Following the success of All Star Superman Volume 1 comes the next book from the brilliant creative duo of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely In this book Superman saves Earth from a Bizarro invasion only to be sucked into a parallel Bizarro world and have his powers taken away two astronauts from Krypton wind up on Earth while Superman is in this parallel universe and try to start a new Krypton on Earth meanwhile a poisoned and dying Superman records his last will and faces his final challenge Following the success of All Star Superman Volume 1 comes the next book from the brilliant creative duo of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely In this book Superman saves Earth from a Bizarro invasion only to be sucked into a parallel Bizarro world and have his powers taken away two astronauts from Krypton wind up on Earth while Superman is in this parallel universe and try to start a new Krypton on Earth meanwhile a poisoned and dying Superman records his last will and faces his final challenges, notably a supercharged Lex Luthor If you re a Batman fan like me you ll know that in some of the books Superman is portrayed as a well meaning doofus or a bit of a short sighted arrogant know it all Morrison does the admirable job of making Superman noble and interesting once again, highlighting the fact that Superman is a scientist as well as a hero The writing is top notch as Frank Quitely s art is breathtaking In a single panel he can create real tension and horror as Superman is tackled in space by an army of Bizarros or real movement on the page by drawing a truck hitting Super Lex Luthor at speed or Superman taking out a robot by flying through it He understands and draws scale so well that he truly compliments Morrison s imaginative scope perfectly Imagine sewing the moon back together with bridges Quitely draws it and you somehow believe it It s a shame to see such dull screen adaptations Bryan Singer s Superman Returns of such a great character when stories in books like these show that Superman can be as compelling as any character, maybeIf only Morrison would agree to write a script for the next Superman movie oh well, at least we have the book If you want a great Superman book, this is the one for you Wonderful story, wonderful art, super book In this follow up to the award winning All Star Superman, the Man of Steel goes toe to toe with Bizarro, his oddball twin, and the new character Zibarro, also from the Bizarro planet Volume 2 nicely wraps up All Star Superman Volume 1 Morrison does an incredible job reminding us just why Superman is still what everyone automatically thinks of when imagining a superhero He manages to suck all of the cheesiness out of a character who is primarily known for being a goody goody, and point out that honesty, integrity, forgiveness, and self sacrifice are actually pretty cool Volume 2 nicely wraps up All Star Superman Volume 1 Morrison does an incredible job reminding us just why Superman is still what everyone automatically thinks of when imagining a superhero He manages to suck all of the cheesiness out of a character who is primarily known for being a goody goody, and point out that honesty, integrity, forgiveness, and self sacrifice are actually pretty cool Although Superman has never been a favorite of mine, I think this book is one of my favorite depictions The different situations he s in force him to be drawn out a little as a character, and he has to make some tough choices, admit where he s gone wrong, and stay steadfast about the things he s done right There are also a couple very tender moments not to be forgotten.After reading Batman, Superman, Animal Man, Authority, JLAI think Grant Morrison does his best work with the big, blue Boy Although Superman has never been a favorite of mine, I think this book is one of my favorite depictions The different situations he s in force him to be drawn out a little as a character, and he has to make some tough choices, admit where he s gone wrong, and stay steadfast about the things he s done right There are also a couple very tender moments not to be forgotten.After reading Batman, Superman, Animal Man, Authority, JLAI think Grant Morrison does his best work with the big, blue Boy Scout You d think darker characters would besuited to his skill set, but I wonder if buried under the layers of weird science stuff and bizarre fourth wall breaking there s an optimist of some kind in there.Anyone read Morrison s Supergods book Is it any good The story started in the first volume ends here, and it truly is a complete storyline There s a lot of seemingly unrelated stuff in here, including a painfully extended bizarro storyline God, I hate reading bizarros There s a Silver Age y feel to it all, which is not exactly to my taste But it s competently done The overarching storyline is actually pretty interesting, though it s a shame I can t feel the same about the subplots The art is still Frank Quitely, and still way too round for m The story started in the first volume ends here, and it truly is a complete storyline There s a lot of seemingly unrelated stuff in here, including a painfully extended bizarro storyline God, I hate reading bizarros There s a Silver Age y feel to it all, which is not exactly to my taste But it s competently done The overarching storyline is actually pretty interesting, though it s a shame I can t feel the same about the subplots The art is still Frank Quitely, and still way too round for my tastes I know that s his style, but that doesn t mean I have to like it Probablyfor Superman fans who know a decent chunk of his history I am not a big Superman fan, and I don t know terribly much about his history But after reading All Star Batman and Robin, it was so, so good to read a book from somebody who understands the character he s writing Miller has forgotten who Batman is, but Grant Morrison really does seem to understand Superman And, if I m remembering his work on JLA correctly, the rest of the major superheroes as well Pleasant enough, even if I am still searching for the Superman story that will make me a convert An absolutely fantastic read as Grant Morrison takes the character back to his roots and 50 s nostalgia in this follow up book. Grant Morrison s All Star Superman is one of the few Superman comics I ve really enjoyed I think he gets right what most writers get wrong concerning Superman Most of the time, in order to make a threat credible, due to Superman s great power, writers make Superman so dumb he can t see the obvious threat in front of him to allow it to almost overtake it him, only to get out of it in a rather unconvincing manner at the end by beating the crap out of it.Morrison avoids that mistake Rather than Grant Morrison s All Star Superman is one of the few Superman comics I ve really enjoyed I think he gets right what most writers get wrong concerning Superman Most of the time, in order to make a threat credible, due to Superman s great power, writers make Superman so dumb he can t see the obvious threat in front of him to