My favorite Superman story that really isn’t a Superman story, but more of a loving homage to the Superman mythos. This is Kurt Busiek at his finest, joined by a seasoned Stuart Immonen before he really hit it big. This book is a real underrated gem.
“The Massive” is the first Brian Wood book that I’ve actively followed, and it is great (other books like “Northlanders” and “DMZ” I was too busy to follow as they came out, although I’m planning on picking them up as trades). Following a group of environmentalists in a sort of post-apocalyptic world, the series, for me, is astonishing in its ability to create a sense of dread and anticipation (through great pacing) amidst an altered geopolicital landscape. If this book were a movie, it’d be a hell of a thriller.
Kurt Busiek’s humanitarian look at the typical superhero archetypes is a treat to read, and I’m so glad it’s back with new issues (from Vertigo now, after having bounced around a number of publishers and imprints). The books are great for new readers who get a fully fleshed out superhero universe (reminiscent of the DC and Marvel universes), as well as for older readers who can recognize and appreciate the homages and nuances of Busiek’s writing (not to mention the great Alex Ross covers and character designs, and the great and consistent interior art of Brent Anderson).