All-Star Superman Vol. 1

May 14, 2007 | Trades


All-Star Superman Vol. 1
Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Jamie Grant
DC Comics
$23.99/$19.99 US (Hardcover)
**** 1/2 (out of five)

It was an all-star idea to put together dream teams and let them play in DC Comics’ toy box.
The biggest prize in the box went to writer Grant Morrison (We3, New X-Men) and artist Frank Quitely (We3, The Authority) as they got to cherry-pick the best elements of nearly 70 years of Superman’s existence and present the ultimate Man Of Steel.
The result are such stunning stories like Sweet Dreams, Superwoman, where Supes gives Lois his powers for 24 hours as a birthday gift; The Superman/Olson War, which sees intrepid young reporter Jimmy Olson forced to take on his hero, who’s been exposed to the personality-altering black kryptonite; and the brilliant The Gospel According To Lex Luthor, where reporter Clark Kent is sent to prison to interview Superman’s pontificating arch-nemesis.
Thanks to smart, sophisticated, yet easily accessible tales like these, All-Star Superman was my pick for top ongoing series last year and won the 2006 Eisner Award (comics’ top honour) for best new series. After just six issues Morrison and Quitely have elevated themselves into discussion as one of the best tandems to ever tackle the Man Of Steel.

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