[MOVIE vs. COMIC]: All-Star Superman

written by Brooke Trout (May 24, 2019)



All-Star Superman is the literal translation of the All-Star DC series into an actual "All Star" Superman, whereby our hero absorbs the power of the sun. Most fans of Superman are aware of this one-off story by Grant Morrison as it was the Eisner Award Winner for Best New Series (2006). It became essential reading for any fan of this superhero. Without giving too many spoilers, you must know that the basic plot of the story is that Superman, for all of his powers, gets cancer. It's a heavy subject but Morrison manages to write a very poignant and powerful tail.


What's up with the dress? The discontinuity of Lois Lane's dress was distracting. Is it a skort? Is it a skirt? Artist Frank Quietly couldn't seem to decide...

A moment I couldn't get over in the comic was Lois Lane's ever-changing dress length. What woman ties her dress up in a knot just to do some action scenes? Not very likely—either as a fashion statement or for utilitarian reasons. For me, it was just distracting and confusing, and had me flipping back and forth through the pages to see if I missed something in the timeline that would have explained the change in clothing and/or styles. I don't think that was the intent of Grant Morrison!

However, that wasn't the only time I became confused while reading this comic. In that regard, this is one of our first "Movie vs Comic" articles where I actually find the movie to be superior to the comic. The reason why is the skillful adaptation by Frank McDuffie really strips down to the essence of the story, whereas the comic itself is very much all over the place with multiple high concepts that could easily have been divided into their own individual comics.


Go get it boy!

One of my favorite moments in the comic is when Superman plays fetch with his dog. It's definitely not something you see every day, and speaks to the freshness of Grant Morrison's writing. To me, it almost seemed like Morrison sat down and brainstormed every single idea he could possibly come up with in regards to the legend of Superman, and then tried to cram all of those ideas into one epic comic. Sometimes, it works, and sometimes it doesn't, but overall you can not deny that you are getting something truly original here.


Too much Superman!

Although central to the comic's plot by the time, we get into multi-verse and multi-timelines; I'm just about to give up on the whole story! Not only do these ideas become hard to follow, the language used is intentionally unreadable as seen in this panel below.


Bad Grammar Superman: Think this is bad? It only gets worse as you continue reading!

Most Superman fans are aware of the existence of Bizarro Superman, just one of many genetic mutations of the one and only. The infantile language used by Bizarro Superman only gets more and more diluted until you can honestly just glance over it, because it makes no sense. The entire point of it is that this parallel dimension, or universe, is the polar opposite of that on Earth, and therefore the language is negative both in context and form. No, understandable! Yes, confusing! Do you follow? I hardly could! Thank goodness for the cartoon movie to lessen this confusion by again stripping down the story to its essential core.


It doesn't get much better than an army of Super-robots!

My final favorite moment in the comic is of Superman flying in a radioactive protective suit flanked by robotic supermen. He doesn't give up even to the bitter end where he knows that he is going to die. This comic is definitely a tear jerker, and will have you feeling like applauding at true heroism that signifies this classic comic book character.


The animation in the film really did the comic justice...


...The Ultra-Sphinx really comes to life on the screen.

One of the main reasons why I personally enjoyed the movie more than the comic was because, stylistically, it was visually similar but also the animation was strikingly beautiful. And in case you wondered, the adaptation isn't so different to ruffle feathers. One of the most beautiful moments in the comic, a kiss between Superman and Lois Lane, is amplified in the movie again by the glorious animation. I truly believe in this circumstance the movie is better than the comic.


It's hard to tell which of the above frames is from the movie and which is from the comic!


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