Henry Cavill plays the title role in Zach Snyder's expensively earnest iteration of our most recognizably American superhero. An "alien" aesthetic — which ironically owes plenty to the Industrial Age and to the metallo-organic curves of art nouveau — informs everything from the film's palette to its interpretation of Superman's iconic costume. Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Mary Ann Shilts takes one of the give away comic books from the display rack at the New Dimensions Comics store in Cranberry, Pa., Butler County, as part of Free Comic Book Day 2012. Free Comic Book Day 2013 is Saturday, May 4. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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The Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio, was one of the first Japanese comics to deal with same-sex relationships. Fantagraphics hide caption

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