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Absolute All Star Superman Hardcover – November 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Superman
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Slp edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401229174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401229177
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grant Morrison's credits include Arkham Asylum, JLA, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and The Filth. Frank Quitely has won acclaim for his work on high-profile titles including We3, The Authority, and New X-Men. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and The Filth. He is currently writing Batman and All-Star Superman.

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BOTTOM LINE: This format has breathed new life into "All-Star Superman," already a great comic.
cousinpaco
This is made all the better thanks to the stunning artwork of the great Frank Quitely, whose cinematic renderings are an amazing sight to behold.
N. Durham
So this review is tailored for the people who have already read the story (which I do consider to be the best Superman has had).
phatpratt

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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One of many absolute edition reviews i made, largely so you can get a feel for the look of the book as well as its bonus features. my vids are mostly about the particular addition, with minimal critique of the story/art itself.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By MixedPixel on November 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I regard this series as probably the best comic series of the past decade, and perhaps the best Superman series ever. It must be said, I'm not normally that much of a Superman fan, not, because the character is a goody, goody, boy scout type character, something which most critics of the character seem to constantly bemoan, but rather because I think most everything that can be done with the oldest and most recognisable superhero in all of fiction, has been done. Grant Morrison proves however, that there is life in the old dog yet!

Morrison gives us a refreshing view on Superman for the new millenium, a character who has a universal philosophy and lives by it, spinning a story that draws from classic myth, modern philosophy as well as the superhero Gold and Silver Comic Ages. Just as Jesus was an inspiration for an entire religion, the Superman in this book is meant as a modern day, non-religious, messianic inspiration, the ideal human, perfect in philosophy and action, and something we should all aspire to.

This actual absolute edition, is beautifully packaged with a new cover by Quietly, in an oversized format, I've fallen in love with this work all over again. I'm not one to spend money repeatedly on the same piece of work, but the fact that I own all of the original comics as well as the two hardbound volumes and now this Absolute edition, perhaps indicates just how much I care for this work.

While an oversized representation of the original material would have been enough for me, the true treasure, perhaps as per all Absolute editions, is the additional sketches, anecdotes and write-ups that Morrison and Quitely offer us at the back of the book. Through these, the reader is given a more holistic understanding of what Morrison was trying to achieve here, and while not everything is spelled out for us, the additional background material only enhances the enjoyment of this tragic tale.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By cousinpaco on November 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
STORY: Rightly considered to be among the best Superman stories ever published, "All-Star Superman" manages to be self-contained, yet open-ended...making for a very satisfying experience. Grant Morrison's writing almost always overflows with creativity, yet sometimes falls into the trap of being incoherent; "All-Star Superman" deftly avoids that trap, all the while bursting with cool ideas. The only downside: such a bombardment of concepts may bewilder newcomers and casual fans, and the story assumes at least a basic foreknowledge of Superman and his traditions.

ART: Frank Quitely (enhanced by Jamie Grant) is a master of capturing moments of action while never feeling static. His work conveys a magnificent sense of motion, which makes this comic fun and exciting to read. Quitely also builds in tons of background detail, rewarding close attention and future reading. His faces are sometimes inconsistent, but never to the point of making it difficult to identify characters. And his sense of pacing perfectly complements Morrison's story, rocketing along while allowing the reader to linger as necessary. Top-notch art, to be sure.

PRESENTATION: The "Absolute" format is perfect for this material. The expansive trim-size and stout, coated paper-stock practically suck the reader into the artwork. Sewn-signature binding allows the hefty book to lay relatively flat, ensuring that nothing important is hidden in the spine-edge (the iconic double-page introductory shot of Superman flying near the Sun looks SPECTACULAR).

A snazzy dust-jacket features new art from Quitely, while the paper-over-board casebinding showcases the well-known Superman-resting-on-a-cloud over Metropolis cover from issue one (the Neil Adams variant is included inside).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman quite simply may be the greatest Superman story ever told, period. Created under DC's continuity-free All-Star bannar (which also produced Frank Miller's craptastic All-Star Batman & Robin), All-Star Superman presents a tale of the Man of Steel as his greatest enemy Lex Luthor has finally found a way to do the previously unthinkable: kill him. Now, Superman's time is running out and he knows it, but that doesn't stop him from admitting his love and identity to Lois Lane, interacting with the Supermen of the distant future, and concluding with a final showdown with a super-powered Lex. What makes All-Star Superman so good is the fact that Morrison is free to tell a truly fantastical story featuring a truly fantastical character, and the story as a whole carries a sense of awe and wonder unlike any Superman story has in decades. This is made all the better thanks to the stunning artwork of the great Frank Quitely, whose cinematic renderings are an amazing sight to behold. Finally collected in a beautiful Absolute edition, All-Star Superman may very well be the best thing to come out of DC this decade, and saying that it's a Superman story for the ages is a massive understatement indeed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By phatpratt on February 9, 2011
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There really was no rational reason for me to purchase this. I already owned the story and read it through at least half a dozen times. Still, I was intrigued by the new artwork that graces the book jacket. I was interested in seeing what the extras in the book would provide.

So this review is tailored for the people who have already read the story (which I do consider to be the best Superman has had). My opinion of the story in a nutshell is all thriller, no filler.

This is my first Absolute book. The artwork is splendid. I was impressed with Quitely's work beforehand but the larger format really brings it to life. It was like looking at the stuff for the first time again. The details are more fleshed out and vibrant. I'd recommend it on what the "oversized" format does for the artwork alone.

I love the presentation of the book. The slipcase is a blown up and split graphic of the 10th issue cover where Superman benevolently gazes down on a basketball-sized Earth. The book jacket cover is the image displayed as the default here on Amazon, the back is the full page shot of Lois kissing Superman on the moon. And the hardback cover itself is the cover of the first issue with Superman lounging in the clouds over Metropolis, while the back is one of the panels in the book with Lois and Superman flying with a dot matrix look. As far as the interior goes I had no issues seeing spread shots that could've easily (and carelessly) been buried in the spine of the book.

And then the extras. There's background information on major and minor characters. There are some details I would have had no idea of their place in the story without this addition. Which makes me wonder what more was left out.
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