Mythology The images in comic books are many things: kinetic, to be sure; colorful, more often than not; emotional, if the reader is lucky. But painter… Mythology The images in comic books are many things: kinetic, to be sure; colorful, more often than not; emotional, if the reader is lucky. But painter… 2003-10-21 Pantheon
Book Review

Mythology (2003)

Alex Ross, Mythology | HERO WORSHIP ''Mythology'' pulls together Ross' super work
HERO WORSHIP ''Mythology'' pulls together Ross' super work
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Oct 21, 2003; Writer: Alex Ross; Publisher: Pantheon

The images in comic books are many things: kinetic, to be sure; colorful, more often than not; emotional, if the reader is lucky. But painter Alex Ross brings to his work an unparalleled sense of the real. His heroes -- both super and mortal -- have weight; they exist in space, and that space is affected by them in ways never before seen on the page. Award-winning designer Chip Kidd combed through more than 1,500 pieces of art -- a chunk of which comes from DC's landmark series ''Kingdom Come'' -- for Mythology (Pantheon, $35), which gives the newcomer an appreciation for the iconic aspects of characters like Superman, Batman, and the Joker, while the longtime fan can get a feel for the hand-cramping methods behind Ross' beautiful madness.

Originally posted Oct 28, 2003 Published in issue #735 Oct 31, 2003 Order article reprints