In Superman’s seventy-five plus year history, Landis’ American Alien is the only series that comes close to All-Star in so completely capturing so much of what’s core to the character.
Clark’s emigration from Smallville to Metropolis changed him as profoundly as his escape from Krypton to Earth.
Dawn of Justice is the greatest telling of the Greatest Story Ever Told.
“I teach you the Superman! Mankind is something to be overcome…The Superman is the meaning of the earth.”
No comic book reader with even a cursory knowledge of the history of the medium could deny the importance of Neal Adams contributions in the past. Alongside his most notable co-creator, Dennis O’Neil, Adams was instrumental in reestablishing a more serious tone for Batman, a necessary tonic after the high camp of the Adam West…
The sublimity of Landis’ script is that such interconnectedness never comes across as contrivances. Every familiar face that interacts with Clark progresses the plot while keeping true to their character.
Clark Kent is not Superman’s identity as a man, but rather his identification with Man, a daily exercise in humility for the individual for whom that virtue is more important than for anyone else.
Superman transfigures into pure light, ascends to the heavens, and makes his dwelling in the Sun until his promised return. He is in this way Ra, Apollo, and, most obviously, Christ.
Easily the best Superman story since All-Star… navigating successfully between being reverently referential and refreshingly original