Superman is back, baby!
Back in the day, the Superman’s writers and editors were all about making the Man of Steel as out there as possible. Month in and month out, year after year, readers were guaranteed to see things in the Superman books that they couldn’t get anywhere else. Superman comics were truly a mix of everything that made the science fiction pulp mags of the ‘20s and ‘30s rock with all the super hero trimmings, and a little bit of soap opera for good measure.
Giant, killer robots. Space tyrants. Miniature cities. Evil geniuses. Twisted dopplegangers. Alternate universes. Giant monkeys. Time travel. Space adventures. Lost civilizations and much, much more.
Superman never left the limelight, but over the years, the Man of Tomorrow sure got kind of boring.
Wednesday, things got back on the right track with Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s new comic “All Star Superman.”
“All Star Superman” is the Superman comic we’ve all been waiting for. It has all the sensibilities of modern story telling (thank God), but Morrison is pulling in everything that made comics cool and trippy in the Silver Age. Everything seems big and dangerous yet awe-inspiring and wondrous at the same time.
In the first issue alone, Superman fights a genetically enhanced suicide bomber above the sun, finds out that he may be dying from absorbing to much solar energy, gains a new power, hangs with a scientist on Venus who is making a new race of genetically altered human beings to benefit mankind, and Lex Luthor goes from being a reformed villain working for the government to renewing his quest to kill Superman all because he realizes that he’s aging and Superman is not.
“So, if I want to die happy, it’s time to get serious about killed Superman. Don’t you think?”
This is what Superman should be. An insanely powerful guy haveing insane adventures that you can’t see anywhere else.
“All Star Superman” is designed for both longtime fans of Superman and folks who’ve never really picked up a comic. It’s Superman boiled down to the essentials, the Superman that for years has only existed in our fantasies. It’s a fresh start so anyone can jump and be wowed by a great story and stunning art.