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Comic Book / All-Star DC Comics

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DC Comics' first answer to Ultimate Marvel. In 2005, DC decided to establish a new line of titles that will re-interpret its heroes.

All-Star's purpose is a bit different, though. Instead of creating a second DC Universe, the focus is on taking an "all star" lineup of the biggest comic creators, and giving them the freedom to do whatever they like with DC's most iconic heroes. Thus, the All-Star books are all totally self-contained, with no connection to each other or to any other previous continuity (although both creators have connected them to previous works).


Only two titles were released in this series: All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder and All-Star Superman. Reception for both is as different as night and day. While Frank Quitely and Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman has been well received, won a pile of industry awards, and is generally considered one of the best things to happen to Superman in years, All-Star Batman has received derision for its hilariously awful dialogue, Sociopathic Hero cast, and the fact that most characters act nothing like they do in the original comics, plus, its constant slipping schedule didn't help matters at all; as of this writing, the ASBAR seems to have become an Orphaned Series. Some have argued that Frank Miller is doing a Stealth Parody of himself (though he did say that ASBAR is canon with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), while others just think he has lost his mind.


Adam Hughes was tapped to write and draw All-Star Wonder Woman to round out DC's big three. She was due sometime in 2009.

The line seems to have been discontinued altogether in favor of the Earth One line, which is an Ultimate Universe that serves as a Shared Universe.

In 2016-2017, Scott Snyder wrote a new All-Star Batman series as part of the Rebirth line, primary inspired by his love of All-Star Superman. This series was not a continuation of Miller's All-Star Batman despite the title, as Snyder points out there has never been an All-Star Batman, only All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder.


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