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All Star Superman (All-Star Superman #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  24,196 ratings  ·  459 reviews
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The last son of the doomed planet Krypton rocketed to Earth. A sci-fi savior raised in America's heartland; embracing and embraced by what's best in humanity. Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind misguided by his own personal shortcomings. Lois Lane, the dynamic investigative reporter who reminds you that there are enigmas in life that baffle even Sup
Published 2011 by Panini comics (first published April 11th 2007)
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Okay, other than Frank Quitely giving Supes the physique of a championship bowler, this book wasn’t bad. It certainly was NOT the loathsome, Batman persona-raping shit bomb that All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder, Volume 1 was (I still haven’t forgiven you for that Frank Miller). I think that Grant Morrison did a good job capturing the essential, archetypal “goodness” of Superman in this homage/tribute/restoration of the icon of icons.

Still, this was a swing and a miss for me...though
Despite the fact that I read a lot of comics -- and I do read a lot of comics -- I don't read a lot of superhero comics. Which isn't true at all, because I read a lot of superhero comics; it's just that almost all the superhero comics I read are Batman. I am absolutely obsessed with Batman in a way I've learned to live with, and I don't feel the need for non-comics fans or non-superhero fans to 'get it,' because so many other people obviously already do.

But. If, say, you were getting into comics
Dear Grant Morrison,

It's not you, it's me. I should have known better. I've never been a big fan of Superman. We both know that I'm much more of a Batman sort of girl. I can't think of a single Superman book that I've loved. I probably should have left well enough alone. But I was curious, and anything had to be better than Frank Miller's All-Star Batman. That much was true. At least you seem to understand Superman's character, in a way that Miller no longer understands Batman's and has never un
Morrison is a great comic book writer, but he has a few obvious flaws that can make his work difficult to digest, and have always kept him from reaching the same heights as Alan Moore.

All-Star Superman, while using the same deconstructed narrative and mind-blowingly bizarre gift of invention that are his trademarks, manages to overcome those limitations and essentially create the platonic ideal of what a Superman story should be.

In twelve issues this series manages to truly show how an epic stor
Seth Hahne
Jun 17, 2009 Seth Hahne rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: comics
[This review is for volumes 1 and 2 together.:]

This was so popular a read on the comics sites I occasion and it's been so roundly lauded on sites that aren't even about comics that I figured that at the least this was some sure-fire entertainment. And I'm sure that for some, it was. I, unfortunately, am not a member of that illustrious Some.

Honestly (I know... if you have to state something honestly it implies dishonesty—or at least a marked predisposition toward dishonesty—in everything else yo
Jan 17, 2012 Rhiannon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who think they don't care about Superman
Look! Superman playing super-fetch with his super-dog! Aw!

Hey, guys. Guess what I read yesterday? Superman. Isn't that weird?

Well, it was "Buy 1 Graphic Novel, Get 1 For $1" Day @ my work. And I had stocked up on the latest volumes of the three series that I am currently in the middle of (Fables, The Walking Dead, Chew). I just needed one more! And the stock was looking slim (yay! sales; boo! none for me). When this guy that I work with, Tyler, hands me Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman. Since
John Yelverton
An absolutely fantastic read as Grant Morrison takes the character back to his roots and 50's nostalgia.
Bane of Kings
Am not quite sure where I fall on this. Some of it displays signs of brilliance bit there a there are a few meh moments which I'll touch on in a TFF review. Some characters had great art for them (Lois, Clark and a couple of others) but I didn't like the artwork for the front cover nor the weird purple alien (not a big Superman fan so not too sure on this character, the other not-quite Superman Supermen, Luthor and Jimmy Olsen. But the story was strong and I may stick around for Vol.2.
4.5 stars
This is what I would recommend to someone who is not a fan of Superman. Morrison manages to take all of the things that make Superman such an iconic character, and turn it into a great story.
Wendy Browne
Poor Superman is always going to start off on the wrong foot with me, and having him written by Grant Morrison doesn't make things much better. Fortunately, I've read Morrison's We3, where he lets Quitely's art do what it's supposed to do: tell the story--so I expected to see as much here. Secondly, Morrison's approach to this series pleased me, as he stated in the planning stages, that he did not want to rehash Superman's origin story, yet again. The point of All-Star Superman is to give us the ...more
Timothy Stone
I have never before written a review for a comic book. This is a new experience, to say the least. If the review is not written as well as my normal reviews, I hope the reader will grant me pardon.

