An original take on the Superman legend.
|It's A Bird, from the creative team of|
Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen.
It’s Bird by Vertigo Comics is a Superman themed graphic novel with a twist. Rather than present another regular Superman tale, it instead tells the story of troubled comic book writer Steve who is offered the job as writer on one of the Superman comics produced by DC. Despite this being arguably the top job in comics, Steve however shows an apparent indifference towards the job and in fact tells his editor he is not interested.
His editor responds by setting him the challenge of reading a pile of Superman comics and is convinced that once Steve has done so he will be hooked by the magic of Superman and will be unable to resist taking the job. Steve remains convinced otherwise and is sure he’ll win the challenge, or to put it in his own words, ‘I’ll take Superman head-on.’ He claims that he doesn’t relate to Superman and uses that as the excuse behind his apparent reluctance to accept the job offer, but right from the first page it’s clear that it’s not just a case of him not relating to Superman. It actually goes much deeper than that.
All in all it’s a cool idea for a story and presents writer Steven. T. Seagle with the opportunity to explore the background behind Superman and delve into what exactly he represents. As the story progresses many of the aspects of the Superman legend such as his suit, his background and why despite his alien origins people seem to relate to him, are dissected
|Examining the Superman legend.|
One word of caution is that those used to more typical super-hero artwork may not immediately take to Teddy Kristiansen's art style, but my own personal opinion is that it’s a style which definitely seems to suit bleak story-lines. My first taste of Steven T. Seagle’s and Teddy Kristiansen’s work was on House Of Secrets which was a very downbeat almost depressing comic. While not quite as downbeat as House Of Secrets, It’s A Bird is still a fairly desolate tale and one which deals with the sometime harshness of life and therefore the artwork fitted perfectly.
As already mentioned, I have to admit I’ve never really had much interest in Superman, but I nevertheless found this a very satisfying and enjoyable read. By the end I was left with a strong desire to explore Superman further and give the comics a try. One scene in particular where departing Superman writer Joe Allen and potential replacement Steve argue for and against Superman left me curious to learn more about why exactly Superman is the legendary worldwide famous figure he is.
It’s A Bird concludes by making the argument that it’s not always the believability and realism of a story which makes it a powerful experience. More important than realism is the story’s ability to extract an emotional investment from the reader. On that basis Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen have done an accomplished job with It’s A Bird because by the end I was undoubtedly emotionally attached to the story, and better and more appreciative of life for reading it.
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