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The author of the book: Mark Millar
Edition: Utopía Editorial
Date of issue: September 2015
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I give this book, a hardcover collection of the Superior miniseries five stars for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is based on the individual reputation of the creative team and my preference for their past work. I’ve also considered the character they created for this story.
The writer, Mark Millar is currently one of the comic book industry’s top writers because of his ability to widescreen action-adventure epics with a filmmaker’s sensibilities and yet maximizes the almost limitless possibilities afforded by comics as a visual storytelling tool. One would just have to sample his work on Authority and Ultimates to get an idea of his talent. Though he has made his mark at both Marvel and DC, it appears he has saved his best ideas for his own properties as evidenced by the commercial success of Wanted and Kick-Ass in both comic book form and its big-screen adaptations. One interesting fact about Millar is that when he was a relative unknown is comic books, he was once slated to take over one of the titles in the Superman line in the late 90’s. That never came to pass and here he is now, writing his own Superman analogue. A wasted opportunity for DC but not for Millar as he owns this character outright and stand to make a financial windfall from it as a movie adaptation is the works.
Leinil Yu is one of the top comic book artists today. His scratchy style gets a lot of criticism, but his predilection for excess lines obscure his knack for anatomy and strong storytelling skills, especially for drawing action scenes. His star is on the rise lately, in part due to his work on Secret Invasion and now this, a best-selling property he shares ownership with Millar. I‘ve followed his progress ever since his early days in Wolverine and not just because we share the same last name, because the flashes of his talent then that is in full display now was enough for me to believe in the potential of the artist.
So what is Superior? It is Millar’s take on the superhero being a wish fulfillment fantasy as embodied in Siegel and Shuster’s Superman and Parker and Beck’s Captain Marvel. These stories have at its core, orphans who can turn into super powered men with a simple gesture as removing spectacles or saying a magic word. Millar’s tale starts with a boy named Simon who has multiple sclerosis and fervently wishes to be able to walk again and just lead a normal life and leave his wheelchair behind. It seems that somebody has heard his prayers and appears to Simon as a talking monkey. The simian grants him the power and appearance of Superior, a comic book hero with powers beyond those of mortal men. But the twist is the dark reflection of a granted wish; gifts all have a price to pay and is Simon willing to pay it?
This story is not just about a superhuman being doing great feats of strength and heroism, although there is a lot of that here, Millar takes the time to develop the main characters beyond their dialogue and visual design. He gives them depth, with enough back-story integrated in the narrative to determine and gauge their motivations.
The visual appearance of the character Superior is very simple, simple red tights accentuated by black gloves, boots and cape. But that is offset by the imposing and intricately rendered belt he wears which was clearly swiped from the World Heavyweight Championship belt of WWE. The artist did well in choosing this particular hardware to integrate into a superhero’s costume.
This is a well polished story, crafted by a writer in his prime and done with a motion picture adaptation in mind. Yu’s panels can easily serve a storyboard in its production. A modern take on the Superman mythos is nothing new as hundred of writers and artists have done their version of that story. But Millar knows how to package it ready for consumption by viewers on the big screen. This is a story a newbie can enjoy without the baggage of knowing decades long continuity and experienced readers can appreciate it as homage to the original stories.
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Read information about the authorMark Millar is the New York Times best-selling writer of Wanted, the Kick-Ass series, The Secret Service, Jupiter’s Legacy, Jupiter’s Circle, Nemesis, Superior, Super Crooks, American Jesus, MPH, Starlight, and Chrononauts. Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2, and The Secret Service (as Kingsman: The Secret Service) have been adapted into feature films, and Nemesis, Superior, Starlight, War Heroes, Jupiter’s Legacy and Chrononauts are in development at major studios.
His DC Comics work includes the seminal Superman: Red Son, and at Marvel Comics he created The Ultimates – selected by Time magazine as the comic book of the decade, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, and Civil War – the industry’s biggest-selling superhero series in almost two decades.
Mark has been an Executive Producer on all his movie adaptations and is currently creative consultant to Fox Studios on their Marvel slate of movies.
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