All Star Superman

All Star Superman

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Overview

The Underverse ruled by Bizarros. The time-eating Chronovore. Jimmy Olsen, superhero?
 
Nothing is impossible in ALL-STAR SUPERMAN.
 
Except for the fact that Superman... is dying.

Now with time running against him, the Man of Steel must tie up loose ends and make sure that he leaves the Earth better than he found it.

The unstoppable creative team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely join forces once more to take Superman back to basics. In an emotionally and visually stunning graphic novel harkening back to a Golden Age of comics, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN creates a new, and at the same time familiar, take on the world’s first superhero. This now-classic graphic novel features Superman's renowned supporting cast, including Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro, Perry White and of course, his greatest foe Lex Luthor. This volume collects issues #1-12.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401232054
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 108,492
Product dimensions: 6.64(w) x 10.14(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Grant Morrison has been working with DC Comics for more than twenty years, beginning with his legendary runs on the revolutionary titles ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL. Since then he has written numerous best-sellers — including JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men — as well as the critically acclaimed creator-owned series THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH, WE3 and JOE THE BARBARIAN. Morrison has also expanded the borders of the DC Universe in the award-winning pages of SEVEN SOLDIERS, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, FINAL CRISIS and BATMAN, INC., and he is currently reinventing the Man of Steel in the all-new ACTION COMICS.
         In his secret identity, Morrison is a “counterculture” spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Supergods, a groundbreaking psycho-historic mapping of the superhero as a cultural organism. He divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Scotland.


Frank Quitely was born in Glasgow in 1968. Since 1988 he’s drawn The Greens (self-published), Blackheart, Missionary Man, Shimura, Inaba, ten shorts for Paradox Press, six shorts for Vertigo, FLEX MENTALLO, 20/20 VISIONS, BATMAN: THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION, THE KINGDOM: OFFSPRING, JLA: EARTH 2, THE INVISIBLES, TRANSMETROPOLITAN, THE AUTHORITY, Captain America, New X-Men, THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, WE3, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN and BATMAN AND ROBIN. He has also created covers for Negative Burn, Judge Dredd Megazine, Classic 2000 AD, JONAH HEX, BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME, BITE CLUB, AMERICAN VIRGIN and ALL-STAR BATMAN. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children. He used to design his own hats and clothing. Currently his favorite hobby is cooking.

