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All-Star Superman, Vol. 1

(All-Star Superman #1-6)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  39,459 ratings  ·  761 reviews
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The last son of the doomed planet Krypton rocketed to Earth. A sci-fi savior raised in America's heartland; embracing and embraced by what's best in humanity. Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind misguided by his own personal shortcomings. Lois Lane, the dynamic investigative reporter who reminds you that there are enigmas in life that baffle even Sup
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 11th 2007 by DC Comics
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May 01, 2011 rated it it was ok

Okay, other than Frank Quitely giving Supes the physique of a championship bowler, this book wasn’t bad. It certainly was NOT the loathsome, Batman persona-raping shit bomb that All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder, Volume 1 was (I still haven’t forgiven you for that Frank Miller). I think that Grant Morrison did a good job capturing the essential, archetypal “goodness” of Superman in this homage/tribute/restoration of the icon of icons.

Still, this was a swing and a miss for me...though a
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Despite the fact that I read a lot of comics -- and I do read a lot of comics -- I don't read a lot of superhero comics. Which isn't true at all, because I read a lot of superhero comics; it's just that almost all the superhero comics I read are Batman. I am absolutely obsessed with Batman in a way I've learned to live with, and I don't feel the need for non-comics fans or non-superhero fans to 'get it,' because so many other people obviously already do.

But. If, say, you were getting into comics
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
This is what I would recommend to someone who is not a fan of Superman. Morrison manages to take all of the things that make Superman such an iconic character, and turn it into a great story.
Dear Grant Morrison,

It's not you, it's me. I should have known better. I've never been a big fan of Superman. We both know that I'm much more of a Batman sort of girl. I can't think of a single Superman book that I've loved. I probably should have left well enough alone. But I was curious, and anything had to be better than Frank Miller's All-Star Batman. That much was true. At least you seem to understand Superman's character, in a way that Miller no longer understands Batman's and has never un

5.5 stars!!!


Now, I have a little confession to make (I seem to be making so many book confessions lately, right)? I had only read a few “Superman” comics over the years, which included “Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow” and “Superman: Secret Identity.” The reason why I have not read that many “Superman” comics was not because I hate Superman (I actually really like his character), but it was hard for me to look for some recommendations for good “Superman”
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I’m mad this took me 3 days to slog through. This was a chore to read. Taking away time I could have been reading something else. I hate to bad mouth any comic since I love reading them but I found most of this boring or kind of dumb. Although I tell myself I’ll never do it, twice this book made me want to close it and never open it again. The first time was when Samson and that other dude pulled up treating Lois like an object. Telling Superman let’s battle for her and Lois was going ...more
Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who think they don't care about Superman
Look! Superman playing super-fetch with his super-dog! Aw!

Hey, guys. Guess what I read yesterday? Superman. Isn't that weird?

Well, it was "Buy 1 Graphic Novel, Get 1 For $1" Day @ my work. And I had stocked up on the latest volumes of the three series that I am currently in the middle of (Fables, The Walking Dead, Chew). I just needed one more! And the stock was looking slim (yay! sales; boo! none for me). When this guy that I work with, Tyler, hands me Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman. Since
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Morrison is a great comic book writer, but he has a few obvious flaws that can make his work difficult to digest, and have always kept him from reaching the same heights as Alan Moore.

All-Star Superman, while using the same deconstructed narrative and mind-blowingly bizarre gift of invention that are his trademarks, manages to overcome those limitations and essentially create the platonic ideal of what a Superman story should be.

In twelve issues this series manages to truly show how an epic stor
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've had this Comic for *ages* without reading it-& I should've read it sooner, as it's really good. :)
The storylines for each episode are all different, yet often interlinking & all of the usual suspects in terms of characters are in it.
The artworks nice-Retro mixed with modern with a good amount of detail when needed.
However, what let it down a bit for me was the way that Clark Kent/Superman himself was drawn sometimes. As this massive, thick necked/Jawed man, that was even more obviously not
I keep wanting to like Superman, to find those epic stories that boil him down to the essentials and show why people love him so much. All-Star Superman was one recommended to me, and I came away with nothing but meh.

