All-Star Superman – Volume 1 by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, with Jamie Grant

Is Superman dying? Well don’t look at the Dragon! I’ll not give it away, but I have nothing but praise for this fabulous graphic novel with artwork that has the 1940’s feel of the original comic, but with enough modernity to appeal to younger fans. Here the artwork is bright with teal, magenta, and lapis giving the overall feel as one of youth and vigor.

Beginning with the words “. . . the measure of a man lies not in what he says but what he does” All-Star Superman takes the reader on a much more emotional journey than the Superman comics I remember. Superman must face foes much stronger and more devious than Lex Luther (although our friend Lex does make his appearance) when he faces the possibility of his own mortality, his desire to win Lois’ love, his own evil heart, and his love of his parents. All the while, Morrison, Quitely, and Grant serve up adventure Superman style with panache, verve, and humor never letting the reader forget that graphic novels can be fun and convey a moral.

Once upon a time, it was felt that Superman was too dated, that his moral standards were obsolete for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, but I’m glad he’s back. I hope he stays . . .

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