We all know the story of Superman. Or are there any of our readers who by now do not know the story of the last son of a dying planet whose parents sent him to Earth in a rocket, where he was raised by a couple of good-natured farmers from the Midwest of the USA, who In turn, they instilled in him great values so that he would become an inspiration and the greatest hero the planet has ever known? Doesn’t it sound like nothing to you? Don’t worry, this has an easy fix: inside images!
If after these four vignettes you have rushed to put on Youtube the Superman theme of John WilliamsCalm down, it’s normal. Since what you have seen is the epic start of the comic that we bring you today, one of those works that will eventually become a classic (if it isn’t already). Is about all star supermana trip to the classic Superman by the hand of Grant Morrison
Frank Quitely, who through twelve chapters elevate the character to the category of Olympic god no less. and which, CCP reissued in February in a single volume.
This exceptional story tells us about the last year of life of a dying Superman, who is infected by a strange excess of solar radiation must settle all his unfinished business, say goodbye to his family and friends, leave Earth safely and donate an immortal legacy to the planet that welcomed him. Thus, during those last twelve months of life, the Man of Steel will inadvertently carry out twelve great tasks that will turn his name into legend, making his essence transcend beyond death.
But the thing does not end there, so that this epic is covered with the appropriate aura of mysticism that it pretends to have, the good gentlemen Morrison and Quitely take us to the aesthetics and approach of the Superman of the Silver age (1950s and 1960s). This is the only way to understand his Manichean approaches, his large doses of fantasy and the great technological hyperbole in which this universe lives in vignettes. Oh, and let’s not forget the presence of Superman’s big S embroidered on the hero’s cape as well, of course!
If at this point you are already interested in acquiring it, we tell you its price: 29 euros. Which justify the 328 pages in full color, the extras with sketches and comments from the artists and a paperback binding of the best on the market. But, furthermore, if Eisner Awards of 2006 and 2007 that reward it are not enough to entice you to have it in your library, let the author of this article try to persuade you with his personal criticism.
A Superman for eternity
Despite the tenderness that has always inspired me, I have never been a devoted follower of the Iron Man. That’s the truth. I’ve always felt much more comfortable with heroes like John Constantin, Batman, spider-man, The captain America or even Slaughter. All of them characters with limitations against the unlimited power of the Last Son of Krypton. Nevertheless, all star superman It has made me emotionally involved with the Man of Steel and even values working with him every day, more out of sheer pleasure than out of professional zeal.
The reason? Mainly his story. Grant Morrison does not resort to unexpected twists and turns with modern characters like
Superboy Primenor to extraneous threats such as darkseid
to end the life of the hero. No, instead it goes back to a basic approach: lex luthor like a megalomaniac psychopath, he hatches a plot to kill his enemy and “it works out for him”. Spot.
All this, of course, has the purpose of establishing a parallelism between Kal-El and the Greek heroes, some demigods, who after overcoming harsh ordeals were elevated to the status of deities on the verge of death. Since, more or less, that is what this story tells us. Except instead of Thebes, minotaurs, and a trip down the Styx, we have familiar loci: The Fortress of Solitude, the Daily Planet,
SmallvilleMetropolis…..and regular characters in their most classic versions: Pa and Ma Kent, Jimmy Olsen, Lois LaneBizarro, etc.. As you can see, some elements that any average geek apprentice who has seen the TV series, the movies of Christopher Reeve or even read a loose comic, you can identify and locate.
Although of course, we must not forget that morrison
intends to recreate the Silver age and hence he shoehorned us into little-known heroes like Samsonor the Squad of Supermen, and even nod to the modern Superman by introducing a “doomsday“very sui generis during one of the chapters. Although they are forgivable sins for the sake of a fluid narrative and that aims to surprise the reader at each new plot twist.
On the other hand, paying attention to the visual aspect, Frank Quitely does an outstanding job. From the corporal expression to the great beauty and variety of planes, to the gestural richness of the characters, Quitely embroiders the illustrations. In particular, it is worth highlighting the skill with which he drew
Clark Kent Y Superman separately it manages to trick us into believing that they are two different people. When all she does is put his glasses on or take him off, change the posture of her back and the hairstyle she sports! Amazing!
Of course the digital inking of Jamie Grant also helps a lot. The colorist applies the bases of his work in
We3 to this comic, endowing it with a luminescent aura typical of the most wonderful of Silver age of the comic, so different, pure and innocent with respect to that of its successors. Grant’s skill is so great that the way he plays with lights and takes advantage of Quitely’s brushes and pencils is undoubtedly the third great value of this issue.
As a final reflection, then, we can say that superman all star It is a very complete work, made practically for all audiences. Although unfortunately due to its theme, a horse between Greek myth and metahuman comics, those who will know how to appreciate and enjoy it the most will be those readers with a profile that surpasses those initiated in the world of comics. However, it is also a wise choice for those who wish to delve into and learn about a more serious and higher-quality superhero work than what regular series usually offer.
In addition, thanks to its excellent binding, the quality of the paper is a luxury gift to give to anyone (or to ourselves, if necessary). Since, honestly, the 29 euros that the comic is worth are justified from the first to the last page in what is a story that not only does justice to
Supermanbut also lives up to its legend.
We want to thank the author of this write-up for this outstanding content
We have already (re) read All Star Superman
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