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Superman for All Seasons (Post-Crisis Superman Chronology)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  8,815 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Similar to the premise of the Smallville television series, this hardcover book takes a look at the life of a young Clark Kent as he begins to develop strange powers. Living in a small Kansas town, the boy who would grow to be the Man of Steel must come to terms with his true origin and his uncanny abilities. In this mythic tale, we witness the experiences and adventures t ...more
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published September 25th 2002 by DC Comics (first published December 8th 2001)
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The graphic novel that returned my love of comic books. As a newly minted college graduate, I had seen no reason to embrace comics again outside of a research capacity for my plays. This novel, however, made me remember everything I loved about comics as a kid: the almost "morality play" storylines, the majesty of the characters as they move across panels, the comedy that can easily be found in running around in tights, the hardbitten women unwilling to sit on the sidelines while the boys have a ...more
Sam Quixote
Despite being a massive Superman fan, it’s taken me a while to get to this book – which many readers put forward as one of the “must-read” Superman books – because it’s written by Jeph Loeb. I really don’t like Loeb’s writing and his Batman stuff is among the most overrated garbage I’ve ever read. That said, I felt compelled to read this if only to say I have and can say with authority that it too is terrible – which is why I was pleasantly surprised with what I found with Superman For All Seaso ...more
Another fantastic story from Loeb and Sale. I love the way he puts a calm and meaningful spin on some of the biggest comic characters out there. My favourite was Daredevil yellow and Spider-Man blue, but this is up there too.

The story is told in four different seasons by four different people in Supermans' life and shows how he matures throughout his teenage years leaving smallville to becoming superman and working in Metropolis.

I thought it had great artwork and a different insight into Super
Erica David
I used to have a problem with Supes. Being a fan of the Bat, Superman was a little too squeaky clean for me. I’m not saying that all of our modern heroes need to be dark, tortured antiheroes, but the whole Midwestern farm boy turned reporter thing never really interested me. Then I read Superman For All Seasons and something happened. I can only describe it as a warming of the cockles of my tiny Grinch heart. Loeb and Sale have given us a beautiful and elegant exploration of the origins of Super ...more
3.5 stars
It's definitely a good graphic novel about Clark Kent and his first few years as Superman. Though, I was kind of hoping for more...something? Maybe it was the art that turned me off? Not sure. Anyway, it was good, but not quite totally satisfying.
Chris Kay
Superman for All Seasons is a very different type of story to those one usually reads about the Man of Steel – he only stops one speeding train, and most of the story takes place in Smallville rather than Metropolis. Instead, this is a story about coming of age, about change and finding your place in a world which can seem frightening no matter how gifted you are. It's about the expectations those around you hold, and your own ambitions. It is a story which begs to be read by the 18-25 demograph ...more
Not an action/adventure epic, which is different for a superman title, but beautifully told nonetheless. The story concerns the struggles of clark kent to suppress his desires for an ordinary life and learning to deal with his limitations (yes superman his limitations too). The result is a heart-warming tale that fleshes out the relationship he has with his parents and with Lana Lang and focuses on the sacrifices superman makes every day that we may not even think about. Typically, people spend ...more
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*

This one starts early with Clark/Superman in Smallville, leaving on his epic journey to Metropolis. It's divided into four parts, or seasons, each one told through the POV of a different character in his life.

The first section is told through the POV of Jonathan Kent, who speaks of his son and his abilities, his life in Smallville with Lana and the farm, the small town and how the father knows he may be destined for bigger things. Summer is told through the POV of Lois Lane, the reporter who cat
This is a lovely book, with gorgeous art -- it has a very atmospheric quality. I'm not sure there's all that much to the story -- the plot itself is loose and meandering. But the character arcs are strong and the narration (from Pa Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and Lana Lang, in each respective "season") really holds together the emotional threads and symbolic resonance. While the story depends a bit too much on better-than-average knowledge of the Superman origin story to have a full impact, it ...more
This is the kind of Superman story I want to read more often. Hell, this the kind of comic I want to read more often. Rather than focusing on gratuitous action, gore, angst, or fanservice, Superman for All Seasons set out to tell a very quiet, thoughtful, heartfelt story, and it succeeded.

