DC Multiverse Collected Editions Reviews


By Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely

The Underverse ruled by Bizarros. The time-eating Chronovore. Jimmy Olsen, superhero? Nothing is impossible in ALL-STAR SUPERMAN. Except for the fact that Superman… is dying. Now with time running against him, the Man of Steel must tie up loose ends and make sure that he leaves the Earth better than he found it. The unstoppable creative team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely join forces once more to take Superman back to basics. In an emotionally and visually stunning graphic novel harkening back to a Golden Age of comics, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN creates a new, and at the same time familiar, take on the world’s first superhero. This now-classic graphic novel features Superman’s renowned supporting cast, including Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro, Perry White and of course, his greatest foe Lex Luthor.

Collects All-Star Superman (2006) #1-12

“When something’s hailed as possibly the greatest Superman stories of all time, how can it possibly live up to the hype? It’s virtually unachievable. But with Frank Quitely providing the art, All-Star Superman is hyper-detailed and stunningly cinematic. Grant Morrison gives us a story that brings Superman face-to-face with his mortality, as well as a bunch of made up pseudo-scientific terms that sound cool but don’t really mean anything. And it was all going swimmingly until Grant Morrison got a little too Grant Morrison on the Bizarro issues which are almost unreadable. Not the ending I was hoping for. Still, the Absolute Edition includes some fantastic extras – it’s always a pleasure to see Frank Quitely’s creative process, especially in Absolute size.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

—Dave Molyneaux, Omniverse Comics Guide


By Marv Wolfman, Claudio Castellini

Before he became Superman, Clark Kent was living in a cockroach-infested apartment trying to find a job as a reporter in the big city of Metropolis. If he can’t get his life together as Clark Kent, how will he ever become Superman? This new edition presents the four-chapter one-shot.

Collects Man and Superman 100-page Super Spectacular (2019) #1

“It doesn’t just answer all those questions about Superman – why he digs Lois, how he became a top-tier reporter, why he moved to Metropolis – it does it in a way that completely humanises an all-powerful super-alien. Is it ‘in-continuity’? Does it matter when it’s good? The Deluxe Edition doesn’t have any additional issues, just script pages, character sketches and more Castellini art. Fine with me!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

—Dave Molyneaux, Omniverse Comics Guide


By Darwyn Cooke, Tim Sale

Legendary, award-winning creator Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) joins forces with acclaimed artist Tim Sale for this classic, unforgettable story of Superman’s first encounter with Kryptonite – the radioactive chunks of his home planet which can kill him – and how it changed his life forever! And even if the Man of Steel can survive, will he be able to save Lois Lane from the clutches of a mysterious stranger?

Collects Superman Confidential (2007) #1-5, 11

“Taking place outside of regular (post-Crisis) continuity (presumably), Kryptonite pairs writer Darwyn Cooke with artist Tim Sale for a different spin on Clark Kent discovering his origins and the fate of his world. It’s a different Superman to any I’ve seen before and an interesting examination of how the Man of Steel perceives himself. Despite wishing Darwyn Cooke had also drawn the series, Tim Sale is still a good fit for Cooke’s tale.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

—Dave Molyneaux, Omniverse Comics Guide


By Paul Dini, Alex Ross

As the holiday season approaches, Clark Kent reflects on the poverty suffered by so many throughout the world and decides to use his vast power to feed the starving and impoverished masses. As Superman sets out to accomplish the impossible, he encounters unexpected resistance to his humanitarian efforts.

Original graphic novel (1998)

“A story of hope without the naivety. Superman tries to solve world hunger in this morality play by Paul Dini and Alex Ross that explains why these all-powerful heroes don’t solve the world’s biggest problems. Not a bad story, but I found the text over the images both hard to read and a little emotionally detached”

⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

—Dave Molyneaux, Omniverse Comics Guide


By Mark Russell, Mike Allred, Laura Allred

Meet Clark Kent, a young reporter who just learned that the world will soon come to an end and there is nothing he can do to save it. Sounds like a job for his alter ego…Superman! 

After years of standing idle, the young man from Krypton defies the wishes of his fathers to come out to the world as the first superhero of the Space Age. As each decade passes and each new danger emerges, he wonders if this is the one that will kill him and everyone he loves. Superman realizes that even good intentions are not without their backlash as the world around him transforms into a place as determined to destroy itself as he is to save it. 

Collects Superman: Space Age (2022) #1-3

“We follow Superman, Lois Lane and Batman through the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s and a number of deeply philosophical moments while an impending doom lurks in the background. But just as you can expect with the creative team, Mark Russell and the Allreds, there are a lot of witty moments and real life references. Make no mistake, Mike Allred’s playful, gorgeous art and Russell’s humour still manage to make enough room to make SPACE AGE warm and heartfelt – even putting your own personal losses into perspective. And yet everything stays balanced, without jumping from one tone to another. Russell and the Allreds bring their A-game to the table in this stand-alone saga. There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be reading this story!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

—Lav, @lav_and_leia

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