We have to admit it: Not many great superhero comics have come out in the last decade. Marvel has had some middling success with the Ultimate Universe and Civil War, and DC created a minor stir with Infinite Crisis and 52, but nothing has really compared to the creative smorgasbord that was the ‘80s. However, in 2005, Grant Morrison yet again revitalized the comic book industry with his love letter to the Silver Age, All Star Superman.

All Star revolves around Superman dealing with his own mortality and how he slowly prepares the people in his life, along with the rest of his world, for his death. Along the way, Supes fights against Bizarro, creates a micro-Earth, cures countless diseases, reignites the Sun, and gets busy with Lois Lane, all without scuffing up his costume.

Focusing on the timeless elements that made the Man of Steel popular in the first place, All Star doesn’t just reboot the character or pit Superman against some mindless alien; instead, the book transcends superhero comics and delivers whimsical sci-fi/fantasy along with ultra-nuanced art by Frank Quitely. There is also an incredible amount of heart in this book that would bring some mist to even the most jaded eye.

This is a book that somehow presents a completely fresh take on a 60-plus-year-old character and reminds people how good comics should be.