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All Star Superman, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison
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All Star Superman, Vol. 1

by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely (Illustrator)

Other authors: Jamie Grant (Illustrator)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Superman, All-Star Superman (1)

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(Note, this review refers to the entire run of 12 All-Star Superman issues, but Volume 1 is only issues 1-6)

This book is... weird.

All-Star Superman is something of a "reboot" intended to be self-contained, but pulling from the great history of Superman mythos. The book contains re-imagined and repurposed versions of Superman, Lois, and Luthor, as well as new versions of Bizarro, Doomsday, and, most interestingly, a completely rethought Mr. Mkzyplk (no I'm not going to bother looking up the spelling).

By pulling in so much material to work with, the book can get really damn weird sometimes. It involved characters I'm not even familiar with as a casual Superman fan, which made some of the book quite confusing. And when Superman went to Bizarro world and met Zibarro, a smart Bizarro-superman in a world of idiot Supermen, the book kind of went full retard.

This book did a lot of stuff right. Lex Luthor is fascinating and evil as all hell, as an example. My favorite thing is the overall concept; in the infamous Death and Return of Superman story arc, where Superman fought Doomsday, it was page after page of Superman and Doomsday smashing into each other. Completely brainless, and utterly missing the point of Superman dying. Superman is invincible, so having a giant monster show up and kill him was a missed opportunity to have Kal-El face his own death. All-Star Superman fixes this, as the entire arc is Superman selflessly cleaning up loose ends before what he believes to be his own death. This story is fascinating and, at times, touching. Really well done stuff. I also really enjoyed the slight nod at explaining why nobody mistakes Clark for Superman - the extremely large man wears loose-fitting suits and uses his posture to basically make himself look like a doofy fat man, and the way it's drawn completely works.

The book also did a lot wrong. First of all, Lois Lane is far, far too sexualized - almost every frame she's in has her drawn suggestively for no good reason, and it makes the entire book come off as immature. Her stint as Super-woman (don't ask) goes virtually nowhere, and fails to really explore any of the interesting points it raises. Additionally, Jimmy Olsen might be more annoying in this book than any other version of Olsen I know of, the guy is just grating.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and I think it brought a lot to the table in terms of Superman mythos. I was wary of the All-Star moniker after Frank Miller's Batman abortion, but this was worth a read and pretty enjoyable, even if it did occasionally go off the rails. ( )
  rodhilton | Nov 14, 2014 |
Lex Luthor creates a problem for Superman -- he creates an emergency very close to the sun (Sol) the energy of which is where Supes gets his powers. But he gets overcharged and gets his version of cancer! Now in the 70 years of Superman, I don't think anyone but Morrison came up with this. Quite a novel idea.

Loved the Frank Quitely art. The way he draws the teeth and extremities is so realistic. And his women, especially Lois Lane, are drawn proportionately rather than the Barbie look that I see too much of, such as on Image Comics covers. :P

Favorite scenes:

Lois Lane is granted powers for a day. When she kisses Supes on the moon, now that was fun. What's even more hilarious is that she does not believe him when he reveals he is Clark Kent. Opening the Fortress of Solitude with a small house key made of dwarf star material that only he can lift was fun too.

Jimmy Olsen becoming Doomsday to defeat Superman who gets tangled up with Black Kryptonite!

Superman's descendants pay him a visit with unpredictable results.

All in all, a good graphic novel... Can't wait for Vol. 2! ( )
  jmourgos | Sep 12, 2014 |
Weird ( )
  wallerdc | Mar 26, 2014 |
Quite a nice homage to the Silver Age Superman Family comics, with the sorts of ideas you'd expect to see in old issues of Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane and Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, etc., but elegantly updated and with a sombre overarching plot line dealing with Superman's seemingly impending death. Beautiful art, beautiful colours. A treat to read. ( )
  catfantastic | Dec 21, 2013 |
This is probably better if you are really up on your Superman mythology. Still even as a novice it's a fairly fun ride. ( )
  ptdilloway | Nov 21, 2013 |
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Quitely, FrankIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, JamieIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A chronicle of the last days of Superman.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 140121102X, Paperback)

Written by Grant Morrison Art and cover by Frank Quitely The amazing creative team of Grant Morrison (BATMAN) and Frank Quitely (WE3) create a new vision of the World's First Super-Hero! Now in trade paperback, this volume collects the first six issues of the acclaimed series and features Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro, and more! Advance-solicited; on August 20 - 160 pg, FC, $12.99 US

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Presents a new version of the story of Superman, following his activities as a superhero and his interactions with Lois Lane, Jimmy Olson, and Lex Luthor.

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