Most of this feels so over the top and hokey (Black kryptonite? Jimmy Olsen what are you doing? Atlas and Sampson's pissing match over Lois, let me puke), which only buries the nicer moments.

Also, I have never, ever liked Quitely's art. Too many potato faces and giant bodybuilder n
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing

How do I rave without giving everything away or repeating what others have already said? This is Morrison at his best and most focused. It's still out there, sometimes "cerebral," funny, wacky. But it's mostly charming, classic, and true. This is how I think about Superman, omnipotent yet vulnerable, strong yet sensitive. And Clark Kent steals every scene he's in like a chubby Dick Van Dyke. Very well done. Looking forward to Volume 2 and then buying the whole in a collective hardcover edition.
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Let it not be said that throughout my history of reading comics I have not given Superman and his creative teams ample opportunity to make me a fan. Because I have. Probably more opportunity than both my free time and my wallet really appreciate, to be honest. This persistent (and futile, I now realize), pursuit of the Man of Steel's fandom was most likely fueled by a few fleeting moments of brilliance in stories about him I've read in the past. (Those stories being It's a Bird... by Steven T. S ...more
I honestly don’t know what to think of this now that I have read it. I was fun, it was colorful and brilliant, and yet overall it didn’t make much sense to me. It’s like when they sat down to write this superman book they decided to explore x number of stories and themes and in the end all those themes and stories didn’t flow with each other in the amount of allotted pages they were given.

Here’s the gist of what I saw in this book.

Superman is dying by the hands of Luthor.

Luthor is okay with g
2.75 stars

I enjoyed the first couple of issues in this more than the ending ones. The artwork was pretty good but not exactly my cup of tea. The dialogue was good, and the characters were somewhat interesting. There was some action, but not an overbearing amount. Like it didn't distract from the plot.

I don't really have much to say about this because it didn't stand out to me. I don't find Superman a compelling character, but I can see how Superman fans would be into this. The contrast between C
Too much hard to follow techno-jurgons and incomprehensible weird sci-fi elements to enjoy the Superman-adventures properly, and all the episodes felt rather disjointed and scattered instead of a firmly connected chronological development of a single plot. Still, independently, the plots of each of the episodes works, even though they were not very interesting (other than Superman slowly dying and finally revealed his trueself to Lois so that they can spend some quality time together, which was ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
Poor Superman is always going to start off on the wrong foot with me, and having him written by Grant Morrison doesn't make things much better. Fortunately, I've read Morrison's We3, where he lets Quitely's art do what it's supposed to do: tell the story--so I expected to see as much here. Secondly, Morrison's approach to this series pleased me, as he stated in the planning stages, that he did not want to rehash Superman's origin story, yet again. The point of All-Star Superman is to give us the ...more
John Yelverton
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fantastic read as Grant Morrison takes the character back to his roots and 50's nostalgia. ...more
DeAnna Knippling
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have a friend who's trying to convince me that I'm giving short shrift to Supes over...a lot of other superhero characters. This despite the fact that I am, to those who know me, more of a horror/noir/crime reader. I don't *love* uplifting stories. I barely *like* them, unless the uplift comes up out of some verifiable muck. The one Supes story that I *love* is the Judd Winick story, Superman/Shazam: First Thunder--which fits the bill exactly, IMO.

So I can't say that I *love* this book. It was
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is so good. SO GOOD.

When Morrison and Quitely are together, they really are masterful storytellers. Morrison is a wordsmith in his dialogue and plots out each issue so they're perfectly paced. Each having their own moments of quiet and action. Quitely is one of those artists whose work you have to spend that little extra time looking at to fully appreciate it. Morrison doesn't restrain him. He lets him do his best work.

Side Note:If the Man of Steel film left you with a bad taste in your mo
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Take seat and refresh your mind with all does punching and kicking superheroes and take a look at the different side of the story. About a god who live among men that we all known as Superman. In my opinion, this probably one of the best comic book story ever printed.

