All-Star Superman, vol. 2

Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artist(s): Frank Quitely
Publisher: DC Comics
ISBN: 978-1401218607
Price: $12.99
Page count: 160
Year Released: 2010
Status: in print
Original Source: All-Star Superman 7-12
Other Collected Edition(s): Absolute edition (ISBN 978-1401229177); hardcover (ISBN 978-1401218379)
Genres: all ages; adventure; science fiction; short stories; superheroes; teen/young adult
Recommended for Fans Of: Superman (the Curt Swan years)
Possibly Objectionable Material: violence
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Also in This Series: preceded by All-Star Superman, vol. 1

Plot Summary
This concluding volume of the All-Star Superman series continues where the first volume left off. Superman is still dying, and Morrison continues to dust off some of Superman's Silver Age tropes that have fallen out of favor ever since superhero comics took a "realistic" turn in the 1990s.

In this volume, Metropolis is invaded by creatures from the Bizarroworld, including Bizarro Superman and the oddly eloquent Zibarro.

Then, Superman meets Bar-El and Lilo, the first astronauts from the planet Krypton, who drifted lost in space for decades before finding their way to Earth. Despite Superman’s excitement at meeting two living legends from his home planet, Bar-El and Lilo disagree with the way Superman has been conducting himself on his adopted planet.

Last but not least, Superman faces his archenemy, Lex Luthor, and Luthor’s secret ally, Solaris the tyrant sun, for the final time.

My Own 2 Cents
As I mentioned on the previous volume’s page, All-Star Superman isn’t for the Superman virgin. Knowledge of his past (and there’s a lot of it) is required to connect with this book on a deeper level. Nonetheless, it’s a fun story with a good concept (i.e., what would Superman, an immortal being, do if he suddenly realized he was going to die?), and Quitely’s gorgeous art makes this series well worth reading.