Reading All Star Superman
21 Jul 2013 - Nic Ho Chee
Just finished All-Star Superman after getting a hat-tip from Comicbookgirl19 in the attached review. I've picked up all of Grant Morrison's uniquely penned content generated since Zenith Phase I in 2000ad, and decided to check this series out when it was mentioned in the same breath as Red Son, one of the few Superman stories I've encountered and enjoyed. Morrison portrays Kal-El as he should be, a loving guardian that gives everything he has to preserve and protect life, exploring his motivations and making explicit his link with mythical archetypes by giving him a Herculean task to undertake.
In the past I've found it difficult to take Superman seriously as it read like a teenage power fantasy, but over the twelve issue series the writer has developed the hero and his surrounding family into more than mere Deus Ex cyphers. With interestingly fleshed out characters, I can strongly recommend the collected works to people that might have enjoyed the Invisibles and want to get into the Man of Steel.