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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

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Superman
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232054
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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At the time of this writing, I'm just shy of 40. My version of Superman is a mix of Silver Age stories, Byrne's reboot after Crists, and Superman I and II.
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.
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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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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 rare thing to see on my television set, but as I grew older I kind of lost interest. Or rather it might be more accurate to say that once I began reading comic books in earnest I was just really turned away from the character by the lack of good or interesting stories. So in the years since my view of Superman really hasn't changed. I don't hate him (As much as any person can hate a fictional character anyways), but I certainly don't read his ongoing series on a regular basis either, as I typically do with Batman and Green Lantern. I say this so anyone that reads my review can understand to some extent the gravity that's present when I say that this is one of the greatest comic books of all time, hands down. At this point, I don't think it's unfair to say that Morrison is usually praised more for his run on Batman (Which lasted from 2007 to 2013) than anything else. Or at least, people talk about his run on Batman more than anything else he's written. And that's understandable. It's a very good series of stories, for some of the same reasons that this is a good story in fact. However, I don't think it really compares to what he managed to do here in just 12 issues.

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.
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