By Grant Morrison
From some of the most acclaimed and profound writers on the earth of comics comes an exhilarating and provocative exploration of humankind’s nice smooth delusion: the superhero
The first superhero comedian ever released, Action Comics no. 1 in 1938, brought the realm to anything either unparalleled and undying: Superman, a caped god for the trendy age. In an issue of years, the skies of the imaginary international have been choked with unusual mutants, extraterrestrial beings, and vigilantes: Batman, ask yourself lady, the wonderful 4, Iron guy, and the X-Men—the record of names as common as our personal. In under a century, they’ve long gone from now not current in any respect to being in every single place we glance: on our motion picture and tv displays, in our videogames and desires. yet what are they attempting to inform us?
For furnish Morrison, arguably the best of up to date chroniclers of the “superworld,” those heroes are strong archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning tale arcs mirror and expect the process human life: via them we inform the tale of ourselves, our historical past, and our starry aspirations. during this exhilarating paintings of a life-time, Morrison attracts on artwork, technology, mythology, and his personal brilliant trips via this shadow universe to supply the 1st precise heritage of the superhero—why they topic, why they are going to regularly be with us, and what they let us know approximately who we're . . . and what we may possibly but become.