- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (30 Oct. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401200222
- ISBN-13: 978-1401200220
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Superman: True Brit (Superman Limited Gns (DC Comics R)) Hardcover – 30 Oct 2004
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"A rollicking adventure with an eccentric English take on the Superman myth." -- Western Daily Press, 11 December 2004 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
John Cleese is one of the original members of the Monty Python team, has written and appeared in numerous movies (including A Fish Called Wanda), and created and starred in Fawlty Towers (which can still be seen on TV today). Kim 'Howard' Johnson also wrote Life Before and After Monty Python. John Byrne's comics career spans over thirty years. He is responsible for classic runs on Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four and Superman, among many others. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
John Cleese doesn't love England, and that's ok, a lot of celebrities are known for their harsh opinion towards their birthplaces, but I was hoping he would at least show a bit of love for anything, ANYTHING English among the endless mocking, offending and just plain insulting.
The book itself is not a bad read: much like Millar's Red Son, it retells Superman's origins as if he were born in a different country. Cleese ruined it all, at least for me, with his rambling. Perhaps a non-English reader will find this book very funny...as a Englishman who knows that every country has its ups and downs, I cannot be entertained by such offensive drivel
I am not patriotic in any way but even I felt that it was just mean spirited. As a nation we've always had a self depricating sense of humour but this is something else. If you're going to write a satire of British culture you have to do a bit better than lame puns about tea and cricket. Of which there are plenty here. This was published in 2004 but it's references and sterotypes are about forty years out of date. It has "ordinary British people" shovelling coal into their boilers for christ's sake. At one point the coal miners are put out of work (I won't say why because of spoilers). "Ah", you might say, "surely a sharp satire on the legacy of Thatcherism!". You would be giving the writers entirely too much credit. It's merely the unfunny punchline to a poor slapstick level joke, delivered with all the skill of a five year old attempting brain surgery. In addition to this every British person in the book is utterly vile and duplicitous. The only nice people being Colin Clark (Superman) and Lois Lane, who pops over from America. Britain is portrayed as a nasty, grimey, backwards, isolated little island populated by buck toothed, self regarding cretins.
The book tries to ape the style of the Beano/Dandy and that's not a bad idea. However the jokes are so lacking in wit that they may as well have just populated the book with fart jokes.Read more ›
Unfortunately its played entirely for laughs,and is not funny at all.
Superman's parents bizarrely keep moving house on him?
The characters are nasty ,petty ,small minded ,grubby little creatures
and our hero's main enemy appears to be the gutter press.
Words fail me when I try to convey just how stupid ,shallow and weird this nasty little comic is
and they even managed to rope in john cleese ,(Must need the money for all that alimony)
he continues his streak of not having done anything of note for 30 years.
There isn't much of a story here and there fun comes from spotting how the American characters translate into a farcical British setting. Disturbingly the whole work seems to be a thinly veiled attack on the newspaper industry. Very thinly veiled at times. It seems like someone had an axe to grind and wasn't clever about doing it.
The art is perfectly serviceable and harks back to the style of popular British comics such as the Beano and Whizzer & Chips but with infinitely more colour. It is a nice idea and interesting to see how the familiar is relocated with some appalling puns thrown in. It is a Thumbs Up but barely.
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