One of the great questions many Superman fans have had was, what would be one of the ultimate Kal-El tribute stories of all time? And would it make an almost better movie? All Star Superman answers those questions and more, and raises some new ones.
Legendary, and controversial writer, Grant Morrison created the original story with amazing art provided by Frank Quitely. This twelve part comic series was in so many ways Morrison’s tribute, homage, and rearrangement of the Pre-Crisis Superman. The era where wonderment beat out logic. Not my favourite time, but Morrison really sells the love.
Lex Luther, realizing that mortality is knocking on his door, decides he must, simply must kill Supermen. So he lays out a fiendish trap which is slowly killing the Man Of Steel. Knowing the end is near, Kal-El sets out to do a Super bucket list. And what that entails will astonish you.
Not to give too much away, but we get some great story arcs here. The world view of Lex Luther and how blind he really is to everything around him. Lois and Superman finally having a heart to heart. And a new spin on wayward Kryptonians coming to Earth is shown. All parts leading up to a wonderful super whole.
While maybe not for the younger set, this toon is a solid adaptation with plenty of action and many philosophical questions raised. Grant Morrison crafted something Super here.
…is currently reading Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
P.S. This post is one of several I hope to do this year to celebrate the 75th Birthday of Superman. Happy Birthday Kal-El! Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
P.P.S. Superman Man Of Steel opened Friday, June 14th 2013. For an indepth look at the creation of this landmark movie, check out Jeffrey Taylor’s columns.