Monday, July 18, 2011

Volume 2, Number 1

I have no idea what DC is doing with Superman. They say they're going to make him "edgy" and "brooding." I guess that sort of thing has its place. And maybe there are some people who will enjoy that kind of Superman. After all, there is no single Superman. Since 1938 there have been dozens of different iterations of the character, and I suppose any one is as valid as any other.

But the Superman they're talking about for the new Action Comics isn't the kind of Superman I think I want to read about. That leads to the question: is it the sort of Superman that other people want to read about? Because everything DC has said indicates that they're trying to bring in new people with this relaunch. Is a solitary, brooding Superman what the general public wants?

Maybe it is. After all, Batman is arguably DC's most popular character. And people seem to think that he's a solitary, brooding character. Even though he's not really solitary. I mean, the man has a butler, four sons, police allies, a love interest who dresses as a cat, and is best friends with Superman.

Well, he used to be, anyway. Maybe isolating Superman and putting a spotlight on his alien origins will make him be a more popular character. Because putting him in a t-shirt isn't going to do it...

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3 Comments:

At 12:15 AM, OpenID Renophaston said...

I'm thinking the name "Superman" is going to be used sarcastically in the DCnU.

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Let's see, they're dumping Lois, probably Jimmy, the Kents are dead...and Superman is going to have angst. Oh I can hardly WAIT to read this!

Or...not.

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger Scipio said...

Hey, reality check, Ryan; in the Silver Age on, the man had a FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE. To get away from humanity.

He had NO civilian confidantes. Spent a lot of time deceiving them.

I think you just may be surprise how different this Superman ISN'T.

 

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