Wow This book was very poignant The story is well told, and Alex Ross magnificent illustrations really add punch to the storytelling It starts out with Superman helping one homeless girl, and seeing that he can do , reaches out to the world to help feed the hungry Of course, he himself volunteers to deliver donated food to needed locations Many are grateful for his aid, but of course there are these jerks who don t want to see him doing any good, including a dictator who insists that S Wow This book was very poignant The story is well told, and Alex Ross magnificent illustrations really add punch to the storytelling It starts out with Superman helping one homeless girl, and seeing that he can do , reaches out to the world to help feed the hungry Of course, he himself volunteers to deliver donated food to needed locations Many are grateful for his aid, but of course there are these jerks who don t want to see him doing any good, including a dictator who insists that Superman leave the food with him so that he can then distribute the food to his own people Naturally, Superman knows he is lying.This is a beautifully told story, but with some very harsh truths which leave the reader thinking a good while after they have read this book I applaud the people responsible for this book, it truly was a worthy project Superman battles the ultimate villain of them all world hunger This graphic novel tries to answer realistically what would happen if one day Superman takes a break from fighting all the evil superpowered super villains and instead focus on a much pressing real world issue, feeding all the hungry people In the end, it turns out not even the Superman can outright change a world that s not ready to change, with all his powers he still fell short before the eternal selfishness and narrow mindedne Superman battles the ultimate villain of them all world hunger This graphic novel tries to answer realistically what would happen if one day Superman takes a break from fighting all the evil superpowered super villains and instead focus on a much pressing real world issue, feeding all the hungry people In the end, it turns out not even the Superman can outright change a world that s not ready to change, with all his powers he still fell short before the eternal selfishness and narrow mindedness of human nature At only 64 pages, this is an unusually thought provoking powerful story that handles real life crisis and problems inserting Superman there to see if the most powerful man in the world would be enough to solve it But its never about how fast or how many sacks of relief a superman can carry to every corner of the world he s needed, its about humans if they can let go of their inherent vices to be willing to accept outside help and to be open enough to help others In just a handful of lyrical lines writer Paul Dini created at once a wonderfully strong, thoughtful, sad and ultimately hopeful story through the eyes of Superman that makes the readers think and want to do better, to their fellow people, to the world, to themselves And what can I sayabout Alex Ross s astonishingly beautiful illustrations that hadn t been already He is without a doubt the most accomplished artist working in comicbook medium, every double pages of breathtaking photo realistic painted illustrations is a work of art, so much so that it feels as less of a graphic novel and muchas a series of paintings telling a story Even without any text the illustrations alone could ve expressed everything Dini and Ross wanted to say The whole book is a piece of art that deserves to be collected and cherished, and the great story and absolute perfect characterization of Superman was just icing on top This book is the ideal example of why Superman is one of my most favorite superheroes, and why once I start reading his stories I can t stop myself from readingeven after all the cynicism, skepticism, fear, hate, war, destruction, death on the pages in the end he s tales better ones anyway are just so damn hopeful Even to a hard eyed cynic like me they give a warm fuzzy feeling after finishing that maybe everything will be alright, we as the human race is not totally doomed Who knows maybe in spite of all the senselessness, there is a meaning to our existence after allPatiently and gently, I share with others the way to scatter the seeds a few at a time, evenly between the rows so that each one will have enough space I tell them not every seed will make it but all of them deserve the chance to growStory 4 5, Illustration 6 5Overall 10 10 Inspiring with a great lesson on the final page for all of us. In which Superman takes a good hard look at the world and thinks I can fix this What good are my powers if I only use them for violence Only to discover that even a Man of Steel, however mighty and pure hearted, is powerless before humanity s commitment to self destruction This volume actually felt like an implicit criticism of the big gesture style of charity, the sort of humanitarian aid that is impressive and flashy and makes for good copy and poll numbers, but which amounts to noIn which Superman takes a good hard look at the world and thinks I can fix this What good are my powers if I only use them for violence Only to discover that even a Man of Steel, however mighty and pure hearted, is powerless before humanity s commitment to self destruction This volume actually felt like an implicit criticism of the big gesture style of charity, the sort of humanitarian aid that is impressive and flashy and makes for good copy and poll numbers, but which amounts to nothan applying a band aid to a victim of dismemberment The ultimate message is that we have to help ourselves, because we re the ones doing ourselves the most harm, and all the miracles in the world won t stop us from ruining each other s lives if we really want to.ADDENDUM I might be the only person left who genuinely likes Superman I don t mean one of the plethora of rebooted Supermen the angsty teens, the social justice shills, the hip be ponytailed hunks so cynically crafted to appeal to our current obsessions with anti heroes and seeing white knights dragged through the muck I mean Superman the big blue Boy Scout , the old fashioned champion of truth, justice and the American Way You know the Superman that every writer