Which is The Truth?

Two articles by Lois Lane —

Action #35 is the only time Greg Pak was allowed to use Lois Lane in Action Comics.  It was the Doomed Aftermath issue which also gave us a sneak peek to Convergence.

In this issue Beardo Superman returns after being 60 days in a black hole putting DoomyBrainiac somewhere.  Somewhat weakened, he finds Kara has taken up the slack while he is gone.  The Fortress of Solitude has been destroyed.  The phantom zone projector imploded (thanks to Wonder Woman) and the Bottled City of Kandor is gone (later to be seen in Batman Superman arc just previous to DCYou Truth)

 

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During Doomed, Wonder Woman stepped into the Phantom Zone (after Mongul & Non retreated back into the PZ because they saw Batman was in the house . . . Fortress of Solitude).  She used War World (which was in the PZ because Superman and Wonder Woman had created a nuclear bomb to get it in there) as a weapon against Brainiac thus destroying the Fortress of Solitude.  We have not seen Mongul or Non since.

However, the Phantom King aka Xa Du, was very active in the Batman Superman arc along with the Kandorians.  Again, this was just previous to the start of the Truth arc.

Clark Kent then takes a bus to Smallville to check on the folks there.  Lana’s parents died during the Doomed arc.  A grudge she constantly reiterated in the Horrorville arc which occurred in Action Comics after this issue and just previous to Truth.  Ultrahumanite and the menagerie appeared in that story.  An explanation of how they escaped the PZ or FOS was given.

He next goes to Wayne Manor to talk to Bruce Wayne, who tells him to lay low and go home.  Notice Superman/Clark did not go visit Wonder Woman first or second or even third.

With the guilt of Lana’s dead parents upon him and realizing Bruce is probably right.  He is a menace.  Clark Kent goes to his apartment and writes a post on his blog.  Since he wrote less than a handful of articles, this is significant.  “Who Needs Superman, Anyway?”

Lois Lane is mad as hell about him writing an Anti-Superman article.  She knows his & Cat’s blog is in financial trouble (since he doesn’t write much), but WTF?  Clark is only worried about her knowing his secret – which she handled beautifully throughout the Doomed arc.  She lays down a gauntlet and writes her own article. This was a 2 page spread and a full panel page.  Very important.

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Loisretort3supremacistsThe Supremacists recently showed up in  the Truth arc in Batman/Superman.

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Clark seemingly ignores Lois’ faith in him and goes to Smallville to experience Horrorville for six months.

Lois Lane is a true believer.  That fact was established in the Doomed story and Action 35, the only time Greg Pak has been allowed to use Lois in that book.  (that always bears repeating)

Now we get this drivel.  Not within a book of the Truth arc, but a poster sold separately in comic book shops.

Notice this is written by Lois Lane, Staff Writer.  (Not even Staff Reporter.  I guess it could have been worse & said Cub Reporter.)  Apparently Gene Luen Yang, new Superman writer, has given Lois a demotion. (and of course, editorial approved it.)  Is she no longer a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist established in the new 52?

For easier reading–

Superman, the survivor of the doomed planet Krypton and Earth’s most recognizable superhero, led a double life. For years, he secretly dwelt among us as reporter Clark Kent, a former employee of this newspaper. Many who once admired him now question his motives for creating a fake persona.

Previously, no one suspected that Superman had a secret identity. Unlike other costumed crime fighters, he did not wear a mask. Incredibly, the Last Son of Krypton was able to disguise himself as a human by putting on an ordinary pair of glasses.

Superman first came to public attention five years ago when he saved Metropolis from the threat of another alien, a supremely intelligent being called Brainiac. During their battle, Superman demonstrated his many otherworldly abilities: superhuman strength, heat vision, cold breath, and flight. He has since defended humankind from countless threats, and now has admirers around the globe.

Not everyone is a fan, however. Some community leaders argue that Superman poses a potentialdanger. “Our government officials are accountable to voters. l’m accountable to my stockholders. Superman is the most powerful being on the planet. Who is he accountable to?” asked Lex Luthor, CEO of LexCorp and longtime critic of Superman.

“It’s absurd that we put as much trust in him as we do,” said metahuman expert Emil Hamilton. “When it comes down to it, we don’t know a thing about him.”

Hamilton believes that the Man of Steel is fundamentally unstable. “Superman’s power levels seem to fluctuate wildly for unknown reasons,” he explained. And there’s a growing body of evidence that shows he can expel immense amounts of energy, effectively turning his body into a bomb.”

The revelation of Superman’s secret life raises concerns for even his most ardent supporters. Did he pose as a reporter to gain access to information resources? Was it to keep an eye on the world for its own protection, or did he have another, less benevolent agenda?

Public records indicate that Clark Kent grew up in Smallville, Kansas. He is the adopted son of Martha and Jonathan Kent, a married couple who owned and operated a small independent farm. Both Martha and Jonathan were killed in a car accident almost a decade ago. Because so little is known about Kent’s childhood, some speculate that the person known as Clark Kent is a complete fabrication of Superman’s.

“That alien can literally move mountains. You’re telling me he can’t fake some adoption papers and school records?” said Liz Meuller, founder of the online activist group Humans Only.

Superman resigned from his position at this newspaper after his secret was made public. His current whereabouts are unknown.

So now humanity no longer is inspired by Superman.  They have a hate group known as Humans Only.  And therefore, will Superman be inspired by humanity, especially now that Lois Lane has outted him?  Gone is the principle:  Superman inspires humanity to aspire.  Clark Kent is no longer the extraordinary within the ordinary.

This Truth story is being told backwards.  We won’t find out WHY Lois did what she did until the last Wed in August.  Oooo cleverness abounds #sarcasm  Fans are being taken through a maelstrom of despair and destruction of our hero during the summer.  Does the world need this?

On the verge of a world world in 1938, Siegel and Shuster gave us a hero, who had an immigrant story, a love story, and I would argue that it was also an adoption story.  This brought people together.  It inspired readers.  They related to his being an immigrant, his love for Lois and humanity, and later to his adoption by the Kents. Now in 2015, on the precipice of another world war, DCE (Deceitful, Corrupt Evil) is giving us a nearly 8 decades old legend stripped of everything he is known for.  And who now is viewed by humanity as a symbol of separation and aversion.

Well done, DCE #sarcasm.

Superman is no longer a symbol of hope.  He is to be feared because he is different.  Not loved because he has saved the world countless times.  No longer relatable because his history of living side by side with humanity is wiped away issue by issue.

Why do Superman fans deserve this?  Why does the world need this in the universal consciousness?

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June 19, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman.

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