Yes, I’m still on this subject.  It’s where my heart is.  Deal with it!

The big promo for the power couple has brought out many falsehoods and broken many a Superman and/or a Wonder Woman fan’s heart.

Lee and Johns big promo for the power couple has taken away people’s hope.  Fight back!

1) Vote with your money.  If you have books on your pull list that you don’t enjoy, take them off.  That’s the only way DC Comics will understand how the fanbase feels.

2) Put books on your pull list that you do love the content like Superman Family Adventures and Smallville Season 11 (it’s digital first, too).  These are not new 52 and feature Classic Superman.

3) Write Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and tell her why you think the power couple is a bad idea.

4) see #1

Some thoughts:

So if the power couple is the end-all for Superman and Wonder Woman.  What about their other books?  Superman, Action, Wonder Woman.  Is it just going to be about the power couple now?  Plus they may be adding a 3rd book for Superman this Spring or Summer.  Is it going to be power couple hentai or what?  Are there really THAT many stories to explore with the power hormoned ones?

Why keep Lois Lane and Steve Trevor alive?  DC has friged Lois so many times in the past year, she could be a popsicle crystal in the Fortress of Solitude.

Lobdell is still talking about Clark and Lois for the Superman book.  Here’s what he had to say at SDCC in July:

“I kind of see them as besties, where she might share a tub of Haagen Daas with Clark after having a fight with her boyfriend. A lot of relationships take a long time to happen, when you’re thinking of Clark and Lois you think of them as competitors, but I’m trying to reflect them in a more realistic way. Lois will be very much a part of Clark’s life, just not the only aspect of Clark’s love life.”

“So far, Superman has been about new characters, and now he [Lobdell] wants to do completely new versions of existing characters, treating them as if we’re seeing them for the first time. He’s also concentrating a lot on Clark. Traditionally he’s been shown as a bungling guy. Superman has everything he says analyzed all the time, so he’s guarded, so Clark Kent is going to be more like his id, the guy who doesn’t have to be so guarded and measured all the time, and he can actually have opinions. He’ll be much more honest. He jokes that he’ll be “sexier,” but says there isn’t any sex in it, but “the truth is sexy, so yes.”  Lobdell annoys everybody with his Superman enthusiasm at the office.”

Why have Clark Kent if the Superman in Justice League is basically Mr. Majestic (complete with collar) and doesn’t relate to humans?  What are Superman’s other books going to be about?  Why bother with a nine to five if you can’t relate to humans and you could be power screwing Wonder Woman?   If the books aren’t going to be about the power couple, then there’s an expiration date on the great hormonal hookup.

DC can’t flush 75 years of history from the minds and hearts of fans all over the world.  Who would they sell comics to?  They can however experiment.  See if there are some people who could be fans out there?  Garner interest of some kind.  Having Superman in a relationship without Lois is tricky since generations of people all over the world know that Lois Lane is his soulmate.

Steve Trevor is definitely back and especially in the Justice League book and apparently he will be leading the Justice League of America.  He’s not dead.  Diana thinks he is when she hooks up with wimp ass Clark.  (Smallville fans have seen this before — season 7.  It’s going to be hell.)

Then why all the Lois and Clark will never date stuff?  I remember what Jenette Kahn said about ‘torturing their readers’.  I trust those folks back then more than I trust the 3 currently running DC.   You’re not going to sell books unless you’re committed to the storyline.  But are they making it clear we can’t have it?  What do you do when something you love is taken away?  I fight like hell for it.  And maybe that’s what they want.  They want to shake up Clark and Lois fans (because they are two thirds of the triangle for two) and see their passion.  I say, let’s give it to them  Give them your ire.  Write letters and do steps 1 thru 4.  When a book starts writing what you want to read — add it to your pull list.  Support what you genuinely love.  DC can’t produce books month after month unless they know they have fans who love the characters.

