I regard this series as probably the best comic series of the past decade, and perhaps the best Superman series ever. It must be said, I'm not normally that much of a Superman fan, not, because the character is a goody, goody, boy scout type character, something which most critics of the character seem to constantly bemoan, but rather because I think most everything that can be done with the oldest and most recognisable superhero in all of fiction, has been done. Grant Morrison proves however, that there is life in the old dog yet!
Morrison gives us a refreshing view on Superman for the new millenium, a character who has a universal philosophy and lives by it, spinning a story that draws from classic myth, modern philosophy as well as the superhero Gold and Silver Comic Ages. Just as Jesus was an inspiration for an entire religion, the Superman in this book is meant as a modern day, non-religious, messianic inspiration, the ideal human, perfect in philosophy and action, and something we should all aspire to.
This actual absolute edition, is beautifully packaged with a new cover by Quietly, in an oversized format, I've fallen in love with this work all over again. I'm not one to spend money repeatedly on the same piece of work, but the fact that I own all of the original comics as well as the two hardbound volumes and now this Absolute edition, perhaps indicates just how much I care for this work.
While an oversized representation of the original material would have been enough for me, the true treasure, perhaps as per all Absolute editions, is the additional sketches, anecdotes and write-ups that Morrison and Quitely offer us at the back of the book. Through these, the reader is given a more holistic understanding of what Morrison was trying to achieve here, and while not everything is spelled out for us, the additional background material only enhances the enjoyment of this tragic tale.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough!