More from Steven Grant, excerpted below:
"A few years back, I coined the term "post-superhero" to represent a sea change in American superhero comics underway at the time, mostly at the hands of British writers. It was the first real shift in paradigm since Stan Lee introduced the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man – then commonly labeled "anti-heroes" – forty years ago.
These were superhero comics stripped of many familiar trappings, from costumes and unexamined kneejerk morality to subplots, though few stripped out everything at once. They often focused more on mood and character than action. (It's likely no coincidence that many who produced "post-superhero" comics cut their teeth on Britain's 2000 AD and short-form strips like "Judge Dredd.") Some (Warren Ellis on THE AUTHORITY; Joe Casey on WILDCATS 3.0) operated out of boredom with the superhero concept, some (Alan Moore on the ABC books, Grant Morrison on JLA and NEW X-MEN) were genuinely fond of superheroes but wanted to restore a sense of wonder to the genre and make it speak better to modern audiences."
I'm not entirely sure you can lump both styles of writing under the same movement, really--Ellis and his ilk slash and burn without leaving anything interesting behind that might potentially inspire people who come after them to find something in the genre worth regenerating. Morrison seems more obsessed with finding new ways to look at the underlying concepts of superheroes, which, while occasionally deconstructive turns up so many new ways to look at familiar concepts within the genre that it opens more possibilities than it closes off.
Still, even if I don't agree with all of it, it's a rather fascinating read.