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Presents a collection of stories featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and the Justice League.

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Grade 10 Up-In this follow-up to 2001's Bizarro Comics, DC Comics once again lets the inmates take over the asylum. Working in teams, alternative comic artists and assorted smart alecks interpret an assortment of superheroes, from the beloved to the misbegotten. Bizarro is an idiotic, chalky doppelgänger of Superman; Bizarro World is home to him and many other Bizarros. However, the book is not explicitly about the protagonist; it's more about the Bizarro concept, a funhouse mirror held up to superheroes. The sheer number of artists and writers is astounding: Harvey Pekar seems to have written his own messy life into the story of a sad-sack Bizarro Superman; James Kochalka interprets the lame ducks of the Legion of Superheroes in his trademark kewpie-doll style, and Mo Willems examines the potential for gossip in "The Wonder of It All." However, the variety of styles makes the book uneven; the limited space is a challenge, causing some stories to seem half told, while others are reduced to one-liners; and the table of contents supplies page numbers but the work is unpaged. Many teen readers will never have seen the more obscure characters before, which will unfortunately dull some of the satire, but mainstream and underground comics fans alike (as well as those of MAD magazine) are sure to find something to laugh at in this collection.-Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Libraries, Ontario, Canada
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This sequel to 2001's Bizarro Comics anthology again invites underground and alternative cartoonists - and a few other unlikely types - to get nutty with the DC Universe's characters. This time, curiously, almost all the stories are written and drawn by two different people. Contributors include some very big names: Craig Thompson draws a Spectre story, and Harvey Pekar of American Splendor fame imagines himself as Bizarro. A few of the highlights are by creators who also appeared in the first volume, notably Chip Kidd and Tony Millionaire, who collaborate on another totally out-to-lunch Batman story. A couple of themes and favorite characters recur; more than one story uses the "Jingle bells/Batman smells" schoolyard song, and everyone seems to love playing with the Legion of Super-Heroes. And a few creators take the "bizarro" mandate as an excuse to imitate the look and feel of early MAD comics. The best stories imagine the superheroes' world colliding with the plebeian realities these cartoonists specialize in: Kyle Baker's dryly amusing riff on Batman's butler custom-ordering a Batmobile, Mike Doughty and Danny Hellman's deadpan tale about Aquaman playing an open-mike night and getting upstaged by Robin, and Peter Bagge and Gilbert Hernandez's "The Red Bee Returns," in which the most deservedly obscure superhero ever attempts to update his image. (Apr.)
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