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Absolute All-Star Superman (All Star DC Comics)

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Now back in print! The Eisner Award-winning 12-issue series fromGrant Morrison and Frank Quitely is available in Absolute format! The Man of Steel battles Bizarro, Zibarro and more before facing the final revenge of Lex Luthor. Plus: a bonus sketchbook section and more!
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published October 26th 2011 by DC Comics (first published January 2006)
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Nicolo Yu
Grant Morrison returns Superman to his Silver Age sci-fi roots as he pens this timeless superhero story.

After saving humanity’s first attempt to land a mission on the sun which was sabotaged by his long-time nemesis Lex Luthor, Superman has become more powerful than ever due to his overexposure to yellow light at the heart of the sun. His powers have been amplified and has also gained new ones but at the cost of imminent death. He sets out on his own Herculean labors to cement his legacy before...more
The other day I started reading "Superman All Star" and was like, I didn't think I had read this before, why is it so familiar? DUH! Not long ago I watched the animated movie based on the series! On a side note, it was really well done and followed the story pretty well. There were a couple of “Episodes” it left out, but was a great rendition.

I should say that I have always enjoyed Superman, but have really only known him from the movies. Only recently, have I begun reading the graphic novels. F...more
By taking the characters and the worlds they inhabited at face value, Grant Morrison, in his own words, “hoped to show how the superheroes pointed to something great in us all” (Supergods 292). His work on All Star Superman stands as the quintessential story of the Man of Steel. All Star is another “final” story, one that presents Superman faced with the promise of his own mortality. In facing this challenge, however, Morrison has Superman perform his greatest feats. All Star stands outside of...more
NO ME GUSTA SUPERMAN. Y tu como lector te estás preguntando "Entonces ¿Por qué diablos esta reseña tiene cinco estrellas?"

Cuando oí del proyecto entre Grant Morrison y Frank Quitely, no sabia como era posible que el talento detrás de Los Invisibles, We3 y para mi el entonces desconocido, Flex Mentallo fuese a usar al superhéroe más barato de todos los tiempos para contar una historia, pero después de leer All Star Superman, ahora pienso que más bien son los demás escritores que se han vuelto flo...more
Orren Merton
First things out of the way: the series name, "All-Star," is terrible. Sure, Grant Morrison is a major name, and this was an opportunity for him to write a "definitive" run of Superman stories outside the yoke of continuity...but that doesn't make the name any less cheesy. Thankfully, the material itself is anything but. Morrison took the All-Star title literally, with our star (the Sun, the source of Superman's power) being particularly central to this story. And indeed, Morrison, in both the s...more
William Thomas
Grant Morrison takes Superman and puts him through a Tim Powers-James Blaylock-Neal Stephenson wringer to come out the other side an absolute bad-ass.

I'll admit that I hate Superman. Namby-pamby boy scout that has all the power in the world just by being here on Earth. Never had to sweat or work for his power, like a prince inheriting a kingdom. I always root for Braniac and Lex Luthor.

In this book, Superman becomes... likable. Enjoyable. The story is ultra-futuristic and full of neo-science b...more
Oliver Bateman
He hinted at his future direction during the end of his Animal Man run. He offered up his manifesto on doing superhero comics in Flex Mentallo. And now, with ASS (!!!), G Morrison has turned theory into practice. The book is essentially A Moore's Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow 2.0, but it's far more leisurely paced and joyful. This is the perfect fusion of Quitely's art (which worked here and in Mentallo but not with Millar on The Authority) and Morrison's feel-good weirdness. Superman...more
Paulo F. Oliveira
My wife gave me this for Christmas. I've just recently gotten back to reading comic books (I was an avid reader in my teenage years and then came university and I switched to "more serious" books, as I was - wrongly - convinced at the time that comics were a lesser art) and I didn't know how much in for a treat I was. I finished it today.

