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Seven years before The Amazing Adventures of Kavelier and Clay, Rick Veitch married the larcenous history of the comics business to the outrageous themes and characters of his infamous Brat Pack universe, creating one of the most startling and uncompromising visions of the super-hero archetype ever put to paper. ...

Title : The Maximortal
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ISBN : 9780962486470
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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The Maximortal Reviews

  • John
    2018-12-17 03:26

    This review is in response to the announcement of Rick Veitch returning to the King Hell Heroica after a 20-year absence. Which stands as an ambitious, five-volume series examining both the comic book industry and the superhero concept. He announced on Monday, that "Boy Maximortal" (Book 2) will be coming out soon. To put it bluntly--comics were a medium born from pornographers, gamblers, smugglers and gangsters. Yet the cradled within their four-colored pages one of the most beautiful concepts of the 20th century (or is it?) My review is essentially Maximortal/Brat Pack Special #1, The Maximortal (Book 1), M/BP Special #2, and the Bratpack (Book 4). As one can tell, their is a clearly defined architecture to the books--yet it's incomplete. Rick Veitch is one of those yeoman creators (he was one of the artists on Alan Moore's Swamp Thing--and eventually took over the book, but was heavily censored (leading to Gaiman and a few others from quitting the book as well). He's a creative visionary, but the corporate masters tend to squash his choices.As such--much of these series are taking dismal glances (i.e. Siegel and Shuster) of how the corporations have mismanaged their gods and their people. Bratpack is basically looking at the absurdity, baffoonery and irresponsibility of the Teen Sidekick notion--with most superheroes (other than True Man (the Superman Achetype) being deviants (fascists, perverts, etc.)The book posits that "Superman" is a concept that exists outside of time and space. A perfect ideal that if it didn't exits, would need to be created. He's channeled by two characters eerily similar to Siegel and Shuster. However, his story is not one of immediate loving devotion to humanity. He kills his parents because he doesn't know his own strength--and is actually used as the atomic bomb in the Manhattan project. The meta-narrative is shaping up outside space of time against his greatest enemies; Doctor Blashpemy (whose goal is to ridicule the superhero concept and "El Guano". Who is essentially a shit fetishist who corrupts however he interacts with.

  • Phayvanh
    2019-01-12 10:36

    I realize this the more I readRick Veitch, that his stories tend to veer towards the abstract and transendental. This is no exception. The art of course, his usual standard fare. The story however intermingles many different stories in US history. It helps to know how Superman was created, and the players in the development of the atom bomb. Veitch does include an afterword to this edition which will steer readers to those stories alluded to, if they are not already familiar wiht them.You might not understand or "get" the end of it. But read it anyway. In some hundered years or so, maybe the creations you bring forth into this world will save you.

  • D.
    2019-01-06 10:31

    I just re-read this for the third (?) time. I love the way Veitch combines underground comic sensibilities, meditations on the nature of creativity, superheroes, and b-movie horror movie tropes into something uniquely his own. I don't have much to add that other reviewers haven't already talked about, but people looking for something completely different that the usual comics mainstream would do well to check out Veitch's work, and MAXIMORTAL is a great place to start.

  • Mario
    2019-01-08 03:15

    This review originally appeared on my blog,Shared Universe Reviews. Rick Veitch is very underrated in my opinion. For nearly two decades he was at the forefront of comic book experimentation, creator rights and intelligent deconstruction of the superhero myth. Even his comics didn’t exist in a vacuum (nothing does), he played a pretty important part in the development and the deconstruction of superheroes. I won’t really say much more on the matter since I don’t feel I have the appropriate background and information on Rick Veitch’s career to give a comprehensive look at his achievements. I do know a few things for a fact, his comics are important works that challenge readers and the industry but they are, unfortunately, rather unpopular among the comic reading masses. It’s not all bad though. The more I read comics by Veitch the more I get the feeling I need to read more of him. Sometimes that feeling is mixed with the thought that he is largely underrated and that motivates me to read more of this stuff. The first work of his that I read was The One and it was glorious. It was simultaneously a wonderful and terrible experience. There was such venom seemed into the pages of the comic. There was also a sense of glee to be found in the dark lines of the black and white collection, as if Veitch was having a grand time creating a comic that could be, at times, so vile. Partway through the comic though, I started to pay attention. Veitch was saying something and it shocked me as a comics reader to find out that there is much more than just the latest superhero issue to comics. I’ve had similar experiences in the past but this one was mixed with a sense of taboo. I shouldn’t have been reading and enjoying a comic that seemed to take the genre it was exploring as a joke.Fans of Rick Veitch will notice that when I first read The One I didn’t really understand it. I didn’t understand the creator, either. It’s after reading Brat Pack that I understood Veitch loves superheroes. It’s also because of his long time admiration of these modern myths that he was so good at tearing them apart to see what lies beneath. He fearlessly and unapologetically ventures into uncharted territory and it’s that exploration that results in such comics as The One, Brat Pack and The Maximortal. The Maximortal is about two things. The first is about The Maximortal himself, a Superman copycat that’s done with a significantly darker and satirical twist. The second part of the comic is about the creators of Superman and, you could say, the modern myth of the superhero as we know it today. The story of Maximortal, or True Man as he’s actually known in the story, is intermixed with the history of the first half of the Twentieth Century. We see how he played a part in World War II as well as the Manhattan project. We also see how he influenced the works of physicists of the time (specifically Oppenheimer and Einstein). Veitch also has True Man’s existence preceed his creation at the hands of this story’s Siegel and Shuster analogues.The Siegel and Shuster part of the comic is that one that strike’s an emotional chord in any regular comic reader. Their abuse at the hands of their publisher is upsetting not only as a fan of their work or the genre or the medium in which they worked, but also to readers who support creator rights. In short, they were taken advantage of and it’s still a legal battle that’s relevant today. Having recently read The Comic Book History of Comics, I was able to pinpoint the parts of the story that are based in fact and it’s upsetting how poorly Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were treated. Veitch masterfully combines both story to increase the level of depth of both stories. I don’t think they would have worked as well had they been told independently of one another.A significant part of the comic is based in fact, even outside of the Siegel and Shuster portion. Veitch meditates on the idea of superheroes and their origin. He also argues as to why he thinks the creation of Superman (True Man, whatever) was a product of its time and why it endured. He supplements those ideas in The Maximortal with an essay about humanity, the superman, the rise of fascism and other strong nationalist movements and the works of Nietzsche. Much like Veitch’s important contributions to comic books weren’t created in a vacuum, Superman wasn’t created out of thin air either.One more thing of note, Veitch introduces another thought provoking element in his comic. He includes the notion that ideas are themselves alive, even to the point of having their own physical bodies. The idea of the superman became so prevalent to the mindset of the first half of the Twentieth Century that it resulted in the idea becoming real. Sure, Superman isn’t the same as Nietzsche’s Übermensch, but the idea of a superior human has become and intrinsic part of our modern culture.It's not my favourite of Veitch's works but that doesn’t mean a whole lot. So far, I’ve enjoyed every comic by Veitch that I’ve read. Even if you don’t like his comic, they will always give you plenty of things to think about a long time after you put the book down. One of the things I wanted to review on my blog when I was toying with the idea was comics by Rick Veitch because there aren’t a whole lot of places that have offered interesting discussions of his body of work. I know that the above isn’t really worthy of much praise but it’s a step in the right direction. I’ll have to follow up this review with more reviews of his other comics. Well see, maybe along the way I’ll start better understand his contribution to comics and even if I don’t, it’s a good excuse to read some good comics.

