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Sunday, October 30, 2005 

Thrilling adventure theatre

I'm all for comic books as a Serious Art Form and all that, but just as a good action movie can be incredibly satisfying, the super hero stuff can be really fantastically exciting. Check out Grant Morrison's absolutely insane story from JLA Classified - I'm pretty sure even if you don't know any of the characters except Batman and Superman the sheer giddy thrill of the plotting, pacing and oneliners comes through nicely.

This stuff is like the comics I read as a kid on massive doses of caffeine and way too much imagination. I wouldn't want to read it all the time, but the fact that Morrison can go from this to The Filth style stuff astounds me.

Also: Superman saying, in all sincerity, "these 'no-nonsense' solutions of yours just don't hold water in a complex world of jet-powered apes and time travel" is the best thing ever.

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