I love that this book made me care, about everyone, even characters I didnt know much about or have much use for. By the end of the first chapter, I cared about Clark, the Kents, Lana Lang, Lois Lane, even Smal
"These are the choices each of us makes not only to do good, but to inspire good in others."

Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale examine Superman from the perspective of wholesome Americana. The idea here is more or less that Martha and Jonathan Kent make Clark Super, because they and his origins in Smallville instill in him the character to be Super, more than the power.

It's a nice spin on the story, and I'm always charmed by Time Sale's storytelling choices and draftsmanship. It's not my favorite, but it's
I love Tim Sale's art, but I don't know if it really worked for me here. The backgrounds were lovely, especially in Smallville, and Lois was a fabulous Lois indeed, but both Superman and Clark looked occasionally ludicrous. It was a delightfully Supermannish story, though, even if the seasonal narratives felt a little forced.
Hey look, a Superman book that made me think Superman was not boring!

It’s a tricky thing to present a new version of well known’s character origin. On the one hand, if you completely re-write the whole thing the audience will scream bloody murder at changing the “facts” (…of a fictional person…) but on the other hand, if you stick to the known and familiar, you risk putting the audience to sleep. Radioactive spiders? Bat caves? Been there, done that. It can get tedious when no matter how surprised the character is – the audience is just nodding along, all, yeah,
Aug 06, 2014 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Superman want-to-know-everything fans
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So, I have always loved Superman and I'm at a point where I want to delve deep into the Superman theology and read all I can. Problem is, it's really hard to figure out where to start. Ya, Wiki will tell you what order stuff has been written, but the beginning comics of Superman are pretty cheesy. I wanted to see if there was somewhere else I could start. I came across a website and it recommended this series as one of the first to read. So here we go.

It's a four-issue story that talks about Cla
Michael Emond
Wow. So THAT was overrated. This had been on my radar for a while because it always seems to be on people's TOP GRAPHIC NOVELS list. Now, what I next have to say might upset people who love this book but remember MY disdain of this flimsily written and crudely drawn book does not stop you from loving it. I just need to vent in a public forum. I shouldn't bottle these things up. Admittedly some of my reaction is coming from the overreaction of people who love the book.
First, I have long thought
I'll go ahead and give it the 5 star nod. As always the writing from Loeb is excellent although I caught him with a repeat(his "You don't have to ask if you can ask" line was directly from Daredevil Yellow, though I think this came first so maybe he stole it for Daredevil). I was a little uncertain by the artwork at first because the way he draws Superman is a bit...strange, but it makes a lot of sense when you see the nature of the story. The way Tim draws Lana is just amazing, I've never seen ...more
John Cook
This isn't the most epic Superman story ever told. The "action" sequences are actually quite tame compared to some of the more contemporary Superman stories. Instead of dazzling the reader with bizarre plots, ridiculous technology, and over-powered villains, Jeff Loeb returns to the roots of the Superman mythos by exploring what makes Clark Kent super.

This is a coming of age story as Clark learns to adapt to his new powers before deciding what to do with them. He leaves the farm, travels to Met
I'm not really a massive fan of Superman, dismissing him as a tedious boy scout of a hero, too powerful and rigidly moral to be interesting to read about. Where's the conflict, the danger?

However, my girlfriend got me watching 'Smallville' recently, which got me interested in seeing where it all came from. This was going cheap in Forbidden Planet, Loeb and Sale did excellent work in 'Long Halloween' with I gave it a try.

I'm really glad I did.

Telling the story of Superman (or a story
This is pretty much the origin story as usual, with more about his teens than some; I really enjoyed the Kents and the Smallville cast. The Lois here is still Clark's rival, not his friend or love interest yet, and Lex is totes evil. It was a neat touch to have each section (season) narrated by a different person--Pa Kent, Lois, Lex, Lana Lang.

