Comic Book / Superman for All Seasons

Superman for All Seasons is a 4-issue comic book limited series written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale, originally published by DC Comics in 1998. With a theme dealing with seasons, the artwork contains many influences from that of Norman Rockwell. The story also parallels the events from Superman's then-origin story John Byrne's The Man of Steel, though it can be read on its own.

Tropes associated with this work:

  • Bookend: The ending of the first issue has Superman saving a little boy from falling. He encounters the same boy at the end of the final one.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Supes goes through one of these after the events of the third issue and returns to Smallville for a while to clear his head.
  • P.O.V. Sequel: Each issue is told from the viewpoint of a different character. Specifically, Jonathan Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor and Lana Lang.
  • Scenery Porn: they wanted to achieve Norman Rockwell -feel with Smallville locations. They pulled it off.
  • Thematic Series: A DC icon, by Loeb and Sale, in a story that ties into the post-Crisis origin story and uses a yearly cycle for the issues? It certainly has thematic similarities to The Long Halloween.