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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, 160 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2009)
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Stephen
all-star-sweatingv2a

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...more
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
Sam Quixote
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
John Yelverton
An absolutely fantastic read as Grant Morrison takes the character back to his roots and 50's nostalgia in this follow up book.
Troy
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
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...more
Tyler Hill
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...more
Jonathan Ruh
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
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
Mike
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.
Alan
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
Karl Kindt
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
Rick
Mar 01, 2009 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Anne
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.
J.M.
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
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
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
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.
Stephen
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
Jeff
All Star Superman builds on the rich tradition of Superman through the Silver and Modern Age to create a complex ultimate Superman story. As Superman slowly dies from a lethal Lex Luthor Death Trap, he attempts to finish a set of final feats to set his affairs in order.

Grant Morrison draws from numerous Superman stories and creates perhaps one of the most unified continuities of Clark Kent''s life in recent years. This slavish attention to detail is sure to appeal to long-time readers and will...more
Phillip Goodman
a really fantastic story (not book, though it is a book, by saying story i hope to include the first volume as well as the second, i only wish i had read them back to back) brings superman into the realms of both hard (or near hard, maybe pretty hard) sci fi, and tragic comedy, it leaves you with a hunger for more and a feeling that you have been reading the story not simply of superman but of a whole world, multiple worlds even, and perhaps a generation, fully developed and brimming with possib...more
Christine
Sep 22, 2009 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Superman fans, comics fans
This was just as amazing as the first volume of All Star Superman. It's just as jam-packed with quirky, imaginative scenarios, and its scenes range from being whimsical to achingly poignant. I read most of this on a bus and had to stop several times because I kept tearing up. In a weird way, this reminded me of The Little Prince—it's idealistic, it frequently borders on being surreal, and the way the storyline eventually wraps up has the same transcendent quality that The Little Prince's ending...more
Rod Hilton
(Note, this review refers to the entire run of 12 All-Star Superman issues, but Volume 2 is only issues 7-12)

This book is... weird.

All-Star Superman is something of a "reboot" intended to be self-contained, but pulling from the great history of Superman mythos. The book contains re-imagined and repurposed versions of Superman, Lois, and Luthor, as well as new versions of Bizarro, Doomsday, and, most interestingly, a completely rethought Mr. Mkzyplk (no I'm not going to bother looking up the spel...more
Eric
I loved this series and though Morrison did an amazing job at creating an out-of-continuity Superman tale that was both new and recognizable. There was just something very personal about his take on the character and you were able to feel both excited and nostalgic over this story.
However, I will admit that the second half of his run is less impressive than is stellar beginning. One of the problems is that we spend two whole issues in bizarro world and, despite it being Morrison, this plot segme...more
Matthew Kresal
He has been called the man of steel and the man of tomorrow. He, of course, is Superman. Now though, thanks to the machinations of arch-nemesis Lex Luthor, Superman's cells have suffered a fatal overdose of solar radiation and he is dying. This volume, the second and final volume that collects the twelve issues of the All Star Superman series, takes Superman through his final days. Perhaps more importantly though, it lives up to its title along the way thanks to the combined talents of its creat...more
Craig Williams
You know? I just may come around to Grant Morrison after all. Sure, his run in Batman was shite, but damned if these All-Star Superman books don't more than make up for it! As I may have previously stated in other reviews, I'm not much of a Superman fan - I've never liked how effin' godlike most writers make Superman. My favorite superheros tend to be the guys who are able to persevere despite having fairly obvious weaknesses (such as Batman's main weakness, which is that, despite his intellect...more
anthony e.
Yep. Pretty amazing. Morrison and Quitely, as a team, accomplish the seemingly unfathomable: they have made Superman both more powerful, more straight-laced, and more interesting. There is something really incredible at work in these comics, a sincere addressing of the core concerns of the character himself, that, combined with a ingenius use of artwork and pacing that seems to set itself both before and fater the relevant action, that allows Superman to be powerful OFF-PANEL, somewhere else, in...more
Sarah
I reread All-Star Superman Volume 1 in preparation for this conclusion of the series, and in doing so, finally saw the entire charm and full scope of emotionality that the limited run encompasses. I had enjoyed the quietest moments of the first volume, the subtle references to the inevitable fading of the life cycle, with a single life's connection to the entire universe and across time. But in the second series, these shadings come front and center, with urgency, as Superman's powers fade and h...more
David
May 01, 2013 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Brian
All-Star Superman, Vol. 2 picks up exactly where Vol. 1 left off. Superman is still suffering the effects of Lex's sun tampering back in the first chapter and he still has several trials to go. Once again, it's impressive how this story actually does make you feel tension for Superman even though he's still, you know, Superman. Plus, it's nice that for the most part, it doesn't feel contrived.

Being stuck on Bizarro World legitimately drains his powers as he doesn't have access to the sun. Later...more
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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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