  • Shawn
    2018-12-27 08:20

    Not perfect, but definitely ambitious examination of the impact of the concept of "The Superman" and "Superman" on the unconscious of the world. Thus, all aspects of the Superman myth (here "True-Man") are touched on - his creators being screwed over, his impact on comics history in general, Hollywood legends about actors who take the role, Nietzsche's concept that predates the whole thing, the public's reaction, everything. Mixed in with this are lurid and grotesque details (I'm still left wondering what purpose the scatalogical material serves, although I have some ideas), cosmic comic book stuff (True-Man literally creates himself in a wonderfully bizarre conceit), even some Grant Morisson-esque fourth-wall breaking. It's a fun, bizarre, kooky package brimming with creativity (fans should also attempt to hunt down Veitch's THE ONE, another odd look at superheroes). Really, the only weak part is (interestingly) the one part that ties the book directly into Veitch's proposed King Hell Heroica "universe", specifically the previous title BRAT PACK (which is itself a wonderfully lurid, if occasionally misguided, examination of all the twisted possibilities inherent in the concept of "teen sidekicks", quite a few years before it became trite to be dark and ironic about such things). The BRAT PACK tie-in seems abrupt and forced, out of tempo with the rest of the book.Hunt it down if you want some idea how the rich soil of modern superhero comics was fertilized by very creative people.

  • Mark Desrosiers
    2018-12-29 05:19

    OK now I get it: this is a bizarro-world history of Superman as if he were conceived by his actual creator, Friedrich Nietzsche! (Watch for Fred's cameo as a mustachioed Cossack spit-roasting a mammoth at the beginning.) Blending fantastical weirdness with thinly disguised fact, it's both an indictment of the back-biting comic book industry and a mythical world-historical excursion on Apollonian/Dionysian lines, complete with cameo appearances from Albert Einstein, "Robert Uppenheimer", and Sherlock Holmes (who dies a cruel death here). Macrohistory plus micro-geekery. The action-heavy style and level of horrific nastiness (maggots crawling out of faces, a pot boiling with poop, etc.) clearly work as an homage to EC comics. Which makes me wonder if the Maximortal is Veitch's vision of what would happen if The Vault of Horror were exhumed to expound with zombie wisdom upon comix tragedies and the role of superheroes in modern society. Strange, eerily significant, mostly fun.

  • Whatsupchuck
    2018-12-31 06:37

    This book is all sorts of crazy. I don't remember all that much from it, but what stuck in my mind was the story and concept of Superman subverted to twisted ends combined with a parallel history of the creators of Superman.Not an 'easy read' from what I remember.

  • Charles Gory
    2019-01-04 08:16

    I enjoy Rick Veitchs work. I felt this book was all over the place. Per haps a slower pace over say nine issues would have suited better. Mostly commentary on the comic industry. Not the raw parody brat pack was.

  • Neven
    2018-12-21 09:16

    An extremely bizarre story blending the history of the Superman character with a psychedelic religion and a mad, often juvenile but always passionate philosophy. Quite well written, if extreme in every possible way.

  • Mike Kleine
    2019-01-02 04:25

    One of the best stories I've ever read.

  • Matt Hunt
    2018-12-19 09:24

    really interesting. must read more rick veitch

  • Justin
    2018-12-18 10:09

    a shit-worshipping, time-bending rumination on the nature of creativity and superheroes and people stepping on each other to get ahead.

  • Feather Mista
    2019-01-02 09:36

    Lo conseguí en la edicion en castellano publicado por Norma en la colección "día después #10", que acabo de subir. Ni bien pueda lo leo y seguro se gane su correspondiente reseña.

  • Dony Grayman
    2019-01-10 09:29

    Colección El Día Después #10. Tomo 1 de la saga King Hell Heroica.