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Review: All Star Superman

September 26, 2008

This week saw the release of the final issue of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All Star Superman.  I don’t usually bring up these things until they’ve been collected, but I’m making an exception in this case.  This series is a masterpiece, it’s probably the best Superman comic ever written and is one of the only 2 sure to be classic stories to come out of Marvel and DC (not counting Vertigo) in the last decade (the other being Darwyn Cooke’s New Frontier).

I’ve seen comparisons out there on the internets to Watchmen.  And it may very well be that good, although it’s a very different sort of story.  Where Watchmen sought to deconstruct the superhero genre All Star Superman seeks to embrace it instead.  The book can feel a bit anachronistic at times becuase of this approach actually, many of the issues are based heavily off of the rather silly Superman comics of the silver age.  But that’s also one of the book’s strengths, as Morrison is telling what is really a foundational superhero comic.

There is so much I could say about this book, but Timothy Callahan over at CBR already summed it up far better than I could:

“This Superman rises above genre conventions to become something mythic. He is a god. He is the perfection that we can only dream of. And only Morrison and Quitely, at the top of their game, can even attempt to tell his stories.”

Reserve the collected editions of this book now!  It should be an essential part of any serious comic collection.