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All-Star Superman, Vol. 2 (All-Star Superman #2)

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In this follow-up to the hit ALL STAR SUPERMAN VOL. 1, the Man of Steel goes toe-to-toe with Bizarro, his oddball twin, and the new character Zibarro, also from the Bizarro planet. And Superman faces the final revenge of Lex Luthor -- his own death!
Hardcover, 154 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2009)
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Stephen
May 24, 2012 Stephen rated it it was ok
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What the...Huh??...Not sure what I missed along the way, but this story did exactly bupkis for me. One of the most critically acclaimed and popularly embraced graphic novels of the past decade; a landmark portrait of THE iconic superhero…and I couldn’t rustle up a damn to give about it.

Honestly, I’m a little crushed.

Granted, as I’ve mentioned before, Superman is not among my favorite spandexer. I tend to gravitate towards grittier heroes with more snarl to them, and often find the Man of Stee
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Sam Quixote
Oct 26, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
Following the success of All Star Superman Volume 1 comes the next book from the brilliant creative duo of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. In this book Superman saves Earth from a Bizarro invasion only to be sucked into a parallel Bizarro world and have his powers taken away; two astronauts from Krypton wind up on Earth while Superman is in this parallel universe and try to start a new Krypton on Earth; meanwhile a poisoned and dying Superman records his last will and faces his final challenge ...more
Peter Derk
Mar 22, 2016 Peter Derk rated it really liked it
Although Superman has never been a favorite of mine, I think this book is one of my favorite depictions. The different situations he's in force him to be drawn out a little as a character, and he has to make some tough choices, admit where he's gone wrong, and stay steadfast about the things he's done right. There are also a couple very tender moments not to be forgotten.

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After reading Batman, Superman, Animal Man, Authority, JLA...I think Grant Morrison does his best work with the big, blue Boy
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Sesana
The story started in the first volume ends here, and it truly is a complete storyline. There's a lot of seemingly unrelated stuff in here, including a painfully extended bizarro storyline. God, I hate reading bizarros. There's a Silver Age-y feel to it all, which is not exactly to my taste. But it's competently done. The overarching storyline is actually pretty interesting, though it's a shame I can't feel the same about the subplots. The art is still Frank Quitely, and still way too round for m ...more
Tyler Hill
Sep 11, 2011 Tyler Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
I'd read both volumes of All-Star Superman before, but had unfortunately read them roughly a year apart from each other, which undermined their power a little... so I used a lull in my reading to revisit both volumes back-to-back. And, now having done so, I can say with some confidence that these are my favorite Superman stories I've read.

As far as superhero comics go, I've always been a X-Fan, with most of the monthly titles I read being some branch of the X-men franchise. That said, when Supe
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John Yelverton
Sep 30, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fantastic read as Grant Morrison takes the character back to his roots and 50's nostalgia in this follow up book.
Troy
Mar 03, 2009 Troy rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2009
Damn this good. Morrison's imagination is boundless and Quitely's art is gross, ugly, beautiful and perfect. This is a love letter to the optimistic insanity of Superman, and its joy is so infectious that I couldn't resist. This is closer to the 1940s science fiction fantasy than superhero comics, and reflects some of the boundless idealistic science fiction of the 50s, pulpy and hopeful. In the end, what is so surprising about this Superman book is that it's not only a great story about Superma ...more
Mark
Aug 16, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman is one of the few Superman comics I've really enjoyed. I think he gets right what most writers get wrong concerning Superman. Most of the time, in order to make a threat credible, due to Superman's great power, writers make Superman so dumb he can't see the obvious threat in front of him to allow it to almost overtake it him, only to get out of it in a rather unconvincing manner at the end by beating the crap out of it.

