Weekend Review - Supergods

With the many different types of entertainment that I enjoy; video games, comics, movies, books and podcasts; I get to do each one fairly rarely due to how long my work day tends to be. Podcasts are the one thing that I get through at a decent pace simply because I have the ability to enjoy them without dedicating my full attention to it. If podcasts are the things I get through the fastest, books are certainly the things that I get through the slowest, and so I choose my next book fairly carefully.

Supergods is by a comic book author called Grant Morrison, and even after reading his entire book I still have not decided whether I like him, or really dislike him. The book is part autobiography, part comic book history, and for the most part he goes through large comic book events and relates them to what was happening in his life at the time. The result is interesting, if sometimes a little confusing, and other times quite abstract.

The one thing you have to know about Grant Morrison is that he's an eccentric dude; in my experience with his work I have come to expect odd things. In some parts of Supergods his abnormal personality is more prevalent than in others, most notably when he is explaining how he once saw the universe in multiple dimensions (and would like you to believe that this wasn't due to copious amount of drugs he was consuming).

There were definitely occasions where I just didn't know what was going on, and were other occasions where I felt like he made odd changes as to what to emphasise, and what to under-exaggerate. For all of the strangeness though, so much of it is, at the very least, really entertaining.

Despite the Batman on the front cover, Supergods delves into the history of both DC and Marvel, as well as other smaller publishers such as Image Comics. The reality is that Grant has done more work for DC, and so if there were a publisher discussed in slightly more detail than the other, it would be that one.

Upon finishing the book I think that I was simply surprised at how different a personality Morrison actually had, in comparison with my presumptions. He has a good sense of humour, an extremely interesting life, and this book only confirms the fact that he is an extremely talented writer.

My recommendation is dependant on whether or not you are willing to find out more about this curious individual. It may be hard to know whether he's worth your time, but I think that most comic book fans would unquestionably find Grant Morrison compelling.