By Grant Morrison (writer), Frank Quitely (pencils), Jamie Grant (colors)
Jim Lee’s Superman run was incredible on the art front, but this is the first Superman story that has actually blown me away. Grant Morrison does what he does best: He creates a perfectly crafted tale that touches on all fronts of classic comic book storytelling. Superman is dying and the emotional note gravitates heavily to the reader. This is not a Doomsday story, this is about The Man of Steel dealing with radiation poisoning. As those around him try to find a cure, Superman wastes no time being self-indulgant. There is some time spent “preparing” for the inevitable, but he mostly carries on per usual, helping those in need.
Much like the rest of this series, this issue shows off the greatness and the scientist that is Superman. Often, he gets a lot of flack when compared to the ingenuity of Batman, but in this All Star book, we’re shown just how smart and human he really is. This is all pounded further home by Frank Quitely’s pencils which resonate the posture, emotions, and actions of each character housed within this book. And while he’s guilty of leaving a lot of his panels devoid of backgrounds, the tone he sets more than makes up for this deficiency.
Normally, a bi-monthly book like this would bother me, but because Morrison manages to keep stories somewhat self-contained (while keeping an underlying story arc), it’s very easy to jump back on aboard. This issue is the most personal and moving stories of the series thus far. It’s also the best. (Grade: A+)
– J. Montes