Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Superman Confidential: Kryptonite by Darwyn Cooke and Tim Sale

Taking on the origins of Superman’s kryptonite is a mighty feat, but that didn’t keep Darwyn Cooke and Tim Sale from attempting to retell the story. Moore Memorial Public Library recently acquired a copy of Superman Confidential: Kryptonite, and I predict it will continue to fly off the shelves. After extensively researching the origins of kryptonite, which is the one known element that could destroy Superman, Cooke noticed how downplayed it had been in the hero’s decades-long history. Wanting to work with Superman’s past, Cooke thought this book would be “an opportune time to reintroduce the deadly metal to readers, and it played quite neatly into the notion that this was to be a story about a key point in Superman’s life.” Set early-on in the hero’s discovery of his near-indestructible powers, Cooke allows for the reader to explore the vulnerability Superman felt as he struggled to discover himself and his place in the world.

Darwyn Cooke is an Eisner Award-winning cartoonist and animator. He made waves in the comic book scene with DC: The New Frontier. His other works also include Catwoman and Spider-Man (Marvel). He has also made an impression on the comic book world with his animation with shows: Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Men in Black: The Series.

Tim Sale has worked on a number of projects with Cooke, but has also made a name for himself with his artistic work on the hit television show Heroes.

Moore Memorial Public Library carries several other DC Comic titles, along with other comic books, graphic novels, indie comics, and manga.

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