Thursday, November 18, 2010
Greg's Uncomfortably Enthusiastic Absolute All Star Superman Review
You never forget your first time.
Yesterday, I bought my DC’s Absolute All Star Superman. It was the first Absolute edition I’ve ever gotten.
Now, I’ve bought oversized hardcovers over the years, but I’ve never dipped my toes in the Absolute pond. DC’s Absolutes usually don’t interest me (Absolute Green Lantern: Rebirth? Really?), involve multiple volumes and thus are a little too pricey for me (Planetary), or I already own it in trades and I’m not spending $400 dollars for Absolute versions of it (Hellooooo Absolute Sandman). All-Star Superman, however, is the perfect Absolute book for me.
It’s self-contained. It has beautiful Frank Quitely art. It’s the best Superman story ever and it doesn’t even need a hoodie. It was time to pop my cherry.
After paying my local retailer a hundred odd dollars and promising him a portion of my first born child, I was given the book in a non descript white package. The first thing you notice about it is the heft. Walking home with it on the streets of Baltimore, I felt immense power. Surely I could render any superstitious and cowardly criminal that came my way comatose with but a swing of the weighty tome. Bullets would bounce off it like a thick kryptonian hide.
Yes father, I thought to myself, I shall become a book.
Anyway, after cleaning up the streets of Baltimore, I returned home and opened my package. Its slipcase splits a giant Frank Quitely image between the two sides. It doesn’t even need a superman logo its so damn arty. Inside, the book itself is large, but not cumbersome. Quitely’s wonderful art looks great on the high quality paper, and Morrison’s notes in the back contain some interesting insight into where he drew inspiration for the various parts of the book. I was concerned about how double page spreads would look in a book that large, but they look incredible. With a sewn binding that uses the hairs of unicorns, it opens nearly flat and it looks great.
In short, this is an amazing book. It is the treatment that one of the best comic book stories in recent years, it will let you become a crime fighter, and it may even cure a few diseases. Not that I’m getting carried away or anything.