Friday, October 10, 2008

All Star Superman # 1

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Frank Quitely
Colorist: Jamie Grant
Publisher: DC
Published: November 2005

This is Morrison's definitive take on the Man of Steel. In 12 issues alone, Morrison is able to deliver all the greatest elements of Superman. Everything from the bumbling Clark Kent, his folks, Lois Lane, Bizarro, Krypto, and even Joe Shuster are present. All Star Superman is absolutely amazing as far as I'm concerned.

Issue 1 begins the end of Superman. Dr. Leo Quintum and his team of scientists are trying to capture a bit of the sun. Their exposition is sabotaged by a clone of Lex Luthor, which will soon destroy their vessel and them. Thankfully, Superman races to the rescue, defeats the clone, and brings home Quintum and his team. However, after the rescue Superman is diagnosed with one year left to live. Since Superman is a living solar panel, during his rescue mission he was over exposed to the Sun's radiation. This overdose of radiation has provided Superman with increased strength and additional powers, but also ensuring his cells a slow death. Let the awesomeness begin.

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