This week saw the release of the animated version of All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Based on the original 12 mini series released by DC comics from 2005 to 2008 All Star Superman is a fun and moving romp showcasing Superman in his Silver Age glory and to me, revitalizing the character much more-so then the current attempt by J. Michael Straczynski.
Let me start by saying that Superman has been one of my favorite DC characters, ever since the reboot of the DC universe by John Byrne in the 1980’s with Crisis on Infinite Earths. For those that don’t know, John Byrne updated the Superman Mythos to a version that had a infant Kal-El crashing in Smallville, being found by the Kents and only becoming Superman in his later years, meaning that there wasn’t any Superboy. In this version of Superman, the Kryptonian spends his younger years absorbing energy from our yellow sun getting more and more powerful as he gets older. To me this makes the best sense for the character, much more then the all powerful Silver Age version that had Superman having more powers then ever needed just for the sake of having powers. Of course thats all out the window now that DC decided to retro back the Multiverse and Superman’s all powerful persona complete with Superboy adventures, but the entire point of Superman, is that he is the best of humanity even if he isn’t human. Superman is the ultimate hero, no mask, all compassion, pure selfless heroism and All Star Superman succeeds in being that and more. I was so pleased with this new Animated DC movie that I had to take the time to write this right away. Grant Morrison does something he hasn’t, at least in my eyes, been able to do for the last few years and thats write a good story. His recent bout of Final Crisis, Fall/Rise of Batman, international Batman crap has turned me so off from his writing that I thought for sure I’d had this feature but it was SOOOO good I’d recommend it to anyone. In fact I loved it so much there will be no spoilers here. Just check it out if you can, I’m sure you’ll love it!