||[Aug. 2nd, 2008|01:49 am]
Mainstream Art: A Comics Blog
Long time no post! Looks like my last update here was the day before my son was born, which explains my absence. Anyway, I just wanted to share this excellent Alex Ross cover from the upcoming New Krypton storyline crossing over in Action Comics, Superman, and Supergirl.
I got to speak with Geoff Johns briefly last week at SDCC. I've liked his work for a while now, but this last couple years it's like he LEVELED UP or something. Green Lantern and Action Comics are the best they've been in my lifetime, and I think it stems from a mindset in superhero comics writing that Millar, Morrison, and Waid called "Include and Transcend," meaning take it all, the epic, the silly, the forgotten, the strange...and make it work.
This cover reveals an inclusive and transcendent take on Krypton, which is just AWESOME. In this image you can see Silver Age, Donner movie, Byrne's revamp, and Birthright style Kryptonian clothing styles. Why not? Johns has definitely been taking cues from Morrison lately (and vice versa), and his Superman stuff is as interesting as Grants over on All-Star Superman. It brings back the wonder and excitement that Superman SHOULD have but rarely does. Consider this a hearty endorsement of Action Comics, and a positive, but tentative one of the upcoming cross-over stuff.