This graphic novel collects issues of the superman comics from, in my opinion, the 1990's heyday (roughly 1992-1996) when superman stories were diverse, engaging and full of plot twists. This story includes the 50th issue of Superman:Man Of Steel. Basicaly, Superman is captured by an intergalactic tribunal, which believes in an extreme form of original sin, in that all people are responsible for the actions and sins of their ancestors. Superman is arrested for his ancestor's role in the death of all other Kryptonians when Krypton exploded, but Superman understandably doesn't agree, so breaks out of jail and goes on the run! He ends up with a whole host of odd criminals, not all of whom are as guilty as you might think. Meanwhile on Earth a rescue squad of Superboy, Supergirl, Steel and newcomer Alpha Centurion head off into space to rescue Superman.
The story is great, the artwork is variable but overall quite decent, and the characters are fun; the return of a serious past villain is a good twist. The onlylet down is Mope, an irritating character that (unsuprisingly) mopes around a lot and gets in the way al the time; his final fate is a relief. You don't need to know much about Superman's past stories to enjoy this, so definitley a good buy.