Few things recharge my mental batteries like schlocky science fiction and superhero comics. This week it's been superhero comics.
* A Superman for All Seasons
: This is a nostalgia-filled retelling of the Superman origin story, and very enjoyable. I'm trying to get Jaimee to read it.
* JLA One Million
: A plot spanning 850 centuries, involving the distant descendents of all our heroes. Fun, but probably skippable unless you're a hardcore DC fanatic -- though it is neat to see how all our favorite characters wind up
* Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
: In the definitely-not-skippable trade paperback of the critically acclaimed Superman/Batman
series (a 2004 revival of the classic Silver Age World's Finest
series), Superman gets a visit from a broken future version of himself, is declared a fugitive from justice by President Lex Luthor, and nearly kills every living person on the planet. Really good story, and one that has a lot to do with the whole Infinite Crisis
storyline that's all the rage these days.
I'm definitely going to pick up the second book in the series, Supergirl
, when I get a chance -- this is the storyline that brought back the one, true Supergirl, Kara Zor-El
. Thanks to John Lanning for the recommendation.