By Grant Morrison (writer), Frank Quitely (artist), and Jamie Grant (colorist)
Coming into my this issue my expectations were raised through the roof. It seemed like Grant Morrison was out-doing himself as each issue progressed. I’ll make no bones about it, either: All Star Superman #10 was the best single issue of any series that I’ve read all year. So yeah, I was hoping for more of the same with this issue.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t succeed.
That’s not to say All Star Superman #11 is a failure, it’s quite the opposite. I just wanted more of Superman preparing the world for his departure. And he does some more of it in this issue, but this is more Lex Luthor’s story than anyone. As brilliant as Luthor is, he’s never been able to really defeat Superman. With Superman’s impending death just days away, Luthor makes a last ditch effort to defeat his old nemesis himself.
Playing this story par for the course, Morrison fills it with lots of wacky Silver Age concepts that are both rousing and entertaining. The fact that Luthor throws a “living star” at Superman in hopes of creating a spectacular loss is just one of those outlandish ideas that only Grant Morrison could get away with. Despite the crazy logic, it’s presented in such a way that it works, and boy is it fun!
As plain and simple as Frank Quitely’s art looks, there’s an incredible amount of substance in the way he uses negative space and scope. There really isn’t another artist like him working in the industry right now and he’s one of the few mainstream artists that can get away with using such minimalism. Jamie Grant has always made this book pop with his coloring. The vivid palette gives this book a life of its own and adds to its charm. With next issue wrapping up this creative team’s run, I’m bracing myself for a hell of an ending. I’m really going to be sad to see this series end. You can’t go wrong with any issue in this series. Pick them all up! (Grade: A)
– J. Montes