the hell vomited all over the cover of this book? That is just a horrible combination of colors. Good god. I was afraid to pick it up from the stands for fear that I might get some on my fingers. Blargh. But on the plus: Monkey in a space suit! Come ON!!

It’s just good old fuckin’ fun. Enjoy it, or don’t. I know I will. And I’m ok with that.

When not hosting the PopTards Podcast, fist-bumping his own nethers, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam here, JD is graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, hanging with the @$$holes over at www.aintitcoolnews.com and Booking his Face off over here.

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