This is possibly the only Superman comic you'll ever need to read. Miller goes to great lengths to not only create a scientifically plausible Superman, but one that feels more human, and less like a perfect, invincible being. Superman derives his power from the sun, and it is this which can bring him down, so with his death looming over him, he gains a vulnerability of character that he has never had before. In the time he has left, he seeks to do those things he can, this namely involves Lois and preparing for the future. Even in such a state he continues to be strong, but there is one loss that shakes him deeply. However, villains don't rest, and Superman must face a variety of challenges. Many of these require brains rather than brawn to solve, which is a side we rarely get to see of him...that of the scientist's son. Colours and backgrounds both give a solemn atmosphere that nicely complements this contemplative story. Each frame, and each image is deliberately laid out in ways that portray his superior aspects; some imply actions, while at others we see how he "clumsily" averts tragedy "by chance". Certain panels also have a time lapse that is masterfully portrayed. Superman's greatest moments actually come when he, as Clark Kent, must save someone without arousing suspicion in them. By hiding his actions under the guise of an oaf, we see how clever he is from the contrasting results. Truly brilliant in every way. This is the Superman story, for even those that don't like Superman.

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