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All Star Superman 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Alighieri More than 1 year ago
All-Star Superman is undoubtedly the greatest superhero comic in existence. And that in itself feels like an understatement. Essentially, Morrison acknowledges the limitless wonder of Superman, and rather than simply stop there, exploits it to the greatest possible degree, ultimately creating what are easily among the most memorable moments in comic book history. When every turn of the page brings a sense of breathlessness, when every image captures absolute wonder, when every word resounds with earth-shattering potency - nothing else comes close. Morrison's fecundity is unrivaled and Quitely and Grant's artwork truly captures the raw essence of comic book magic. Basically, get ready to be amazed, get ready to enter the realm of the fantastic, get ready... to fly with Superman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the things that Morrison tends to do with Superman, is to blow him up into an almost God-Like creature with infinite powers and ablities and plays with those ideas, taking them to great legnths. While hardly the most Rational of Superman stories, All-Star Superman is so wonderful because it plays upon those irrationalities. It's an extremely fun and playful take on the man of steel. For people who don't find themselves a fan of Superman, it is still worth looking into, because it makes light and really has fun with the elements that most people find unlikeable about Superman and makes the fun again.
Evade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
the best, and only, Superman graphic novel you need to read, really.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not an expert on Superman (yet), but I definitely enjoyed it.
theforestofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another book with the pairing of Morrison and Frank Quietly¿s art. The half dozen or so stories are all self contained pieces of fiction though the first two kind of book end each other. The stories involve Superman/Clark Kent and the ancillary supporting characters. Particularly enjoyed The Gospell According to Lex Luthor. The artwork is sumptuous; glossy and punchy yet still controlled. Good use of space on each page and breaking away from the customary use of panels. And Superman looks as he should. A book worth reading again, to saviour the subtleties of the writing, and before I launch myself into volume two.
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know I'm supposed to like Grant Morrison's work. I don't. I've tried very hard to do so, but out of every five stories I read, I only really like one.So it is with this collection. I know I'm supposed to like this one too, since it was so critically acclaimed and won two Eisners, but I didn't. Of the six issues here, only the one where Lois gained super powers for the day really seemed fresh. Otherwise, the characters were paper-thin (especially Luther) and the stories banal. Frank Quitely's art has never really appealed to me except for his work in Sandman: Endless Nights.I realize I'm in a minority here, which is probably why I have tried so hard to like Morrison. But to me, he usually only succeeds in creating stories without a single likable character. I guess that's what passes for "post-modern" these days. But I just don't think that dark equals good. Dark has to have some substance, but Morrison just very rarely has any.
drewandlori on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most critically praised Superman stories ever, and it definitely lives up to the hype. It reminded me a lot of the "Supreme" series, one of Alan Moore's more underrated books. I'd highly recommend both series to anybody.
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even though my introduction to comics were DC, somehow I ended up becoming a Marvel zombie. A friend had been trying to convince me to read some DC titles as well, and this was one of the trades she recommended to me. I decided to give it a spin, and wow.I had practically no knowledge of Superman before reading this trade, except for some vague "oh, wasn't he played by Christopher Reeve in a movie" kind of way. So I know nothing about how he's been written in the past or even in the present. However, I really like how he was written here. Even though he's been given an essential death sentence, he's still thinking of others instead of being overtaken by fear. I especially liked the issue "The Gospel According to Lex Luthor," in which Clark Kent visits Lex in prison, and he manages to save Lex's life numerous times with his "bumbling." And this is in spite of the fact that Lex Luthor is responsible for his impending death and keeps talking about how he's finally killed Superman! The art is also very good. I've never been much of a fan of Quitely, but it worked for this one.I've already ordered the second volume of All-Star Superman, and I'll definitely be picking up more to read about this character.
PhoebeReading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this DC Superman revamp, Superman contemplates his mortality and some absolutely goofy stuff happens. While Frank Quitely's art is downright gorgeous--he expertly presents us with a cuddly Clark and a steely-muscled Man of Steel--Grant Morrison's writing isn't quite up to snuff. A few of the episodes, namely "Superman's Forbidden Room" and "A Funeral in Smallville", have both scatter-shot moments of- and an enormous potential for great tenderness, but Morrison intermixes the emotional elements of the Superman mythos with Silver Age goofiness. This wouldn't be so bad if his pacing allowed us to digest this strange combination fully, but every chapter feels short and frantic and Morrison seems loathe to frame tone changes with narration. I have a feeling he has a good understanding of many of the characters in this universe, particularly Clark/Superman and Lois, but it's hard to detect at first read because he seems so distracted, and lets his readers get likewise sidetracked from the human side of the story.
brakketh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting but somehow unsatisfying
patrickgarson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've never liked SuperMan - but this volume has really made me reconsider him. Morrison's light, rollicking stories married to Quitely's gorgeous artwork and some divine colouring really make this a stand-out series. Lex's machinations finally force Superman to confront his own mortality. How can the world live without Superman, and how can he live without the world? Finding out, of course, will involve saving it several times, and then there's Lois...Morrison has taken what I've always regarded as the inherent silliness of the Superman milieu, added some steroids by way of some of the wackier Silver Age stuff, and whipped up this delightful, almost fluffy meringue with a kind of "World Of Tomorrow" wide-eyed quality that I really responded to. It's whimsical, and sweet, and also shows what you can accomplish without having to delve into the ever-fashionable "gritty", "dark" territory of the comic world. This is not to say the book lacks emotional gravitas. At heart, it's a serious subject matter, and Morrison is happy to deliver pathos where it's required in a non-hokey way. Of course, his helter skelter plotting means that these moments rarely stretch beyond a page - or even a panel - but it's no chore, letting your eyes rest on Quitely's simple, clean work and just soaking up the mood in a small picture so beautifully rendered. The book is, at heart, about Superman, and if I had one criticism it would be like we only catch glimpses of any other regular characters beyond Lex. Obviously, Lois plays a large role in the story, but beyond the first chapter we only get glimpses of her relationship with Superman, and I wanted more insight. What kind of relationship do they have? How did they get there? What powers their love and how are they attracted to each other? The book doesn't really address this questions. There are myriad other small, affectionate touches littered throughout, however. Morrison and Quitely's take on Clark Kent is astute and endearing, Quintum, Jimmy, and the sad Zibarro all leave a mark on the story, as does Lex himself, of course. And the colouring really is divine. Ultimately All-Star Superman is a wonderful, sweet example of what you can do with an "old" superhero to invigorate and invest the character with a different meaning. Morrison and Quietly seem like the perfect partners for such a task and it's really made me reconsider what Superman might have to offer. Stellar work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best graphic novel I own. I have tons of volumes of DC graphic novels. Superman is my favorite, and this work truly is the master-piece it was reputed to be. While I was initially turned off by the design of the Man of Steel himself, the artwork and color really is supreme. But the story is really where this story is tops. I have never read any graphic novel where everything that unfolds just 'feels' right. Morrison delivered the most pleasing and still totally unique Superman story I have come across.  Fans of Morrison or Superman especially should consider this a MUST HAVE. 
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TheSkyrat More than 1 year ago
Funny. Charming. Dense. Exotic. Weird. Smart. Mythic. Spiritual. This is the most amazing Superman story ever told, and for my money, one of the greatest stories ever told via the comic book medium. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a big Superman mark. I love the character and what he stands for. This story is not just one of the best Superman stories ever, but it's one of the best comics I've ever read. I'm a big fan of Quietly and Morrison and have always admired their work. This story increases my fandom for the duo. Too many elements to cover in this story, but here are a few of my highlights: From Clark's reveal to Lois, to granting her a day with his powere, to him saving Luthor in the prison, to the fitting conclusion...this is a must read for any fan of good storytelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Morrison managed to write a Golden Age style Superman comic without making it feel too silly for modern readers. Unfortunately, this digital comic is plagued with artifacts especially noticable in red colored parts of the comic. It can be an eyesore.
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Stephen-BachEnthusiast More than 1 year ago
Morrison and Quitely's "All Star Superman" (V.1) is an imaginative and beautifully-drawn vision of the Superman myth. Highly recommended.
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