Morrison avoids that mistake. Rather than
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Karl Kindt
Mar 24, 2009 Karl Kindt rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
This worn thin quickly, after the first volume. Morrison made a good decision to only do 12 issues, as his premise is worth about that many issues. Very quick fun. It seems deep, I suppose, in that Morrison is bringing in stuff from outside the comic book world and putting them into a Superman comic. None of it feels very new or fresh, and by the end, when Superman is "creating life" just so he can problem solve, it just became awkwardly apparent that these characters really mean nothing, but in ...more
Jonathan Ruh
Jun 09, 2011 Jonathan Ruh rated it it was amazing
The second half of the All Star Superman storyline. As I mentioned in my review for Vol. 1, I don't normally like many Superman stories. Grant Morrison hit all the right marks in this book though. It really sums up the essence of what Superman is really all about. It's not just some guy that wants to save the world with his incredible strength and powers, but someone who draws his strength through his fundamental belief in humanity. Chapter 10 quite possibly has one of the best pages that illust ...more
Mallory
Jul 19, 2011 Mallory rated it it was amazing
So beautiful. I spent a lot of time crying when I read this book. This series pretty much says it all in terms of why people like Superman. He's a bastion of hope for me. Everyone needs some kind of motivation, something to keep them going when things get tough. For me, Superman is that thing. Grant Morrison does a spectacular job of writing about how deeply Kal-El cares about us, and as much as humankind believes in a savior, he believes in our ability to save ourselves. He believes that there' ...more
Anne
Apr 29, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
Volume 2 nicely wraps up All-Star Superman: Volume 1. Morrison does an incredible job reminding us just why Superman is still what everyone automatically thinks of when imagining a superhero. He manages to suck all of the cheesiness out of a character who is primarily known for being a goody-goody, and point out that honesty, integrity, forgiveness, and self-sacrifice are actually pretty cool.
Mike
Mar 13, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
While the first volume seemed a bit kitschy, this one feels full of reverence for the big guy. Each story feels full of life and pathos, prolly not least because we're careening towards the death of Superman (again).

Funniest moment? Emergence of the Green Lantern (not to be missed).

Love letter to Superman indeed. Morrison writes amazing stuff when he really puts his heart into it, and Quitely paints some incredible pictures (with actual depth and variety) when he make the effort.
Sumit Singla
Not a very compelling read, and rather choppy.

I've never been a great fan of Superman, but I don't think that's clouding my judgment on this one. Frank Quitely does a good job of drawing Clark Kent but his Superman is pudgy and the only thing that stands out from his face is his massive jaw - I think I'd probably look more 'Supermanly' in Spandex than Quitely's version.

