• I don’t know what to say. Villains always try to justify their actions but how you described the artists rendition almost makes it sound like Luthor is justified. Not sure that is the case, and I hope not to be honest 🙂

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  • No-one sees themselves as the bad guy. Lex does not see himself as a villain. In his mind, he is a hero.

    Gee whiz, the artwork is amazing but so dark. Everyone’s face is in shadow. It is kind of depressing, though it certainly has storytelling qualities.

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    • Exactly. Well.. I mean.. I’m not sure Joker sees himself as a hero or anything and just enjoys the chaos, as he busts Batman’s balls on a daily basis. But Luthor definitely rationalizes his behaviour and sees his actions as justified. This story has that purpose behind it. To show us what it’s like to villanize Superman through Luthor’s eyes. And yes, the artwork is dark and the shadows accentuates it all. It reminds you that there’s nothing positive about Luthor’s perception, even if he thinks it is. The best thing about the artwork is how Superman is drawn. He REALLY looks like a threat. Check out this link to see what he looks like: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/be/a5/aa/bea5aa7524c6a005b5c5dea2d8a62c81.jpg

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  • I’ve been burned by this creative team with prequels to the Watchmen, but I must grudgingly admit this doesn’t look half bad 😉 Not sure if there’s anything new, ultimately, Luthor always viewed himself as the good guy who never had a chance to shine because of Superman, but still it looks worth checking out 🙂

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    • I think you picked up the worse of the bunch when it comes to their collaboritive projects hahahaha I’d recommend trying Joker and Luthor by Azzarello and Bermejo. There’s much more substance to them. Even this one, Luthor, could have been looked through a psychoanalyctic lense, where there’s some sort of twisted sexual tension between Luthor and Superman, an impossible love of some sort. I didn’t want to get into to let others decide for themselves but it’s fun to look at it at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th degree hahaha

      But seriously, both Luthor and Joker (I’ll review Joker in the very near future) are worth checking out. They summarize, like you said, something we know already, but how they accomplish it with these stories is nice. 😀

      And honestly, I also just want to read more reviews from you on stories I’ve read. 😛

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      • I’m willing to give these two a second chance. Luthor seems like a solid, well prepared spin on the twisted relationship between Superman and his nemesis, and I’ll take Luthor over Brainiac any day 🙂 Plus, the love aspect seems right on point – Lex feels awe and yearning toward Superman – we all have a deep need for heroes – but hates himself for it as he looks at it as a confirmation of his inferior status.

        I’m starting Grey Bastards, and if I remember correctly you recommended this book (not to say raved about it 😉) – so soon you’ll have a chance to read my review of it – though I can’t guarantee it will be a pleasant experience 😂

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        • Brainiac is indeed peculiar. I’ve read a couple of renditions of his character, even his springlings that we see in Scott Snyder’s Justice League run. I do prefer Superman v. Lex of all Metropolis rivalities.

          Oh boy hahhah Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us then! 😂

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  • THAT COVER!! 😍😍😍 is just….its….veryyy villainy without the usual villainous elements …you get what I mean?! 😍😍😍 AHHHH!! I LOVE IT SOO MUCHHn ❤️❤️😍😍🌟🌟🌟

    ooooooOOOOOOHHHH!! That Luthor is a hell of a plottterrrrr!! 😍😍😍 Gotta appreciate that! 🤣🤣


    AHHHHHHH!! OKAY I LOVEE THIS ONE SOO MUCH AND ITS OFFICIALLY ON MY TBR NOWW!! ITS JUST TOO PRETTY AND I AM EXCITED BY THE PLOT BECAUSE tell you a little secret, ever since I watched that Superman movie as a kid, I have kinda hated him! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 (please dont hate mee!! )

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    • Hahahahah it is awesome huh? I’m glad to hear that it’s going on your TBR though! 😛 Wait till I review Joker by these two. I just need to reread it before writing up a review but I remember it being even better than Luthor. 😀

      And it’s okay to hate them based on those movies hahaha You could only ever really know what he’s really like through the comics or animated TV shows/movies! 😀

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  • Awesome review sir! It’s been a while since I read this and I’m so overdue a revisit of the hardcover…a great exploration of Superman’s foe brought to life by some beautiful. beautiful art and a perfect companion piece to the Joker graphic novel.

    With the Joker movie looking likely to gross $1 billion on a $55 million budget, I guess Warners will be looking at similar projects (I honestly thing a Joker sequel would be a mistake to be honest but it’s probably inevitable now) – ‘Luthor’ would be an intriguing prospect but I honestly feel it might work better in animation? What do you think?

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    • Thanks, Chris! I’ll be revisiting Joker next to complete the loop too. It was the best of the bunch when I first read it, so I look forward to it.

      Indeed and I had the exact same thought about Luthor being the next villain project but then I found it a bit complicated when you need to include Superman in it, and assuming they do it like they did with Batman, the screenplay would have to be veeeeery original… If anything, I think all of the great comic book stories are better as an animated movie/series hahah


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