Johns and Lee haven’t outright insulted Lois.   Just curbed her so they can let power couple play out.  That’s right.  Power couple will play out because of Superman and what is core to the character.  Wonder Woman may dump him when she realizes Steve is alive and they can be together, but hopefully (there’s that word again) they will allow Clark to be that alien raised as a Kansas farm boy.  Clark is driven by his heart.  Mega testosterone or not — Clark thinks with his heart first.  That means Lois.  Superman #1 of new 52 showed him dejected because he hadn’t realized she had a ‘boyfriend’.  And Dan Jurgens made the guy less of a jerk and a good journalist so Clark could see what Lois saw in the guy.

Johns developed a very endearing budding romance with Steve and Diana in Justice League.  Classic couples are the best.  Trevor had been missing from the landscape for almost 30 years.  Steve is not in Wonder Woman’s book.  I don’t see Johns destroying that relationship.

Grant Morrison in Action gave us some hope in #12 that he at least leans towards the classic pairing of Superman and Lois Lane.  The triangle for two offers so much more to explore than powers and hormones.  There’s Clark’s secret identity, his love of humans and Lois in particular.  Fighting crime in a cape and with glasses.  Seeking truth and justice.  It’s a beautiful love story of an alien raised by humans who wants to preserve precious life and enjoy the life he has.

Let’s hope DC Comics handles the retelling better than the tabloid sleaze of the power couple promo.


August 29, 2012. Tags: , , , , . BaudyBlahBlahBlah. Leave a comment.

Meanderings of a Miserable Mind

I love Superman.  I especially love Lois Lane.  And Post Crisis Clark Kent reminded me so much of the Golden Age and George Reeves character on Adventures of Superman tv series, that I loved him to death.

Clark and Lois are basically gone from the new 52 — yes, they are in the Superman book more than they are in Action but this is nothing new.  Clark and Lois were taken out of Superman and Action several years before the new 52.  WONK and Grounded anyone?  

So removing Clark and Lois from the narrative is nothing new.  In fact, I dare say DC Comics has been jonesing for this Superman Wonder Woman hookup for a long while.  First they had to prove the marriage was boring — see the mentioned story arcs.  WONK had no Clark and Lois at all.  Grounded had very little.  And a year ago, Didio said they had no writers to write a marriage.  That was evident.

Geoff Johns directed WONK in a meeting with Robinson & Rucka.  I don’t trust Geoff much, not since he had Lana Lang kiss a married Clark in a full page panel in Superman comics.  Even though he was Richard Donner’s assistant, he likes group books better than single heroes.  He wrote for the television series Smallville, one okay episode one good episode and one great episode.  Secret Origins was okay, even had some high notes.  He guided the Green Lantern movie which I liked, but it’s Hal & he’s just not my guy.  

His two compadres are even more untrustworthy — since they tell outright falsehoods to fit their agenda.  Didio is an antagonistic bully with no people skills and Lee says some pretty stupid shit about storylines and characters.

So where am I going with this?  Not sure.

Yes, I understand that the marriage had to go so they could write more stories about Superman since they didn’t have the writers to do it.  But what I don’t understand is changing Superman by taking away his Clark Kent upbringing.  Is DC trying to make Superman a total alien with no discernible memory of his human upbringing other than to mention them once in a while.  The new 52 Superman barely talks the talk and never walks the walk.  He’s a mere shell of himself.  Why?  No Clark.  If you have Clark then you have to have Lois — and the current regime at DC comics appear to think Lois is toxic.

OR – there’s something else going on.

Since the reboot, Clark and Lois have barely had any interaction.  So DC is not willing to have the infamous triangle for two story told right away.  So we get Superman and Wonder Woman hooking up in Justice League — probably the safest place for that experimentation since that relationship was never meant to be.  The promos wreak of elitist genetics and ooze with hormonal compatibility — but what about the heart, the soul, the mind?  

Johns has uplifted Aquaman’s status by telling good stories about a married couple who fight side by side.  Fine, you expect that from Orin and Mera — but Superman, especially, needs to relate to humans and Lois.

We get a lot of Krypton and Superman feeling ‘alienated’ simply because of the Supes Wondy tryst.  This is destroying the Superman books.  Why?  Wonder Woman gets to live her own life in her books.  Steve Trevor hasn’t dared to set foot in them.  

