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Title: All-Star Superman
Date: 2005-present

Vitals: Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely create their own zany tribute to the Silver Age Superman, with stories about Superboy, a wackier version of Jimmy Olsen, and the Bizarro world. These pop-sci-fi stories straddle a serious undercurrent: Superman is slowly dying after overexposure to solar radiation.

Famous names: Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Jamie Grant

Crunchy goodness: 5

Elevator pitch: What if instead of Superman's supporting cast "grounding" him as usual, they catapulted him into a psychedelic supernova made of cheese?


The shit: Lex Luthor, in prison, lectures Clark Kent about his hatred of Superman, never realizing whom he's talking to. Luthor is vain, deluded, petty ‚ÄĒ and more magnetic than he's ever been.

Design breakthrough: Superman's trappings look alien and cool for the first time in years. His Fortress of Solitude is huge and over-the-top, containing the Titanic, a space-shuttle and a baby sun-eater. The headquarters of PROJECT is trippy and shiny. And Jimmy gets to wear a crazy iridescent rainbow coat. It's futuristic and colorful.

All Star Superman Review