Recommended to both superman fans or no.
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I found this one really underwhelming relative to all the hype.
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Not only easily the best superman story ever told, but one of the most human, touching, and heartfelt comics ever written. It is everything that makes the character of Superman so great, and more, starting out as a bitter sweet, romantic, and tragic slice of life, and eventually turning into this surreal, Evangelion-esque story about death and finding peace in the world. It's a story that makes this god-like character a human- a human who tries their best to help people and to be selfless, and e ...more
Ville-markus Nevalainen
All-Star Superman is a comic that I had heard lot about. Many have said that it is The Superman comic that you should read, and how can you argue with a name like All-Star Superman?

But after reading it... I hope this is not the best Superman can do. The story is a complete mess as is the art style. All-Star Superman is an example of how the universe behind the characters have grown too large for a new reader to understand it. I, who vaguely knows who Jimmy Olsen is, found myself confused from ti
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, Superman fans,
it was Grant Morrison who first (to my knowledge) called Superman "the sci-fi Jesus," & i can't think of a more appropriate, succinct encapsulation of the character. he is humanity's savior, delivered from on high, in a rocketship from outer space. his father sent him to us because of our potential, which he was meant to show us, by reflecting the best we have to offer, clothed in the heavenly vestments of his otherworldly father. his earthly upbringing gave limitless power incarnate an innate u ...more
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
So overall I liked it well enough, I've never read Superman comics before, so it was an alright introduction to them. Some of the stories in here were better than others, which brings me to the true rant of this review: The Lois Lane story. Spoilers for that story a coming.
So imagine you're really into Superman and he's super into you so for your birthday he creates a bottle of his super powers that you can drink and then gain them for 24 hours. WOW! OMG! What would you do? Fly around the world
Jay Becker
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of the better comics I have read in quite some time. Morrison can get pretty heady sometimes but this is really a love story to the Silver Age Superman. Sort of like Moore's "Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow" it takes all the crazy silver age stuff (the key to the fortress, Jimmy Olsen's signal watch and crazy identities, etc, etc, etc) and turns it on it's head and makes it work. Quitely's artwork while hard to call pretty is extremely effective. His Clark Kent is AMAZING an ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This comic is very well written.

It has it's problems though.
The artwork is a bit "funny" at times, Sometimes it's drawn really good but at other scenes and characters just look goofy and they made me laugh out loud (especially a scene of Superman flying where he makes a face that makes him look ridiculously funny)

The story is fine with a few problems,like maybe a bit too much characters that we just breeze through.
Loved Jimmy Olsen in this,Lex Luthor is greatly done in this as is Superman and Lo
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was my second time reading, and I am raising the rating from 3-4 stars. I think I'm doing that because I've read lots of Morrison/Quitely team ups, and I think the art is a bonus as opposed to a liability when I first read it. Also, I really like the ideas here that are pushing the boundaries of what Superman has always been, expanding into new territory or further exploring things just touched on elsewhere.

Strongly recommended.
Am not quite sure where I fall on this. Some of it displays signs of brilliance bit there a there are a few meh moments which I'll touch on in a TFF review. Some characters had great art for them (Lois, Clark and a couple of others) but I didn't like the artwork for the front cover nor the weird purple alien (not a big Superman fan so not too sure on this character, the other not-quite Superman Supermen, Luthor and Jimmy Olsen. But the story was strong and I may stick around for Vol.2. ...more
Ben Shee
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Superman, hey?

There was a time when I didn't care that much for Superman. He wasn't that interesting - he was invulnerable - all his modern movies are garbage.

This is a much better Superman story than any of the modern Superman movies. Perhaps what made Superman boring was his invulnerability, and Grant Morrison's Superman - still powerful, but weakening, makes Superman all the more brave, noble and lovable.

The series has some beautiful moments, as well as quite a few hilarious Clark Kent mome
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of their work. They are known for their nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in their 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 contro ...more

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