Lex Luthor looks like a cheap sidekick of a two-bit villain in a B-flick. Nowhere close to the evil genius, and the epitome of v
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Stephen
Feb 23, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing
The only flaws here are in your expectations. What more, exactly, could you have expected from a death-of-Superman story? It's a little disjointed, yes...but that's primarily because it has five decades worth of Superman mythos to encapsulate and wrap up in just a couple hundred pages. If you think Morrison didn't do a spectacular job with this, try to imagine yourself writing something like the final Star Trek story, including a modernist survey of ALL things Star Trek into a single one-hour sh ...more
Alan
Dec 23, 2012 Alan rated it it was amazing
Despite being a huge Grant Morrison fan, I’ve avoided his critically acclaimed ‘All-Star Superman’ for some years now. I’ve owned it since it was first collected, and I don’t really know why I never felt to read it, but I think it might subconsciously have something to do with the fact that I generally don’t do out-of-continuity stories. Considering that DC Comics continuity in particular is so fluid and senseless, and the fact that (as Alan Moore so humbly put it in his own Superman classic) th ...more
David
May 01, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
As I said with my review of part 1, I am a newbie to the world of graphic novels. I read very few true comics growing up, aside from humor strips like The Far Side, Garfield, Peanuts, etc. I had an affinity for Superman having grown up in awe of the Christopher Reeve films, even the 3rd and 4th ones before I was too artistically astute to know any better. Prior to this, I'd never actually read anything about Superman, but having taken a recent interest in graphic novels and having seen this two- ...more
Jace
May 15, 2011 Jace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I really tried to give this book a chance. I didn't love the first one, but the set-up of Superman's slow death was interesting enough for me to finish the series. I now wish I would have stopped with the first book and preserved some of the goodwill that was still lingering. This book starts off with a Bizarro attack on Earth that comes out of nowhere and is horribly written. I'm not a fan of Morrison, but I found these issues to be horribly disappointing. He never really explains what is going ...more
Adam
Apr 15, 2016 Adam rated it it was amazing
This was awesome. I never thought I would love Superman so much. He was always just too perfect. I liked this so much, I want to read through the whole thing again just to experience the joy. That's rare for me with comics.
Rick
Mar 01, 2009 Rick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Volume 1 of Morrison's and Quitely's brilliant work ranked among my top ten graphic novels of 2008, and this volume may earn the same distinction this year. Morrison concludes his imaginative, early 21st century updating of the goofy circa 1950s Superman science fiction tales as the dying hero journeys to the Bizarro Universe and discovers other Kryptonians bent on conquest. After seventy years of Man of Steel stories, Morrison and Quitely have created quite possibly the finest Superman tale of ...more
Jamie Wiggins
Jan 05, 2016 Jamie Wiggins rated it liked it
I chose to review this volume separately from the first because my opinion on this final collection varies slightly from the previous issues. Again, it is the introduction within this trade paperback that frames my perspective on the following work. Mark Waid, author of many comics including a personal favorite Kingdom Come, sets the stage for the conclusion to the series by reflecting on what makes Superman such a defining hero, some would argue the greatest superhero. Waid states that Superman ...more
Paula Asthenia
Dec 28, 2015 Paula Asthenia rated it it was amazing
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Adam
Apr 19, 2015 Adam rated it it was amazing
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Justin
Apr 08, 2016 Justin rated it it was amazing
I am very glad I finally got around to reading All-Star Superman. Much like the man of steel himself this is a powerful story. The thing about Superman is a lot of writers really struggle to make a good story centered around him. He's so overpowered it's difficult to pull off because we all know he could easily crush pretty much any foe he faces with little effort. That doesn't make for a very interesting story.

Grant Morrison masterfully creates what is easily one of the greatest Superman storie
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Tom
May 21, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This volume really captures the essence of what one would hope from a Superman, just a superlative being with remarkable decency and nobility, on top of all the laser vision and herculean strength. It makes for a surprisingly interesting character too. Most of the comics I read have flawed protagonists or antiheroes, which are fun in their own way, but having such a straight superhero is a nice change from that. The Superman of Morrison is the paragon of what humanity could be, and it is a beaut ...more
James Lemuel
Dec 07, 2014 James Lemuel rated it it was amazing
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J.M.
Apr 13, 2011 J.M. rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, superheroes
Frank Quitely's art is the only thing that elevates this fragmented, weird, randomosity of a book to two stars (technically, I give it 1.5). I've read very little Morrison that I can stand, in fact. Some people think he's brill. I am not among them. Plus, I hated the ending.

Blecch.

1.5 stars (out of five).
Kurt
Aug 03, 2010 Kurt rated it really liked it
Granted, I don't know much about Superman's story (beyond what we all know, of course), but I've got to think that what Morrison and Quitely are doing in All-Star has to be one of, if not the, best treatment of all time (not counting nostalgia votes for the back-in-the-day stories).
Robert
Jul 11, 2009 Robert rated it liked it
Good but disjointed stories. The worst part was enduring Bizarro-speak for pages and pages. The older I get the more painful and annoying reading things that are poorly written becomes (even when, as in this case, it is intentional).
Pturingan
Feb 01, 2010 Pturingan rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhero
Again, just a terrific volume and a great way to end the series. Also, I just want to say that I finally get Frank Quitely's art now. I wasn't that fond of it (from what little I saw in X-Men) but now, I get it. And I like it.
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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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“You have given them an ideal to aspire to, embodied their highest aspirations.

They will race, and stumble, and fall and crawl....and curse....and finally....

They will join you in the sun, Kal-El.

They will stumble, they will fall.

But in time, they will join you in the sun.

In time you will help them accomplish wonders.”
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