All week long we will feature brand-new Cool Superman Comic Book Moments (all from the 75 Greatest Superman Stories of All-Time). Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I've featured so far over the years.
Today we finish up with a look at the finale to All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.
The gist of All-Star Superman is that Lex Luthor has poisoned Superman, slowly turning his body into essentially solar energy. Superman has only a year to die. He spends that year doing various cool things. In the end. he is near death and Lex Luthor has used a serum he stole from Superman to give himself Superman's powers for 24 hours.
Superman, though, fights back with a gravity gun that he took from his Fortress. It warps time around Lex, making the 24 hours go by faster than normal. Before he loses his powers, though, Lex gets to see the world the way that Superman does...
What a great concept that was.
So anyhow, time is now running out on the world (which is about to lose the sun, as it has been poisoned by a villain allied with Luthor), but in a little bit of irony, Luthor turning Superman into solar energy, while killing Superman, will also allow Superman to save the sun and thus, the world...
Beautiful work by both Morrison and Quitely (Superman is later seen IN the sun, sort of creating an artificial heart for the sun. It implies that Superman might be able to return someday, which we eventually see, sort of, in DC One Million).