The first of two appearances for the creative team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely on the list (If we hadn't stopped ourselves from adding New X-Men, The Filthand the final issues of The Invisibles, Morrison would've ended up dominating the list - Suffice to say, he's had a pretty good decade), All Star Superman feels at times like the ultimate comic book. Gifted with a sense of wonder, the imagination to go beyond fistfights and soap opera to find a new take on the superhero genre that's nonetheless filled with nods to its past, a sincerity and simplicity that makes it a book that is truly enjoyable for readers of all ages and an execution that - particularly in Frank Quitely's stunning, beautiful artwork - demonstrates a level of mastery and respect for its audience that's genuinely unique in modern superhero comics, All Star Superman returned Superman, however briefly, to the position of being the greatest superhero of them all and made us not only believe that a man could fly again, but also that Clark Kent wasn't the lamest secret identity in fiction.
Retro may have been the way to go with superheroes, this decade; our second choice for Best Superhero Book is DC: The New Frontier, where Darwyn Cooke makes the Justice League of America seem fresh and new again by simply returning the characters to their core concepts and, just as importantly, original time frame and contexts. Admittedly, again, it's all about the execution. Cooke's skill as a cartoonist is almost unmatched these days (Particularly amongst those who make their living in mainstream comics), and it's that level of quality - along with his obvious love for the characters - that makes The New Frontier such a joy to read.