*All-Star Superman* is a concept whose genesis is in the effort by DC Comics to have something of their own to compare to the “new take” on the comics that Marvel created with their *Ultimate* series of titles. The difference is that these *All-Star* titles are designed to be short mini-series events,
I keep wanting to like Superman, to find those epic stories that boil him down to the essentials and show why people love him so much. All-Star Superman was one recommended to me, and I came away with nothing but meh.

Most of this feels so over the top and hokey (Black kryptonite? Jimmy Olsen what are you doing? Atlas and Sampson's pissing match over Lois, let me puke), which only buries the nicer moments.

Also, I have never, ever liked Quitely's art. Too many potato faces and giant bodybuilder n
Jay T.
This is one of the better comics I have read in quite some time. Morrison can get pretty heady sometimes but this is really a love story to the Silver Age Superman. Sort of like Moore's "Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow" it takes all the crazy silver age stuff (the key to the fortress, Jimmy Olsen's signal watch and crazy identities, etc, etc, etc) and turns it on it's head and makes it work. Quitely's artwork while hard to call pretty is extremely effective. His Clark Kent is AMAZING an ...more
This is so good. SO GOOD.

When Morrison and Quitely are together, they really are masterful storytellers. Morrison is a wordsmith in his dialogue and plots out each issue so they're perfectly paced. Each having their own moments of quiet and action. Quitely is one of those artists whose work you have to spend that little extra time looking at to fully appreciate it. Morrison doesn't restrain him. He lets him do his best work.

Side Note:If the Man of Steel film left you with a bad taste in your mo
Johara Almogbel
Decent, fast-paced comic with a great setting, and possibly my favorite rendition of Clark Kent so far. I loved the ending, too. The only thing I couldn't stand was the absolute ego-trip Lois Lane is given in the first half. I cannot abide that woman. Her existence in this abundance practically knocked off a whole star from the rating. What is it with superheroes and bad taste in women, huh?
This is an unforgettable work of art condensing the many milestones throughout Superman's long career into a single, alternate universe story line in which Superman is dying. Lex Luthor has grokked how to kill the Man of Steel, and put into motion a plan that would eventually overload Supe's cells.

Morrison writes with sensitivity and grace, and coupled with the pencils of Quitely and the colors of Grant, is a piece nothing short of transcendental. How can an alien to our planet be more human tha
Sep 14, 2009 furious rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, Superman fans,
it was Grant Morrison who first (to my knowledge) called Superman "the sci-fi Jesus," & i can't think of a more appropriate, succinct encapsulation of the character. he is humanity's savior, delivered from on high, in a rocketship from outer space. his father sent him to us because of our potential, which he was meant to show us, by reflecting the best we have to offer, clothed in the heavenly vestments of his otherworldly father. his earthly upbringing gave limitless power incarnate an inna ...more
Marc Weidenbaum
Even getting past the fact that I would read Frank Quitely drawing the phone book, this is some of Grant Morrison's best work. I think he is often at his best with work-for-hire, because the conceit, the structure of work he does not own, focuses his imagination. I think I have mentioned this elsewhere, but I wonder if part of what makes his Superman so good is that he realized that in order to bring the all powerful superhero into some semblance of believable scope, he also had to limit himself ...more
The John
"Definitive" is a word that is overused and undervalued in the current world of reviews, but there is no other way to describe this masterful tale about the world's most recognizable Superhero other than THE definitive Superman story. Whether you are a Super Fan or, like me, just casually interested in the big, blue boyscout, Grant Morrison once again does what he seemingly alone is able to do. He takes the most iconic figure in comic book history (and possibly all of popular culture) and makes ...more
George Kingsley
This collected Superman story seems to have attracted some quite negative and mixed reviews, I can understand why; firstly the main man himself, Grant Morrison. I think Morrison is a very talented writer, he really understands the characters he writes for as well as his readers, he delivers exciting and epic storylines that often result in a climatic end.

