All-star Superman

Volume 1

Morrison, Grant

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
All-star Superman
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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : DC Comics, c2007
ISBN: 140121102X
9781401211028
1401209149
9781401209148
Branch Call Number: 741.5 S95, M879a
Characteristics: 153 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,27 cm
Additional Contributors: Quitely, Frank

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Feb 06, 2015
  • johnnybookreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely have turned out one of the best Superman comics in years, both beautiful to look at and enjoyable to read! Too bad the local library only sees fit to stock the first of the two volumes, someone should look into that.

Dec 21, 2014
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A beautifully illustrated and written exploration of the Superman character, so near to perfection that it almost pains me to deduct a half-star for the tedious "Bizarro World" issue. I also highly recommend the animated film version which is very faithful to the series (minus Bizarros, thankfully).

Nov 26, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 and preparing for the future. Even in such a state he continues to be strong, but there is one loss that shakes him deeply. However, villains don't rest, and Superman must face a variety of challenges. Many of these require brains rather than brawn to solve, which is a side we rarely get to see of him...that of the scientist's son. Colours and backgrounds both give a solemn atmosphere that nicely complements this contemplative story. Each frame, and each image is deliberately laid out in ways that portray his superior aspects; some imply actions, while at others we see how he "clumsily" averts tragedy "by chance". Certain panels also have a time lapse that is masterfully portrayed. Superman's greatest moments actually come when he, as Clark Kent, must save someone without arousing suspicion in them. By hiding his actions under the guise of an oaf, we see how clever he is from the contrasting results. Truly brilliant in every way. This is the Superman story, for even those that don't like Superman.

Jan 21, 2014
  • oxygenelmo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I never liked Superman, It thought he was a boring one dimensional character. Well All-star Superman changed that. One of the best stories I have read.

Mar 02, 2013
  • ThomasLove rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gods achieve their power by encouraging us to believe in them. Superman achieves his power by encouraging us to believe in ourselves. All Stars for All Star Superman, 5/5

Mar 01, 2013
  • ThomasLove rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

All Star Superman is profound and playfull. At the time of this book's writing, Morrison was experiencing his father's decay and passing away. It's like in any sport where an athlete approaches the goal and makes it 'look easy'. Morrison is like the Gretzky of comics and what he has done in All Star Superman could only be understated by Clark Kent himself which is why I gave this an All Star rating. 5/5

Dec 22, 2012
  • temp123987 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am not really a fan of "Supes" but several of the stories made me rethink that opinion. One story I saw no merit in was " Superman / Olsen War!" though Olsen girlfriend was candy to the eyes. "The Gospel according to Lex Luthor" was compelling. You hung on to every image and the storyline. Kudos! The most enchanting was Lois Lane's moment as a "super." I am not sure why she resembles more a teenager and Superman an 'older' man but I suppose it fits with the fantasy. In the final analysis, this is a worthy read.

Feb 01, 2012
  • SkycycleX2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved both Volume One and Volume Two. The writing excellent from beginning to end and the artwork is beautiful. Good superhero stories are thrilling but I think it's rare to be as deeply touched by a superhero comic. If Grant Morrison continued to write Superman I'd want to read it all the time. He's made me a Superman fan with these stories.

Jan 03, 2012
  • SkycycleX2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I picked up this book because I wanted to know what the big deal was with Grant Morrison. I've never been a big fan of Superman. Mostly because he's just too powerful and it seemed not only could he do anything but anything could happen in his world. Well, Morrison made that work and makes all the characters, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Krypto, and even Clark Kent and Superman work and interesting to even me, a non-Superman fan. At first I didn't like Frank Quitely's artwork but it grew on me and I quite like it. I will read more of All-Star Superman and look for more Grant Morrison.

Jun 25, 2011
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Volume 1 of Grant Morrison's work was a brilliant look at what would Superman do if he knew he was dying. Volume 2 continues this exploration, with Superman doing the truly amazing, like journeying to the Bizarro Universe and defeating some long lost Kryptonians, while also having time for the simple, almost mundane stopping a young woman from jumping off a building. Morrison even leaves a ray of hope at the end for those that want to see Superman's return, making him Arthurian in stature.

By focusing on the Superman mythos, rather than his place in the DC universe as a whole, Morrison has created an almost intimate portrait of the Man of Steel. Through Morrison's tale, we see the nobility of Superman in a way that has rarely been captured in comics or on film. He is an honourable man trying to do the right thing in a universe that doesn't reward that kind of behaviour.

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Dec 21, 2012
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Mar 25, 2012
  • Dr_Inferno rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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