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Absolute All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison
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Mar 20, 2011

it was amazing

I didn't think it could be done. I never imagined that a writer could top Alan Moore's perfect, elegiac take on Superman in What Ever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?. But here Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely do exactly that, giving us perhaps the definitive take on the Man of Steel, here dying and undertaking Herculean Labors.

A friend of mine once said that Grant Morrison's work never brought a tear to his eye, and I reluctantly agreed -- until the issue where we visit Clark during the time his earthly father, Pa Kent, has his heart attack. It's hard not to shamelessly pull a sentimental tearjerker here, but Morrison handles it so well, slipping in a moment of human connection amidst time travelers and fights against all-devouring entities.

Why can't more superhero books have this grandeur, poise, and humanity?

Note: The Absolute edition is stunning, but it reads just as well in the regular two-volume edition.
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