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All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison
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Jan 31, 11

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Read on January 18, 2011

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 encourage younger readers to look back at the Last Son of Krypton's earlier adventures.

Frank Quitely's art on All-Star Superman reminds me a lot of Geoff Darrow's style in The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot - large, complex world building that is somehow made intimate through fine line details and use of minimal backgrounds to draw attention to characters.

This would be near-perfect, but Morrison brings it home by truly understanding what makes these characters tick. Superman's rescue of a would-be jumper in the midst of the unfolding crises in the story is one of the strongest uses of the character in recent memory, and sums up the essence of who Superman is and what he stands for.
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