This is not an ordinary story with or about Superman. One of the most important premises was that the story could be told with complete disregard for continuity...more
I'm going to start with a confession. I didn't use to like Superman much. I thought he was a goody two-shoes, a bit wet, and just not as interesting as Batman, or as cool as Wonder Woman, the other two big superheroes of the DC Universe. My husband always told me I was wrong, and while I like the 1978 film with Christopher Reeve, I was just never convinced that he was worth my while. Grant Morrison changed my mind about that. In his twelve issue mini-series, which did rather better than Frank Mi...more
Paul Casteel
*****May Contain Some Spoilers*****

All-Star Superman delivers on what DC Comics claimed...to "strip down the Man of Steel to his timeless, essential elements". The book is a collection of a 12 issue run that appeared between November 2005 and October 2008. The story itself falls outside any actual continuity, much like Superman: Red Son and as such allows for a great deal of flexibility in its narrative.

Grant Morrison’s writing gives the story an overall sense of innocence and purity which in my...more
Rory Wilding
Growing up, my love of superheroes came from watching cartoons from the 90s. Whilst I love Batman (who will always be my favourite) and the Marvel heroes like Spider-Man and X-Men, I never had a keen interest towards Superman. Part of it may have to do with his look (notably the outside red undies), and perhaps his abilities in which he is almost indestructible and isn't really the bad-ass that Batman is. In the mid-noughties, Superman was coming to my radar after watching the first two Christop...more
When taken collectively, this is the second best Superman story I've ever read, only bested by Alan Moore's classic "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" which attempted to bring an "end" to the pre-Crisis Superman stories. Morrison here follows a similar plan, leaving his Superman free of the convolutions of DC Comics' continuity. This allows him to celebrate many of the cherished aspects of the Superman legend while telling boldly inventive stories and introducing new concepts (the villa...more
Grant Morrison delivered the perfect Superman story. Simple as that. He brilliantly captured the essence of the Man of Steel and his lifelong struggles and gave the character a new facet and (twelve) new challenges. By the same token, Grant Morrison explored the Superman mythos with a lot of ingenuity, originality and melancholy. Frank Quitely did a fantastic job as well; he draws a damn fine Lois Lane (Ohhhh man).

Cominciamo col dire che non amo Superman, troppo forte, troppo patriottico, troppo ganzo.

Questa sontuosa edizione è la dimostrazione, se ancora ce ne fosse bisogno, che qualsiasi personaggio, messo in mano ad un autore con i contopifferi riesce ad entusiasmare anche il suo più strenuo detrattore

All Star Superman è sicuramente uno dei cicli di storie definitivi sull'Uomo d'acciaio,
vi piacerà anche se non conoscete per nulla l'unico eroe che togliendosi gli occhiali diventa irriconoscibile a tutti

