Friday, January 20, 2006

Quick! Great things about All-Star Superman #2

*Superman's robots--not android replicas, but actual robot versions of himself, with an awesome inverted color scheme.

*The Super-key update. Honestly, so much more intelligent than the giant arrow-shaped key that points at his "secret" fortress.

*How casually Superman discusses all the awesome stuff in his place.

*How there's a sense of weariness and worry about Superman, but that he's trying to mask it from Lois.

*References to the Superman of DC One Million. Does this mean that One Million is no longer the official future history of the regular DCU, but is shifted to the All-Star universe? Or do they just have convergent timelines? Either way, cool.

*Lois's reaction to the news. Fan-freakin'-tastic.

*Frank Quitely.

*The Bluebeard/Cupid & Psyche plot. "Don't go in the back room," with a pleasant twist. It reminds me a lot of some of the older stories in the Showcase Superman collection, except that Superman's not actively testing Lois's fidelity.

Great issue. Can't wait 'til the next one!


Jhunt said...

I'm finding it a lot of fun to watch Morrison play around with the wacky plots and twists of Silver Age Superman stories, while still managing to let his characters interact organically and naturally.

He's really managing to avoid the "cast members as plot puppets" behaviour that shows up in (highly enjoyable in their own right) actaul Silver Age stories.

Melchior del DariƩn said...

Yeah, I've also been impressed with how Morrison totally acknowledges the Silver Age milieu without resorting to ridicule or parody. All Star Supes is a fun read.