now either wants to kill off or to re imagine to make himrelevant and therefore less timeless I like that Superman I like him all theas a relic of an older time, a time when we weren t quite so sarcastic and smug and self satisfied with our own oxymoronic Manichaean moral relativism I like Superman as a character who embodies a certain set of old American values, and I like him evenas a character who constantly finds himself sneered at and mocked and challenged and treated as irrelevant because he s a true believer in an America we no longer wish to be The tragic hero, the virtuous champion that s the Superman I like and whose adventures I m always happy to follow 3.5 stars The artwork is as awesome as usual, the story is well meaning and I like how it highlights ordinary people have to solve problems instead of relying on superheroes to solve problems for them I can appreciate that. One word Masterpiece This is a short graphic novel which depicts todays cruel reality in a glorious way.The art is so realistic as well as the story itself Poverty and hunger explained through the Superman story.I m impressed with this work Totally reccommended for all humans not only comic book fans Cheers It s Christmas time in Metropolis and as Superman helps a young runaway find food and shelter, he s reminded of a quote by Charles Dickens describing the Christmas season When want is keenly felt and abundance rejoices Superman decides that through a massive single act of charity he will hopefully inspire others to help the less fortunate this Christmas and however briefly make the world a better place To call this book a comic is to give you the wrong impression of it Yes it s a colle It s Christmas time in Metropolis and as Superman helps a young runaway find food and shelter, he s reminded of a quote by Charles Dickens describing the Christmas season When want is keenly felt and abundance rejoices Superman decides that through a massive single act of charity he will hopefully inspire others to help the less fortunate this Christmas and however briefly make the world a better place To call this book a comic is to give you the wrong impression of it Yes it s a collection of words and images but it isn t presented like a traditional comic there are no panels or word balloons There are captions of text amid Alex Ross photo realistic art but it readslike a graphic poem Superman speaks directly to the reader the entire time and we are treated to a visual spectacle that only Alex Ross can provide I love Paul Dini s writing but the true star of this book is Ross and every page of this book is eye catching, gorgeous, and breathtaking This book is a beautiful tribute to an amazing character It s unabashedly guileless and sentimental, in the best possible ways, celebrating everything about Superman that we love about him Superman spends the book delivering food and aid to war torn and poverty stricken areas around the world and encounters desperation, hate, and violence as much as gratefulness and joy but in all instances endures it with his quiet compassion Any writer wanting to write Superman should take their cue from Dini and Ross who say it simply through this book It s easy he s the good guy And that is abundantly clear as he helps everyone he can in the story That s why we love Superman He does the superhero thing of beating up baddies but there s a beating heart behind it all that puts him over the top.But the book also seeks to remind us of our humanity As much as we draw inspiration from Superman, he draws inspiration from humanity, and the reason he keeps going in the face of pessimism and failure Hope And the potential good of each moment This book wants to remind every reader of the heroic acts of kindness we all have within us, and to act on it instead of passively ignoring that impulse Ross and Dini dedicate this book simply For Superman himself, who inspires us all and it is a fine sentiment to echo This is Golden Age Superman but it s also the real Superman, the character who inspires us to be better people by being that strange paradox an alien who represents the best of humanity Peace on Earth is a warm hug from a timeless character, reminding readers in a cynical world why it s important to care and keep going all the time, not just at Christmas Clark Kent ends the book beautifully Patiently and gently, I share with others the way to scatter the seeds a few at a time, evenly between the rows so that each one will have enough space I tell them not every seed will make it but all of them deserve the chance to grow A panel to panel slideshow of this book would make a great music video for the famousFive for Fightingsong Complete story is written in first person, as a soliloquy by Clark Kent, with cinematic artwork flowing in a third person fashion There is a reason why I mentioned Clark Kent instead of Kal El or Superman, which the book would be able to illustrate best In fact in thirty something pages, this book achieved what All Star Superman been striving for in 12 issues I picked this book out A panel to panel slideshow of this book would make a great music video for the famousFive for Fightingsong Complete story is written in first person, as a soliloquy by Clark Kent, with cinematic artwork flowing in a third person fashion There is a reason why I mentioned Clark Kent instead of Kal El or Superman, which the book would be able to illustrate best In fact in thirty something pages, this book achieved what All Star Superman been striving for in 12 issues I picked this book out of approbation for Alex Ross, and to comfort myself in Paul Dini s affable writing But this oneshot did something farwonderful, without undermining my suppositions helped me appreciate Batman v Superman Why Do We Need Superman And why he is given the title Man Of Steel and Man Of Tomorrow The book answers all these questions in Just 64 pages, with beautiful painting art from Alex Ross.I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what Superman is who Truly is he is not an alien he is not a god he is just a dude from Kansas doing the right thing. Comics painter Alex Ross and writer Paul Dini, both among the most acclaimed talents in the field, join forces to create an unusual look at the world s greatest super hero and his attempt to improve the world