Superman: Kal (written by Dave Gibbons with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez) has Kal's rocket landing in medieval England. Kal becomes a blacksmith, hiding his abilities at the urging of his father. He impulsively enters a tournament to impress the Lady Loisse, who is being held captive the Baron Luthor. Mighty Kal weakens when he meets Luthor, who wears a glowing green gem on a necklace. Luthor also discovers the rocket ship and has Kal work it into a suit of armour and a sword. Gibbons nicely mixes a tale of good versus evil and triumph alongside tragedy as the story builds toward a deadly, violent confrontation. Garcia-Lopez' art is well suited to the setting with lots of depth and detail.
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One of the finest Superman stories ever published. The writing by Dave Gibbons is mythic and the art work and design by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez is magnificent. Even the cover makes it look like a leather-bound illuminated manuscript. What if Kal-el had landed in England during the Dark Ages instead of America in the 20th century? That is the heart of this tale, as told by James son of Olls. It is the story of a child fallen from heaven and found by simple peasants- peasants that must hide his powers lest there be talk of witchcraft. Then one day, the young Kal would travel to Lexford, stronghold the the black Baron Luthor and his ward, the fair Lady Loisse. The result reads more like a Shakespearian tragedy than a comic book. It all makes sense really, for who else could drive a sword through a stone with his dieing strength?
What if young Kal-el landed in England during the Dark Ages instead of 20th century America? That idea is the basis of this Elseworlds one-shot, written by Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons and drawn beautifully by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. The story unfolds tragically as we see young Kal grow older, discover his otherworldly abilities, fall in love with fair maiden Lady Loisse, and eventually take on Baron Luthor who wields a mysterious green glowing gem around his neck which makes Kal sick anytime he is near it. Gibbons' storytelling is almost mythic, and by the time you get to the final page, everything comes full circle making this one of the finest Superman stories ever told, and one that you've probably never heard of let alone read. If you can find this, pick this up, it's a masterpiece.
Set in feudal England (it's an Elseworld book), Kal's love, Loisse, is claimed by Baron Luthor as lord's first night privilege (I felt you should know this is a wrenching story for people who are too young). It is a beautiful story until then, set in a magical time. And it is told and drawn and colored beautifully throughout.
The story mirrors the traditional Superman story in several ways. Baby Kal was found by a farming couple, in a silver rocket pod. The childless woman cooed over the baby, "fresh laid by 'Eaven ... in a silver egg." As you would expect, Kal grew to a fine manhood, stronger than a bull (as can be attested to by the bull), and true of heart. When his heart is twined with the lovely Lady Loisse's, the baron's "ward" (but in reality his captive ever since her father, the town's Protector Lord Layne, was murdered), the stage is set for a wrenching final act.
The story is written very touchingly by Dave Gibbons. It is a wonderful tale, told in...
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