Tuesday, May 24, 2011

All-Star Superman - Younhee Burningham

1. Analyze:

(a) Milieu – “secondary”

The story begins with how Superman ended up on earth, “Doomed planet. Desperate scientists. Last hope. Kindly couple.” (The first page of comic). And I found out from research (and also from having seen the movies) that in volume two, Superman leaves the earth at the end, *spoiler* he does really die at the end.

So the story started with our main character Superman arriving on a whole new world for him, earth, and then it ends when he can no longer remain.

I rated the element as secondary because I agree with the previous post that the comic is mainly carried on by events.

2. Rating: PG, because of the creepy dark vibe the art style gives, and some gruesome images that may be too frightening and disturbing especially for little children (like the Parasite monster on Chapter 5 page 12-19, the Chronovore on the 12th page of the 6th chapter, and basically the whole 7th chapter (especially with the woman’s face is melting on page 10) and 8th chapter (zoomed face of Zibarro on page 20), there's also Lois dressing and has a partial nudity where she is taking a shower on page 8 of the 2nd chapter.

3. Springboard: I think that the writer would need to have knowledge of some kind of godly perfect figure to know how to depict Superman. What and how would someone like him act in certain situation? I know that Superman is often described as an archetype of Jesus Christ the savior of the world, so the writer may need to know some Christ-like attributes to make sure Superman doesn’t do or say anything out of character. Upon research I found out that Superman’s Kryptonian name, which is “Kal-El”, can mean “voice of God” in a very similar word in Hebrew. I also found out that the original creators of Superman were these two Jewish (religion) men named Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist), and some supposes that their religion might have influenced Superman quite significantly, especially by Moses.

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