In news that just made me yelp and almost drop my laptop, Amazon has a listing for Absolute All-Star Superman, with a release date set for October 2010!*
It's about friggin' time! I knew I was right to hold out for an Absolute Edition!
I have to admit, it was touch and go there for a while, I was just about months away from breaking down and buying the trades.
Why am I so excited? Quite simply, All-Star Superman was a revelation. Writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely created a Superman tale that was at once completely modern and steeped in the Silver Age. This 12-issue maxi-series (which, one assumes, will be collected in Absolute All-Star Superman — it's 320 pages) set about to examine just what it is that makes Superman so great. Morrison has quite an affinity for Superman — he wrote him fantastically in JLA, and he made a much publicized attempt to take over the entire Superman line with Mark Waid, Mark Millar, and Tom Peyer. And if you've read the first three issues of Batman and Robin or We3 or Flex Mentallo knows that when Frank Quitely draws what Grant Morrison writes, a little bit of magic happens.
Hell, they even found a way to make Bizarro interesting in All-Star Superman.
All-Star Superman earned both Pick of the Week and Book of the Month honors and remains one of iFanboy's favorite books. I've already pre-ordered my Absolute Edition.
Now that my number one most hoped for Absolute Edition is in the works, I will now sit and patiently wait for my second most wanted Absolute Edition: Absolute The Spirit by Darwyn Cooke. C'mon, DC. You know you want to.
*Release dates this far in advance are subject to change and are often pushed back, for various reasons.