Monday, March 27, 2006

Latest Reads - All Star Superman # 1

All Star Superman ..1

Probably the greatest single issue comic I'll read this year. And it's only January.

I knew it was going to be good, it's Grant Morrison after all.
His track record with supertypes is pretty good.

If you only read one JLA book ever make it one of his run, likewise e for extinction was the best X-Men book you're ever likely to see.
So I was expecting great things from this and within 3 pages I knew he'd nailed the concept perfectly. The first 3 panels and the splash page tell you everything you ever need to know about Superman's origin and do it in a simple, detailed and clever way. It's the best Superman book I've read since Alan Moore did some stories - recently reprinted in the DC Stories of Alan Moore. It's smart, well dialogued, inventive and iconic all at once. This looks like it's going to be great. Funniest thing is seeing how much Quitely tows the company line with this book - look at Supe's face - completely unlike a normal Quitely face. Obviously he's been told to keep the franchise looking the same as always. This could be the one problem with the book; if DC get scared and stop Grant doing anything too off franchise message it could destroy what could be the next great superhero work. But if they actually hold their nerve and let him loose this could be wonderful

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