allow it to almost overtake it him, only to get out of it in a rather unconvincing manner at the end by beating the crap out of it.Morrison avoids that mistake Rather than making Superman square, corny and ineffective, as he often is, Morrison gets to the core of Superman s greatness, which is that he s ultimately an optimistic character who leads by example, and hasfaith in humanity that it has in itself which I think is actually mentioned in the intro Superman does get tricked by Lex Luthor in the opening, which has very specific and tragic consequences for the Man of Steel, forcing Superman to reevaluate his life and and take care of unfinished business And while the outcome is inevitable, Superman manages to defeat the opposition over and over again, through his ingenuity and cleverness, rather than with his brawn, much in the same way he does in, say, Superman II and some of the better Superman stories.Setting it outside of mainstream continuity helps makes itreadable for comics readers Morrison and the artist give some of the cornier elements of Superman s Silver Age mythology a nice majestic quality that allows All Star Superman to almost, but not quite, transcend the genre I like his take on most of the supporting characters, especially Lex Luthor, who is written as a narcissistic psychopath, with a pathological obsession with Superman to the point where he blames Superman for his lack of accomplishment but uses all of his resources in an effort to defeat him The only character I didn t like is Jimmy Olsen, who just comes across as a third rate reporter of limited talent who does very well following idiotic trends and writing human interest puff pieces.Still, a good read for comics fans in general, and Superman fans in particular I d read both volumes of All Star Superman before, but had unfortunately read them roughly a year apart from each other, which undermined their power a little so I used a lull in my reading to revisit both volumes back to back And, now having done so, I can say with some confidence that these are my favorite Superman stories I ve read As far as superhero comics go, I ve always been a X Fan, with most of the monthly titles I read being some branch of the X men franchise That said, when Supe I d read both volumes of All Star Superman before, but had unfortunately read them roughly a year apart from each other, which undermined their power a little so I used a lull in my reading to revisit both volumes back to back And, now having done so, I can say with some confidence that these are my favorite Superman stories I ve read As far as superhero comics go, I ve always been a X Fan, with most of the monthly titles I read being some branch of the X men franchise That said, when Superman is written correctly, I might argue that no idea in comics resonatesstrongly I m not sure if it s his iconic nature, or the underlying message the basic strength and power of just being a good and decent person but there is something about the character that inspires in a way that few other characters comic or otherwise can Though I don t collect Superman comics regularly, I often find myself frustrated with people who claim the character is boring or deride his boy scout nature In the right writers hands, he s a character who provides opportunities like no other And, in a world where most superheroes are obligated to be gritty and conflicted, his fundamental decency is almost a breath of fresh air Both of these points are on full display in these two wildly inventive volumes Morrison, and writer with no shortage on big ideas is able to run wild here, creating a tale that is truly larger than life The twelve issues that make up this series are filled with threats and ideas that literally change worlds and span galaxies But, what might surprise peopleis how positive and optimistic this tale is Morrison is known for his darker tales, like the Invisibles, but here he crafts a tale about a Superman faced with his own mortality and legacy and ultimately creates a tale of hope A tale about individuals and people A tale perfectly encapsulated in Superman s own words in the tenth issue It s never as bad as it seems You re much stronger than you think you are Trust me It s a wonderful message and a wonderful series Damn this good Morrison s imagination is boundless and Quitely s art is gross, ugly, beautiful and perfect This is a love letter to the optimistic insanity of Superman, and its joy is so infectious that I couldn t resist This is closer to the 1940s science fiction fantasy than superhero comics, and reflects some of the boundless idealistic science fiction of the 50s, pulpy and hopeful In the end, what is so surprising about this Superman book is that it s not only a great story about Superma Damn this good Morrison s imagination is boundless and Quitely s art is gross, ugly, beautiful and perfect This is a love letter to the optimistic insanity of Superman, and its joy is so infectious that I couldn t resist This is closer to the 1940s science fiction fantasy than superhero comics, and reflects some of the boundless idealistic science fiction of the 50s, pulpy and hopeful In the end, what is so surprising about this Superman book is that it s not only a great story about Superman and has there been many great stories about the god like Superman but it s also emotionally affecting and deeply hopeful in the boundless possibility of the future It s a hopeful fable about a contemporary god This worn thin quickly, after the first volume Morrison made a good decision to only do 12 issues, as his premise is worth about that many issues Very quick fun It seems deep, I suppose, in that Morrison is bringing in stuff from outside the comic book world and putting them into a Superman comic None of it feels very new or fresh, and by the end, when Superman is creating life just so he can problem solve, it just became awkwardly apparent that these characters really mean nothing, but in This worn thin quickly, after the first volume Morrison made a good decision to only do 12 issues, as his premise is worth about that many issues Very quick fun It seems deep, I suppose, in that Morrison is bringing in stuff from outside the comic book world and putting them into a Superman comic None of it feels very new or fresh, and by the end, when Superman is creating life just so he can problem solve, it just became awkwardly apparent that these characters really mean nothing, but instead are just puppets in a seemingly complex puppet show Fun, but very unfulfilling Like a really good piece of Red Vines candy Years ago John Byrne re did Superman with at least as much intellectual depth, and definitely with twice as much human touch As with everything I have read by Morrison, he just seems to be farting around, having fun, but ultimately not doing much of any real substance P.S How long did it take Chip Kidd to design the logo He gets a credit for that It looks like something I could design with WordArt in Microsoft Word in about 2 minutes If DC actually paid him for it, whatever they gave him was too much