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Product Details

  • Series: Superman
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232054
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Grant Morrison is one of the deftest superhero-comics writers of the moment, . . .  His collaboration with the artists Frank Quitely and Jamie Grant, is full of mad, cartwheeling invention and airy open spaces…. Clever.”—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“[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

Grant Morrison has been working with DC Comics for more than twenty years, beginning with his legendary runs on the revolutionary titles ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL. Since then he has written numerous best-sellers — including JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men — as well as the critically acclaimed creator-owned series THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH, WE3 and JOE THE BARBARIAN. Morrison has also expanded the borders of the DC Universe in the award-winning pages of SEVEN SOLDIERS, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, FINAL CRISIS and BATMAN, INC., and he is currently reinventing the Man of Steel in the all-new ACTION COMICS.
         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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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.

Customer Reviews

A powerful read for any comic book fan, even whether you like Superman.
It is a little odd in that it utilizes parts of Superman's history from quite a range of stories, mixing things together and making something great.
The dialogue was interesting and this book really did a good job of showing who superman is, what he has, and even some intro on bad guys.
Phillip Rodrigues

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Julian Pope on September 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
When you talk about Superman, you're talking about an icon. Not just an icon in comics, or the proud poster child of DC Comics, but an American Icon. And even further an international icon of universal appeal. Simply put Superman is not just the World's strongest superhero (in any universe), he is also the worlds Greatest hero. I'm not talking about 'great' as in how cool he is, or that he's any more awesome than any other superhero out there. I mean Great on a scale of 'awe'. It's hard to understand at which level Superman actually operates.

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.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike DeWilde on December 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Grant Morrison is the greatest superhero comic book writer working today. His Superman is the original superhero portrayed at his absolute best. Unlike lesser writers who have to bring the superhero down to the flawed human level in order to make them relatable to us, Morrison writes Superman as the god-like inspirational figure he was always meant to be. Yet this Superman is still vulnerable and engaging. Poisoned and dying, the hero must decide how to spend his last days and in true superhero fashion, he wants to spend them in service to humanity. All-Star Superman focuses on the hero's struggle to give his death meaning while also facing down a series of classic and intriguing sci-fi superhero threats including an evil solar computer and a super-powered Lex Luthor. Morrison's writing never slows down or falls short of its incredibly creative highs while still managing to be subtle, humorous and honestly touching.

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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael on February 11, 2014
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I have really mixed feelings about this one. It is a recommended reading by many, and actually considered a must-read, but in the end I did not enjoy it that much.

Past the first few issues that I enjoyed a lot (I found the Lois/Clark relationship and dialogues quite touching), Morrison throws in a lot of silver age weirdness which made it really hard for me to follow. I had a tough time with some of the ideas (Zibarro, Samson, etc.) as little to no explanation is given.

I have to admit I have a limited knowledge of Superman, so I have the feeling this book was actually written for long term fans, not for beginners in the Superman mythos.

I do like the way the story is built though, a kind of “twelve works of Superman”, and I find the art is really great and consistent throughout the book.

In the end, this book remains the most enjoyable book from Morrison that I’ve read (I might get flamed for this, but I really disliked his batman run), which tells you how much I appreciate this author…
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon_bydand on March 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
It's amazing how the "All-Star" line only yielded two books, and how completely opposite they managed to be. There's All-Star Batman and Robin, and THIS. One a notorious train-wreck, and the other a masterpiece. Unlike ASBaR, this one gets everything right. It distills the character down to his purest form and keeps focus on him at all times. Superman is a paragon and a person, an ideal and an ordinary guy. I love Morrison & Quitely's take on Clark Kent, which has since become canon in the mainline.

The story manages to marry the best of the Silver and Modern Ages. From the Silver it cuts out the silliness to keep the unlimited imagination and the genuinely fun ideas. From the Modern it strips away the superficial cynicism to find that there's really a lot of hope, and meditations on/desire to be really HEROIC. The result is a story that's fun, funNY, exciting, and even moving; I must admit, I did get a bit watery-eyed at a few parts. Quitely's artwork is lush but intimate, using the digital palette to render luminous colors on clean yet warm lineart. All-Star Superman rates right alongside Kingdom Come as my favorite comic ever.
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