Superman seems to get a hard time himself in recent years, I attribute this to a few things: the release of The Avengers movie, the rise of po
This is the second superman graphic novel I've read. I really enjoyed it, and unfortunately my library only has the 1st volume. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW? The only odd thing about it is the artist doesn't seem to like drawing lips. This novel really introduces you to just how insanely powerful, smart, and overall bad-ass superman is. It also makes you think about how life might change with a superman on earth, and this gives Lex Luthor an incredible amount of pain and frustration. How would w ...more
All Star Superman Vol 1 and 2 written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Frank Quietly.

Over the years I've been deluged with all sorts of comic media telling me how great a writer Grant Morrison is. So, I've gone out and read a lot his works - and by a lot, I mean I've read a lot - the end result of this reading comes to the conclusion that he is one of the most overrated writers writing comics today. This comic is proof of that. The pacing is too quick for the plot, characters are introduced
Dec 15, 2007 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a little joy in their lives.
Shelves: magical, comics
Do you think Superman is too good? Too powerful? Too hard to empathize with? Just too goofy in general? Well, then you need to give this one a look. All the perceived weaknesses of Superman's character are made into something so strong, so iconic, that I have a hard time believing that anyone could hate this book. The writing and art are both nothing short of incredible, with an opening page that serves as an amusingly fast-paced reminder of the origin that even most non-comic book fans know by ...more
Normally, I am not a big Superman fan. I appreciate that he is the embodiment of the superhero fantasy, and I enjoyed most the old Christopher Reeve films well enough (I even enjoyed Superman Returns more than most). I just never thought that a Superman story could ever be truly deep or even particularly interesting.

Boy, was I wrong.

With All-Star Superman, Grant Morrison has crafted a story to show all of the Superman doubters that his stories aren't just about punching the bad guys really hard,
Matt Mongiello
Uneven. Perhaps the best example of how serial comics (even short runs) typically fail to produce a coherent and sustained (graphic) novel. Much more could have been done with the idea of superman struggling with his own mortality. I did appreciate the superman/Kent contrast, which effectively uses posture and mannerisms to actually make the secret identity plausible.

Morrison is not the worst offender, but I dislike this inversion in identity where Superman sees himself as Superman instead of C
Ottery StCatchpole
The definitive Superman.

If you could bottle up all the different bits that make something what it truly is, but from the eyes of all the people who knew him then you'd get something like this book.

The best Superman story ever told. Mining a lifetimes worth of stories about the Man of Steel, Grant Morrison managed to do what most comic book writers today don't even try for which is to capture the true essence of a character and present it in a whole new story in a modern way that doesn't speak do
A strange, mythic take on the Man of Steel. Morrison starts with the premise that Superman is, in effect, god: all-powerful, all-knowing, and essentially perfect. He uses that premise as a springboard to launch Supes into some of the most bizarre situations he's found himself in for a long time. There's a definite sense of homage to the weird old '60s stories, hilarious examples of which you can find here. That Morrison -- who is often accused to writing conceptually impressive by emotionally ba ...more
Lady Entropy
That's it. I have surrendered to the impossibility of liking Superman. This book came heavily recommended, but while I have some fondness for him, Superman just leaves me cold. I hate Lois Lane (bitch that she is, letting other men fight for her) and the "Oh no, I'm dying" storyline just leaves me indifferent because I know he'll survive. There is absolutely no anxiety, no expectancy.

And Lex Luthor is nothing but a 2D villain, obsessed with his nemesis. See, I like that in the Joker. It makes s
Issue 1: Doesn't seem to be anything special yet. A little complicated for me.

Issue 2: I must not really know much about Superman because I just don't believe that.

Issue 3: Kinda cool, but I don't know enough about the characters to follow so vehemently.

Issue 4: What the heck? :/

Issue 5: Sad to say I'm kind of bored.

Issue 6: More interesting than the previous five. I almost felt like crying at the end. It was beautiful. But it wasn't enough to make me want to read the rest.

Overall: I think I can
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more
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