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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
If (Should be when) you purchase this volume and flip to the back of the book you'll see a few original sketches from Morrison, with notes on the designs chosen for a few of the main characters. I think that reading over those notes, brief as they are, really gives you a sense of what Morrison was trying to accomplish here. Superman is THE superhero. He's where the genre began and he's arguably where it will end, if it ever truly does.Read more ›
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I'm foremost a superman fan, rather than a comics fan. I enjoyed many superman comics and this one is so highly recommended, but I was at a loss reading it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Steel
Sources I trust told me how amazingly great and fun this story arc is. I trust those sources rather less now. Read morePublished 15 days ago by J. D. Baldwin
Someone should have told me how depressing this story was.
Everyone told me how good it was, but no one told me how depressing it was.
Two types of Superman stories exist for readers today, the New 52/Man of Steel version and the Norman Rockwell/Christopher Reeve version. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Rich S
I enjoyed the collection as a whole, but I wasn't enamored by it.Published 1 month ago by A. Koehler
Less annoying than GM's other stuff, though there are still some of the bizzare pacing and dialogue you'd expect. Still a decent story.Published 1 month ago by Eric C. Larson
amazing, a new (yet old) way to see the greatness of the classic superman.Published 1 month ago by Aleru