Just read the whole series on my iPad b/c the whole series was on sale.
I think I just don't really get Morrison. I think he came up with a really cool idea: what If Luthor won and Superman was dying but only he and Supes knew? What would they do? But then there wasn't really a story, just a bunch of bizarre happenings that were tied together with threads from the overarching plot. Which is okay, I guess, or it would have been if i ever knew what was going on. Maybe I just don't know enough about Superman to know what the underverse was or to understand why Superman travelled back in time with other Supermen from to future to fight a time-eating monster with his younger self. Or maybe I don't need to know that stuff and just don't enjoy Morrison's gift for the bizzare. Or maybe I'm just not a Superman guy.
I liked how Clark was constantly saving people through his clumsiness. I liked that Lois didn't believe that Clark was Superman. And I liked the concept of it. But besides that I feel like I wasted $12 and an hour-and-a-half of my life.
My favourite Superman story is still Birthright.
Slott has dumb ideas and makes them fun, Morrison has amazing ideas, but doesn't write them in a way that I find enjoyable.
$12 for one of the greatest comics ever made is a bargain.
I guess it doesn't make sense to recommend this if you just flat out didn't like it, but I've never read a Grant Morrison story that didn't require MULTIPLE read-throughs in order to not only get it but really appreciate it. All-Star Superman might be the exception because it's not as intricate as Batman, New-X-Men, or Seven Soldiers, but there are still tons of little things to pick back up on in subsequent rereads.
I finally re-read All-Star Superman. This time I read it with an eye to the character of Superman: who he is, how he cares about people (which I have been told is the highlight of the series). I liked it better than I did the first time I read it a few years back, but it still doesn't do much for me. Morrison is just too bizzare for my tastes.
Also, I'm not sure I understood the ending... Superman is not really dead, but rainbow coat guy is working on cloning him? Is that right? Why is he not dead? Because of that confusing scene with Jor-El?
The biggest problem with Grant Morrison is to FULLY understand it you need to read everything. All Star Superman ties HEAVILY into DC One Million and at the end of All Star he goes into the sun for a million years and pops out as the Golden Superman we see in DC One Million and in the issue with all the Supermen. Project 2 is Superman Secundus, etc. Morrison has an over arching continuity with his own works, just like Hickman did at Marvel. That's why Final Crisis was so poorly received, you need to read not only Batman, but Seven Soldiers as well as have extensive knowledge of the DC universe as a whole.
I agree, it's an outstanding story all on its own. The tie-ins make it better, sure, but they're not needed.Normally I agree with this - it was certainly true with his Batman and Seven Soldiers runs - but I don't think that's the case with All Star Superman. I think you can read the main story and not that other stuff.
I didn't and I fully understood All Star and loved it.