Simply put, All-Star Superman Vol.1 collects the best Superman stories I have ever read, unless Grant Morrison shines even brighter in upcoming issues. Volume 1 collects the first six issues of the series and every story is a gem spanning one issue each. All-Star Superman is set in a world that is totally free from DC continuity, and this gives Morrison the freedom to do what he likes and to really unchain his fecund imagination to deliver ideas and plotlines that stagger even the most intellectual reader. Usually of a mystical disposition, Morrison succeeds in imbuing these stories with a mythology that brings to mind the Superman of the sixties, but with noticeable differences. Sure, the fortress of solitude is still there (I am still waiting for the bottle-city of Kandor to make an appearance), but the gigantic golden key (pre-Crises, before the DC universe was re-vamped) has been replaced with a normal-sized key that weights thousands of tons as it is composed of super-dense dwarf matter. The superman-robots also make appearances, yet they have been altered by Morrison and the stunning art of Frank Quitely to serve as Superman's servants and fellow lab assistants, and not just stand-ins for Superman whenever Clark has to make an appearance alongside his alter-ego. That's another part I fell in love with all over again: the fact that Superman possesses a super-intellect in addition to his physical abilities (a concept largely forgotten after the John Byrne re-imagining of the Man of Steel in the eighties) and this allows for all manner of insane events and mind-shattering inventions that cause unbelievable havoc every now and then. Another fine addition to the all-star mythos is the League of Supermen which consists of Supermen from different eras (all decendents of the first Superman) and how they protect the timestream from menaces like 'the Chrono-vore,' a being that eats a few seconds of your life. Sure, Morrison portrays Superman as almost almighty, but the reader does get a sense of the crisis to the overall story when the very first issue reveals that Superman is perhaps a little bit more mortal than we think after he is exposed to an enormous amount of solar rays. This forms the entire basis for the series, even forcing Superman to reveal something to Lois which he never would have done otherwise. One of the stories stood out above all the others though, and it bears mention, simply because it stamps Morrison's signature on one of the greatest Supervillians of all time: Lex Luthor. Clark is sent on assignment to interview Luthor on Death Row, and what follows is a hillarious but also shocking tale of escape and insight as Luthor and Clark flee from a crazed Parasite. Luthor's brilliant dialogue ("Did you know Melville's Moby Dick can be recited at frequencies so high that they form a sonic drill capable of digging through concrete?") and insane ego shines brilliantly in this issue, appropriately titled "The Gospel according to Lex Luthor," making this my favorite story of the series so far. Grant Morrison has re-invigorated the Man of Tomorrow, and with the brilliant art of Frank Quitely rounding out every story All-Star Superman will continue to occupy a special place in my bookshelf. Recommended for anyone who loves fantasy, sci-fi, and superheroics done with an intellectual twist.