Deepak Mehta
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Christopher Rush
This was a fine story, but I'm not sure why it received all the acclaim and accolades it did (especially an Eisner for continuing series, knowing it was only going to last 12 issues) - maybe there wasn't much competition at the time. It's a fine touch that Morrison adds semi-classical narrative devices to the overall story, with Superman's little Bizarro catabasis and all, but it wasn't really a mind-blowing experience. This is no Odyssey. Superman gets through most of his challenges by lucky co...more
As a contemporary comic book fan, I love the lore and character of Superman, but I must admit that I generally find it difficult to be interested in Superman comics. Yeah, I know…he’s Superman! He’s the Man of Steel! He’s the square-jawed cover model for truth, justice, and the American way. Well, that’s actually kind of the problem – he is just too strong! In today’s market, Superman’s appeal seems to be mostly limited to cultural nostalgia. He has always just been the same flying, invulnerable...more
Federiken Masters
Sep 14, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: El universo.
Recommended to Federiken by: La Internez.
Edición completa pero repleta de fallas de un cómic casi perfecto. Hace poco salió la segunda edición, que supongo que corregirá las atrocidades cometidas en esta. Pero como esta reseña hace referencia a la primera edición, pierde una estrellita sólo por la acumulación de errores de diseño, rotulación y maquetación. De todos modos, cuando relea la obra escribiré una reseña que le haga más justicia.
Aug 06, 2014 Samantha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Superman fans
Recommended to Samantha by: http://ifanboy.com/articles/superman-where-do-i-start/
This series has been reviewed by many as one of the best Superman series' out there and I would agree (even though I've only read two). It's a 12-issue story basically about the end of Superman (I'm not spoiling anything-you find out in the first issue). It highlights all the big players and highlights all the important things that have happened during Superman's time on Earth. The illustration is done beautifully. I mean, you can tell from the first page that a lot of time was put into this. Th...more
Ive never been a big Superman fan but read this because a friend told me that it was for Superman what Frank Miller's Dark Knight was for Batman. Not even close. The art and layout were pretty cool but the story was too full of the sillier aspects of the Superman story that Ive just never warmed up to.
"You have shown them the face of the Man of Tomorrow. 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" That's what Superman is, plain and simple.
6/5 stars.
Sierra Dean
Didn't like this very much. Relied too heavily on "oh, we just so happened to have this exact solution to the problem at hand." And that bugs me. Art was amazing, but aside from that, not much here to satisfy me.
Evan Smith
A superb story. Over the years Superman has proven a difficult character to tackle. Characters like Batman and Green Lantern are able to at least occasionally show a dark side, but Superman has largely remained godlike in his mannerisms. True morally good characters are always difficult to find believable or relatable, which is why it makes absolute sense why Morrison never tries. He isn't believable. Superman is an ideal, an Ersatz god. He is representative of the good in us, and he wants to gi...more
Jack Gattanella
impressive. most impressive.

Morrison's love for Superman (and Clark Kent for what he's worth) and just superhero mythology and the idea explored of a hero as powerful as (or comparable to) the sun, is entertaining and at times weird - for this writer mostly weird with some of the wonderfully complicated scientific logic where you can imagine this or that happening, not to mention the issue with Zibarro, the uh opposite if bizarro and the world if the bizarro - and the touching (Lois Lane is hand...more
Rafał Urban
I can not say I have read lots of Superman comic books, but I thought I might start with the one that has descriptions like 'defining' and 'the best in history'. I was wrong. There is awful lot of wacky, weird stuff that I have not yet associated with the Man of Steel. I can't really say what the problem was, but I just could not connect with ... actually any character in the story. Even the famous scene with suicidal teenager, that was supposed to be extremely powerful and endearing fell flat....more
Not bad for a superhero comic. I dearly love the comics medium, but at this stage in my life I find the super power fantasy genre to be generally tiresome.
This book has the benefit of being free of the baroque continuity that is the millstone around the neck of most DC or Marvel books, it is beautifully drawn by Frank Quitely and it has one or two sweet, strange signature Grant Morrison moments.
But it still wasn't that much fun for me. Maybe this will actually be the last time I give one of the...more
Mambabasang Miong
All-Star Superman shows the Man of Steel at his greatest. This is not Supes punching his way through victory. This graphic novel is a celebration of him being Superman. Grant Morrison crafts a story which is timeless and boundless.

What separates All-Star Superman from any other Superman story is that it reaches to your heart and will actually make you feel his emotions. His strength and intelligence may be Kryptonian, but he is all-human. There he is doing all those amazing feats not just with b...more
Steven Zanine
Something strange happened as I was reading Grant Morrison's elegant take on the Man of Steel. Upon reaching the 12th and final chapter I found myself putting the book aside for a few days mostly because I didn't want it to end. But it was deeper than that.

The start of the graphic novel (originally published as 12 individual issues) introduces the notion that Superman, having been tricked into a rescue mission deep within the Sun, is doomed. His extreme exposure to the Sun has heightened his po...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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