What is a smart Grant?

That’s a question you don’t have to ask, because it’ll probably come up one day, but the only place you can find answers to this question are in the pages of the Grant Morrison–Chris Claremont crossover that started the second wave of comic-book super heroes. It’s actually the second crossover event in all of comic-dom, and the first was in 1984.

The first Grant Morrison–Chris Claremont crossover event, the first Superman vs. Batman storyline, which ran for years beginning with Action Comics #1, was the one which was supposed to have been the beginning of Morrison’s Batman run as it were. And it’s a little bit like the Grant Scott–David Michelinie and Jerry Ordway storyline that was published around the same time, when Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, a bunch of other characters, and villains started having a fight within the pages of Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern. Which was actually better than reading Grant Morrison’s Batman work, because Batman was kind of a dark version of Grant Morrison’s Batman, and I can’t think of a more dark superhero to work from than a dark hero.

And, like that story, this one was actually intended to take place over a seven issue arc. The two-part book, titled Miracleman, which is what the New 52 Superman has become, begins when Superman is forced to fight a new threat, the evil Brainiac. And he is a threat that can get more and more powerful as he goes along, so we get a couple of stories where Brainiac is just totally unhinged, and Superman is kind of like, “What am I going to do? We’ve got to do this, there’s nothing we can do, even if we had the powers of a god,” and even his friends are getting tired of him being this insane lunatic. Just when you thought he couldn’t possibly get any worse, he actually does, as in the climaxes of Miracleman #1, we get the moment where Superman is fighting the Brainiac, and Brainiac is kind of insane and totally insane, sort of like…

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Like a mental patient. Like a psychotic murderer. Or, like one of those psychotic murderers, you know?

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It’s kind of scary. I remember when I saw the first issue for the first time, I really…I don’t know if I was worried about this, because at the time, I