Only three stars because I was more in the mood for Superman having adventures, but it's very good at what it does.
A thoughtful quietness pervades this book. There is action but the real action is taking place in the character of Superman as he ponders what manner of man he ought to be. Better than I expected.
Another fine work from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. Focusing less on the villains and more on the hero, this graphic novel gives us the Norman Rockwell portrait of Smallville as Superman has his first crisis of faith (Can I save everyone?) and has to return home for the answer. No major revelations here as we know Superman will come back and save the day but the scenes of DC's most powerful figure falling into his adoptive mother's arms, admitting to Pa Kent he is afraid, and sharing a tender kiss wi ...more
A Superman origins story, this stand alone volume follows Clark Kent as he comes to terms with his powers and attempts to find his place in the world. Framed within the seasonal passing of time, Clark Kent’s journey from small town country boy to burgeoning journalist in Metropolis, stands as a metaphor of a man coming to terms with his social and familial responsibilities. Told using Americana styled art reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, Clark Kent is the symbol of small town Ameircan ideals desp ...more
Iowa City Public Library
I never got excited about Superman because I couldn’t relate to him. I have a friend who felt the same way, until he read Superman For All Seasons. He said I should give it a shot. He was right – this book changes everything for me. Well, no, not everything, but Superman For All Seasons casts the man who masquerades as Clark Kent in a whole new light. Suddenly he is complex and relatable, and perhaps more heroic for it.
This book is made up of a four issue series written by Jeph Loeb and with art
Rachel Lizan
Description: Follow the story and background of Superman through four seasons of the year from the perspective of four different characters.

Genre: Graphic Novel

Intended Audience: 5th - 8th Grade

Curriculum Connection: In my US History class we often talk about Superman when we learn about the US Constitution. We describe the Articles of Confederation as being weak and Superman becomes the symbol of the new constitution. This would be fun to use at the beginning of a lesson. Students can list wha
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No deja de ser curioso que, habiendo admitido recientemente que Superman no es precisamente uno de mis personajes de cómic favorito, sea éste el segundo artículo que escribo acerca del más famoso de los kryptonianos (y en un par de meses, contad con las reseñas del Hombre de Acero de John Byrne, y Es un Pájaro…de Steven T. Seagle y Teddy Kristiansen). Pero dejando a un lado una fobia que he de admitir encuentra
I think I definitely liked this one better than All-Star Superman. It's the origins of the Superman story, which was perfect for me, a Superman newbie. There was a sweetness and wholesomeness to the graphic novel that I really enjoyed. It was uplifting in a lot of ways. I just didn't feel like it was completely a finished plotline, which is why I can't rate it higher. Lex and Superman never really have their showdown, which I would have LOVED to see happen.

Oh well. Highly recommended anyway!
Victor Orozco
Magnificent. A wonderful style of Superman story told separate from the normal continuity, but rehashed for a fine lesson or subject. That lesson? Always hold on to what you came from, to never live in doubt and believe.

The art is super lovely. Exaggerated but reserved with an edge of saccharine realism. The big chins, the pronounced shape of men's heads and body. The slim waists of women and of course the big wonder-filled eyes of children as they look up in the sky.

Smallville. This is truly wh
The art is amazing. Especially Bjarne Hansens colours on Tim Sales art. It gives the book a different feel to the Batman books. It's a more homely feel, which is what the book is aiming for since a lot of it is set in Smallville.

True story, really, is average. But it's not intended to be anything bold. It's Superman through the POV of the four people who are closet to him, set across the four seasons. It's the same as any Loeb/Sale book, average story with great art. It's a decent read.
Johara Almogbel
I think this might be my favorite superman comic so far, just because Lois Lane is properly portrayed. I know I harp on about her, but I can't help it. She's the most annoying superhero love interest in comic book history, and that's with Mary Jane taken into consideration.

Also, the storyline was beautifully... calm, in a way. The one thing I didn't like was superman's face, it looked squashed. Definitely worth a read, overall.
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Joseph "Jeph" Loeb III is an Emmy and WGA nominated American film and television writer, producer and award-winning comic book writer. Loeb was a Co-Executive Producer on the NBC hit show Heroes, and formerly a producer/writer on the TV series Smallville and Lost.

A four-time Eisner Award winner and five-time Wizard Fan Awards winner (see below), Loeb's comic book career includes work on many major
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Post-Crisis Superman Chronology (1 - 10 of 37 books)
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