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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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Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)

Sooooo...weird. I always thought that I had read this. I mean - its Frank Quietly, an artist I absolutely adore. Not to mention that it's written by Morrison.

And then I figured out that I hadn't ever actually read it. For whatever reason, I always confused it with Superman: Secret Identity

Yeah, I dunno how that happened.

So anyways, upon this realization, you can bet your milk & cookies that I ran out and got me a copy of this right fucking quick!!

And you know what? Meh. Kinda disappointed.

Do
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Mike
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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
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Tim
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
Amanda
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
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29alabs
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
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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
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Aildiin
With this book the Absolute collection definition deserves its name as this is without a doubt the Absolute Superman story.
I haven't read many Superman stories but I really enjoyed the work Morrison and Quitely did on this.
Frank Quitely art is especially stunning in this edition and really benefits from the oversize pages and high quality paper.
If you ever buy one Absolute, this is the one you have to pick.
Geekritique
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In light of my forthcoming marriage, some friends threw me a bachelor party a few weeks back. They took note of my love of pop culture, comics, and - more specifically - Superman. I love Superman. Always have. His filmic presence of late leaves much to be desired, but the character the idea of Superman, his ideals, mythology, psyche. It's always been something I've been endlessly fascinated by. And so they made a nifty gift bag, stuffed full of Sup
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Solitairerose
Superman is a hard character to write. Let's face it, he can pretty much do anything and as one person said years ago "The whole story is him trying to figure out who to hit."

Grant Morrison, on the other hand, returns that sense fo wonder and the expansiveness of Superman in this story. He takes us through many of the old silver age type of stories, but makes them seem fresh, alive and new by updating them. It goes back to that feeling that Superman is AMAZING, and the world he lives in is fille
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Malapata
Nunca me ha llamado la atención Superman. En serio, ¿qué gracia puede tener alguien que no sólo es prácticamente invencible, sino también absolutamente íntegro? Sin embargo, después de leer que este era un cómic que gustaría "no sólo a los que no les gusta Superman, sino incluso a los no aficionados a los cómics" (y tras verlo bastante rebajado, todo sea dicho), me decidí a darle una oportunidad.

Y que queréis que os diga, me lo podía haber ahorrado. Me ha resultado bastante pretencioso, todo el
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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
Drew
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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
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Rachel
This is possibly the only Superman comic you'll ever need to read. Miller goes to great lengths to not only create a scientifically plausible Superman, but one that feels more human, and less like a perfect, invincible being. Superman derives his power from the sun, and it is this which can bring him down, so with his death looming over him, he gains a vulnerability of character that he has never had before. In the time he has left, he seeks to do those things he can, this namely involves Lois a ...more
Malin
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
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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
Chazzbot
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
Hakim
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).
Joe

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

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Suzanne Berget
Say what you will about Superman, he's not my favourite superhero by a longshot, but by the gods his standalones are some of the best out there.
Chris Martin
All-Star Superman; an epitomal tale.
Hope, Sacrifice, Selflessness, the good in all of us; If you love what Superman stands for, what he represents, then this is the book you MUST EXPERIENCE.
Growing up, I was always in love with graphic novels. I would visit the bookstore as often as my parents would let me, scouring the shelves for collections of golden-age, silver-age superman, batman, Wonder woman, Justice league, Justice society, and Teen titans. These, along with Astrix, bone, and Tintin en
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Paolo Aceves
Lex Luthor finally did it; he finally found a way to defeat Superman and in doing so sets up a series of events where for the first time the Man of Steel has to face his own mortality. By rescuing a crew on a solar exploration sabotaged by Luthor, our hero absorbs too much radiation from the sun causing his body to start dying little by little.
Having his days counted, he comes clean to Lois about his secret identity (view spoiler)
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Josh
Jan 30, 2015 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: tpbs
Revisited this tonight as I'm in a comic book mood. (I don't actually have the trade, only the original issues, but this is easier to list this way on here)

It's a truly outstanding Superman story, filled with wonder and sadness. Morrison digs into a lot of what makes Superman the best of all heroes in 12 vignettes threaded together into one story. It's great stuff, creative and fun while keeping the core of Superman intact. So many people when telling Superman stories try to make him more human,
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Christian
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John Pistelli
I've gone back and forth most of my life (I believe I was eight when I read Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth ) when it comes to Grant Morrison, thinking him alternately genius or trickster. Probably a genius-level trickster! But I have decided that the best way, for me anyway, to appreciate his stories, which I don't always understand at the plot level in great detail, is to savor the poetic asides. Morrison favors a "compressed" mode of storytelling, a jump-cut-like rhy ...more
Damián Vives
Superman es uno de los personajes más difíciles a la hora de escribir un buen guión, no solo por la invulnerabilidad que lo hace inherentemente aburrido, sino por las siete décadas historia que lo preceden; es difícil que alguna historia no se haya contado ya en tiempo y forma; no obstante continúa siendo el ícono más acabado de la mitología moderna del imperio americano y el más fiel exponente del "american way of life". Esta problemática es conocida incluso puertas adentro de DC comics, la emp ...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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