Is Lee making Superman into his Mister Majestic?  That character is basically Superman but without the moral code of not killing.  And he doesn’t deal with humans — he has a powerful girlfriend.  

So all these storylines are setting up for the Trinity War.  ho hum.  If it breaks up Supes Wondy, then bless it. I’m not a team story fan and I hate ‘crises’ which is now labeled a war.  

The 75th anniversary of Superman/Lois/Clark Kent is this Spring & the Man of Steel movie is in June.  Are we going to see the ‘slow burn’ relationship between Clark/Superman in the Superman book heat up for that?  There’s a rumor that Scott Snyder and Jim Lee (not my fav person right now) will be making a Man of Steel comic — I know it won’t match the movie, but will it have Clark and Lois in it?  

Lobdell sounds promising with his Superman ideas but will they let him cut loose so fans can appreciate what he’s doing especially with Clark Kent as journalist and Lois Lane as his partner in more ways than one.

Morrison is leaving Action but I have appreciated some of his nuggets of classic Superman and Lois in Action 12.  In 9 saw his warnings about what the corporation was doing to Superman. Grant leaves with 16 when there will be a lot of creator shifting around.  Andy Diggle has been picked to follow his run.  I don’t like writers for Superman to be picked, would rather they had some proposal for the character.  But maybe editorial wants a lemming to be their typewriter.  Hope not.  I hope he brings something to the Superman story involving all the supporting characters.

I’m hoping once Johns shows why Superman and Wonder Woman doesn’t work, they don’t.  Makes Steve Trevor a big hero — which is fine, I liked Steve Trevor in Justice League until Johns made Diana believe he was dead.  But since he’s still alive that will add an interesting angle to the Trinity War.  He’ll recapture Diana’s heart and Superman will realize he needs humans in his life so he can have a life.  He was raised human, I don’t get how that part of his Kryptonian brain has been scalpeled at the moment.  How much must he sacrifice to make the power couple work?

And I don’t like the Lois getting dumped when she never was dumped.  The promo for the power couple has been very damaging to all characters concerned.  

Creators are leaving DC at a rapid pace grumbling about last second changes, rewrites, concept re-dos.  Some have gone quietly, some snarling and kicking.  The creative process at DC is more like factory work with the production line being shut down frequently.  There doesn’t seem to be protection for creators from ‘unidentified, powerful sources’.  This breaks my heart — because I know most creators will do just that, create if there is a nurturing environment for the process.  

I wish DC would widen the audience.  Take a look at the latest moviegoing stats on mpaa.  Get into the 21st century already.  Be progressive.  Don’t let Marvel lead the way.  Copying their way won’t put DC in front.  They’ll always lag behind if they blame their non-success on the other guy. 

I don’t want my icons destroyed for a bump in book orders — doesn’t matter how many.  If you damage an icon, you’re killing your product and that means no money or love coming in.  You reap what you sow, DC.  That’s karma.  It’s a bitch and it will bite you in the ass if you don’t consider what your consumer wants.

People should consider if they love what they have on their pull list.  If they don’t like the story, then take the book off because you can always put it back on if the publisher actually does start writing a story you want to read.  Meantime, keep your money.  It’s your vote.  Use it wisely.  Show where your heart is.  If you just buy & don’t read or love a book — then you’re the publishers’ slave.  You be the master — comic reader– you have so much power, because the money comes from you.  It’s what they want, but don’t give it to them until they give you what you want first.

I really do love Smallville Season 11.  It’s a great book and treats Superman and his cast with respect and love.  Bryan Q Miller writes a multifaceted story and it’s amazing every single time.  The REAL Superman is in that book.  No question.  Plus Clark and Lois too. 

Superman Family Adventures is a wonderful book. I’m always laughing and smiling while reading it.  Not like the new 52 dreck.   If you want to have books on your pull list, put Smallville Season 11 and Superman Family Adventures on it — won’t have to wait for either of them to get better because they are already THE BEST!

I’m sorry if this reads like a clusterfuck but it’s influenced by the subject matter.







August 27, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . BaudyBlahBlahBlah. Leave a comment.