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All Star Superman Paperback – October 11, 2011
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“[Morrison’s] affection for the Superman cast shines through on every page as he homes in on their iconic demeanors––quietly noble Superman, bumbling Clark Kent, suspicious Lois Lane, boyishly enthusiastic Jimmy Olsen, and brilliantly evil Lex Luthor. . . . .Meanwhile, collaborator Quitely shows that he might be the perfect comic book artist: subtle when necessary, cartoonish when appropriate, and adroit with the action sequences. Together, writer and artist devise a Man of Steel who is both respectfully classic and excitingly contemporary.” —BOOKLIST (starred review)
“Morrison . . . get[s] what's fun about Superman: He's ridiculously powerful, and therefore he just sees and does and has lots of incredibly cool, totally bizarre stuff. . . The sky isn't even close to the limit: time machines, nanonauts, sun-eaters, a super-dense sphere of black kryptonite from the Underverse, it's all good.”—TIME MAGAZINE Best Comics of 2007
SALON, Best Comics of 2007
EW.Com, Best Comic Books of 2007
“A stirringly mythic emotionally resonant, and gloriously alternative take on the Man of Steel.”—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Taking the Man of Steel back to his roots and into the future at the same time, All Star Superman is exciting, bold and supercool…all the makings of a classic”—Variety
“The most enjoyable incarnation of Superman in almost 30 years...”—THE A.V. CLUB
“The Paul McCartney/John Lennon of comics, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, are currently working their magic on All Star Superman.”—NASHVILLE CITY PAPER
“Writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely might just be the best one-two punch in comics. . . . Quitely’s finely detailed art style and Morrison’s sensationally cerebral and witty storytelling have taken this simple re-imagining of Superman’s life and made it a must read series.”—METRO TORONTO, Best Ongoing Comic Book Series of 2006
“A quirky, fun - and poignant - throwback to classic comic-book adventures, courtesy of writer Grant Morrison and artists Frank Quitely and Jamie Grant.”— WINSTON SALEM JOURNAL
About the Author
In his secret identity, Morrison is a “counterculture” spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Supergods, a groundbreaking psycho-historic mapping of the superhero as a cultural organism. He divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Scotland.
Frank Quitely was born in Glasgow in 1968. Since 1988 he’s drawn The Greens (self-published), Blackheart, Missionary Man, Shimura, Inaba, ten shorts for Paradox Press, six shorts for Vertigo, FLEX MENTALLO, 20/20 VISIONS, BATMAN: THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION, THE KINGDOM: OFFSPRING, JLA: EARTH 2, THE INVISIBLES, TRANSMETROPOLITAN, THE AUTHORITY, Captain America, New X-Men, THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, WE3, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN and BATMAN AND ROBIN. He has also created covers for Negative Burn, Judge Dredd Megazine, Classic 2000 AD, JONAH HEX, BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME, BITE CLUB, AMERICAN VIRGIN and ALL-STAR BATMAN. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children. He used to design his own hats and clothing. Currently his favorite hobby is cooking.
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In this graphic novel, which I consider along with many others to be the Greatest Superman graphic novel of our time here on Earth One, Krypton or any other fictional planet, you realize this is actually someone who has the ability to hear grains of sand brush over each other in the Sahara desert from a small reporters office in Metropolis. Read the novel slowly, appreciate every one of Frank Quitely's detailed and sometimes even bizarre drawings and relish all of Grant Morrison's meticulous and carefully chosen words, because when it is over you'll wish you had. For such a selfless, fearless and even beautiful hero, The Man of Steel is nothing less than #1, not because thats what he wants, or because he even cares about it, but because it's what he deserves.
Frank Quitely's inimitable art style is the perfect companion to Morrison's writing. His characters emote with their bodies and faces in a way that's unlike anything else I've encountered in the comic medium. Unlike other artists, Quitely's characters seem completely unaware that they're comic book characters, there are no `super' poses or heroically angsty expressions. There's not a single panel that feels like derivative or ordinary comic book art. The characters appear as actual inhabitants of a universe more colorful and exciting than our own that has been somehow captured and portrayed in this 2D medium.
Together Morrison and Quitely (and colorist Jamie Grant who really deserves his/her own paragraph) have created a work of art that perfectly captures and elevates the best of the exciting and imaginative sci-fi superhero tradition. So much story and detail is packed into every stunning panel that multiple readings are absolutely necessary.
This is one of the best Superman stories ever by any standard. It's timeless, it captures the core of the character, and it is fun. And, thankfully, it doesn't waste space with the origin story. Morrison tells you everything you need to know, and moves forward immediately.
For me, there are three Superman stories that are at the pinnacle: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, For the Man Who Has Everything, and All Star Superman. Putting this in with the other two stories is the highest praise I can offer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I feel the need to begin by saying that i'm not a major fan of Superman. I was back when I was a kid growing up in the 90's and Superman the Animated Series was certainly not a... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Gregory Cox
Superman is one of my all time favorite superheroes, but this book is horrible. I wished I'd never bought it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Shane Lewis
This is by far the best Superman comic ever. It's the definitive, classic Superman with a really unique, interesting story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew Lindsey
A very moving story about a dying Superman. This did not disappoint whatsoever. And also, the artwork is also amazing.Published 1 month ago by Eobard Thawne
I like the art and the concepts of the stories although at times it seemed a little different from what I was expecting.Published 2 months ago by Eric Bresie
Not only is All-Star Superman the greatest Superman story ever told, it is also one of the most beautiful works of graphic storytelling ever produced. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Spencer Nielsen