Dec 13, 2010

I Really Want to Read This: KAL

KAL, by Dave Gibbons and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, is a 1995 Elseworlds (DC lexicon for alternate reality) original graphic novel (meaning it was never serialized) in which Kal-El, Superman, lands in medieval England and is found by a working-class family.


Although there's been a lot of Elseworlds stories that focus on Superman and Batman, to the point where it feels as if the market is overcrowded, the concept is appealing, since I am quite  a fan of that period of history. In addition, the production quality just seems top-notch. Look at that cover up there. It's straight out of a book.

Here's an ad for the comic, which is so well done that I'm sad it's not in the final book.:


But the big selling point is the creative team. It's always interesting to see what Dave Gibbons can come up with, although he hasn't really written anything great (THE ORIGINALS comes closest), and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, comics' most important artist you've never heard of, does some rare interiors that, if the first page below is any indication, is dynamic, solid, and just plain pretty to look at.


Thanks to Theresa at Redheads Do It In Elevator Shafts for the images.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi duy,

I just got a copy of this a few months ago when Sandy from Comic Odyssey was able to unearth one for me. I placed my wishlist years ago but constant emails made it a mental suggestion that if he sees one to give it to me.I have a lot of Elseworlds in my collection so If I may suggest Superman Speeding Bullets and Busiek's Secret Identity are also great reads.

Thanks

Danry Ocampo

Duy said...

Hi Danny,

Is KAL as good as it LOOKS?

I have Superman Speeding Bullets, which was fine until about 2/3 of the way through, then it just got really hokey - and I usually love hokey, so my threshold is pretty high.

Busiek's Secret Identity is ridiculously expensive and out of print.

Anonymous said...

hi duy,

LOVE THIS WEBSITE.Cool Articles.

Story and art are awesome for KAL like Superman Inc which he also drawn.It did not have a forced ending like other oneshots.Great connection with Excalibur sword at the end. I was lucky to get a TPB of Secret Identity lying around at Filbars even got a discount after convincing them that its worthless.Chanced upon a set of prestige copies at KOMIKON last year because nobody cared.I bought a lot of Kurt Busiek this year like Shockrockets Wizards tale and Arrowsmith

Thats why Elseworlds appeal to me because its a hit or miss.

I loved and read the following.
Justice Riders by Chuck Dixon and your fave JH Williams
Superman The Dark Side. Kal El lands on Apokalips with Darkseid as his mentor.
Hulk Future Imperfect
JLA Created Equal
Superboys Legion by Mark Farmer Alan Davis
Gotham Noir by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Im kinda dissapointed that you did not feature Blacksad here. This is my Comic recommendation for you this Christmas.

Thanks Keep up the good work.Hope to see you at Planet X Comics.

DANRY Ocampo

Duy said...

Hi Danry,

JUSTICE RIDERS and HULK FUTURE IMPERFECT (by my all-time fave, George Perez) are both on my to-read list, and if I ever chance upon them at a con, I'll get it.

I keep hearing about Blacksad. Is it here?

I'm at Planet X just about every Wednesday. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Duy,

Blacksad has been reprinted by Dark Horse as a HC with 3 stories drawn in Disney style. You can even preview it at DarkHorse.com. I finally made the jump bec everybody was recommending it,it is a very smart buy.art and story is very well done. I bought my copy from Eric of Planet X Comics.Whats cool about him is you can ask if a book is available , he will give you a very direct answer on price and status for lead time when it arrives at the shop.No deposits just plain old word of honor that you'll buy it. Future Imperfect has been made into a Hardcover by Marvel titled Hulk THE END.

Next Wave Agents of Hate Ultimate Collection is a pending order that i placed hopefully coming 1st week of January.Funny Take on Superheroes by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen

Beast of Burden by Evan Dorkin is my recommend for the kids.

Its been a long time that i have been reading your blog but only mustered the courage now to write.So please forgive this stranger for recommending so many titles.

Thanks

Danry

Duy said...

No problem, Danry! I welcome comments all the time. Unless it's from trolls, but thankfully, I don't have those guys yet. I appreciate your recommendations and I'll be sure to keep an eye out for them.

I have no desire to read HULK: THE END, just FUTURE IMPERFECT, so I'll just wait to see which is the cheaper deal.

And yeah, Eric is a cool cool guy.

Anonymous said...

Duy,

It was Marvels was to put out a HC with Peter David writing both stories. I agree that i only liked Future Imperfect so its the one a Hunted.I'll be commenting from this point onward. Im excited that George finally finished New Teen Titans Games so it will be DC turn to schedule shipping dates hopefully soon. I saw news yesterday that New Teen Titans will have an Omnibus collecting DC comics Presents #26 and Issue 1 to 16 for $75.00 for August.This is my chance to finally own the series since i only have #1 and 2.Archive Editions are sold out.

Thanks

Danry

Duy said...

HOLY FRICKING CRAP!! 1-16 for 75 dollars?? I AM SOLD. I have a good collection of NTT issues, but I was giving up hope on filling the blanks, most of which are from 1-16!

Anonymous said...

Hi Duy,

From Bleeding Cool.
DC Books In July And August

THE NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC Writer: Marv Wolfman Artists: George Pérez, Dick Giordano, Curt Swan, Romeo Tanghal, Frank Chiaramonte, Pablo Marcos, Collects: DC COMICS PRESENTS #26 and THE NEW TEEN TITANS #1-16 $75.00 US, 464 pg, on sale August

Its listed in Amazon as.

Editorial Reviews
Product Description
The first 16 issues of the groundbreaking 1980s NEW TEEN TITANS is now collected in a handsome omnibus edition.

In 1980, writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez introduced a timeless team including Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Cyborg, Changeling, Raven and Starfire – young heroes with great powers and strong personalities who learned their way in the world through the strength of their friendship and the adventures they shared. Don’t miss the first appearances of some of the team’s biggest foes including Deathstroke and Trigon, as well as a confrontation with the Justice League of America and Doom Patrol foes The Brotherhood of Evil.

This really kicked my Ass when i saw it. Just Sharing.

Danry

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