By Grant Morrison (writer), Frank Quitely (pencils), Jamie Grant (inks/colors)
This is the picture perfect ending to what has become a legendary run. All Star Superman will be missed immensely now that it’s over, and I can say with certainty that reader appreciation will grow as the years pass. DC has stated that the series will return soon, but whomever takes the writing helm will have his or her work cut out for them.
Superman, on the brink of death (he’s suffering from radiation poisoning), manages to muster the will to fight Lex Luthor one last time – all while keeping his identity secret from his co-workers at the Daily Planet. It’s exciting, gripping, and hilarious all at the same time, and the nod to Silver Age ridiculousness is nothing but fun. Superman proves that he can beat Luthor in every way, and it’s somewhat sad, yet gratifying to see Luthor finally accept his fate knowing that no matter what, he cannot and will not ever defeat Superman.
The action is perfectly illustrated by Frank Quitely’s skillful hand, who has done nothing but impress issue after issue. Here, he illustrates the brutal showdown between Supes and Luthor – their final confrontation which, when stripped away, is nothing more than a street fight between two men. It’s a fitting climax and when all’s said and done, our hero flies off one last time in a selfless act to save humanity. And the last two pages? Brilliant.
I’m so sad this one’s over. It’s not just one of the greatest Superman stories ever told, it’s one of the greatest superhero tales of our time. (Grade: A+)
- J. Montes