PANELS OF THE WEEK 9/14/16

ACTION COMICS:  Who/What is Clark Kent?

Written by Dan ‘the Man’ Jurgens with art by Patrick Zircher.

Did Mystery Clark who showed up in Action 957 know new 52 Lois Lane?  We never saw them meet on panel.  We were promised new 52 Lois would be Superwoman.  That lasted one issue and then she was dust.  So is this a clone with neuro programming or is this the Real new 52 Superman without his powers?

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The story Clark & Perry are talking about is last year’s DCYou storyline where Lois Lane was promoted as a betrayer of Superman’s dual identity.  New 52’s last nuclear blast at the Superman mythology.  And probably the reason for Rebirth.

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Clark uses closing time as a distraction so he can enter GENETICRON.  With a name like that it must have to do with genetics and time.  Mystery CK seems to know new 52 Lois Lane pretty well.

I highly recommend BUYING Action Comics from 957 on.  Put it on your pull list. 

For history buffs, see if you can find this 4 part arc by Maggin & Bates in the classic section of your LCS.  It begins with Superman v1 #296.

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Clark may be depowered while wearing the glasses but he has all the confidence of a super man.  He impresses Lois Lane & they have a dinner of beef bourguignon.  That’s right, it was in this arc where Lois and Clark’s code word for whoopie started.

NEW SUPER-MAN  Who is that wearing the S?

The Chinese Super-Man and his ‘Justice League’ counterparts are in as secret base under the sea.

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Is this the real new 52 Superman?  Or is this a red herring?  We know Grant Morrison’s Action stories stayed in the first year of the new 52.  The other #1’s jumped 5 years ahead.  Dr. Omen in this story has dealt with genetics.  Superwoman (not Lois) book mentioned Lex & Lena’s prisons were experimenting on villains.  It just gets curiouser and curiouser.

WONDER WOMAN YEAR ONE: The Beauty of WonderTrev

Greg Rucka is writing Diana’s origins in this storyline drawn by Nicola Scott.

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Looks like a lot of understanding to me on a whole lot of levels.

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Did I mention the Amazons gave Steve his appendix back? Thanks, Nicola!

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In Rucka’s other storyline, THE LIES, we see Diana and Steve in the present.  The mystery of the mugshot is now solved in Wonder Woman #6.  Trevor carries this picture with him through the heat of battle.  Liam Sharp is responsible for the beauty of Diana and Steve in The Lies storyline.

Highly recommend you BUYING Wonder Woman.  Both storylines and art are (insert most fabulous word you can think of).

TITAN COMICS:  DOCTOR WHO THE THIRD DOCTOR: Bessie & Oh Shit!!!  **SPOILERS**

Paul Cornell’s first issue came out this week.  Jon Pertwee was my first Doctor Who.  Still is.  Some of you may be watching his son, Sean, as Alfred on GOTHAM.  I also loved Pertwee’s car, Bessie.

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There were actually a few “Oh Shits!” in this first issue.  My son’s favorite Doctor showed up.  But what made me squee  the most —

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Oh yea.  THE Master. The REAL one. YES YES YES!!!

Highly recommend this series.  Cornell has written some of the best Doctor Who television episodes.  He is a master.

Hope everyone had a good comic book week.  Hope there was something in some book that made you feel and wanting more.

This Saturday at 5pm EDT on talkshoe .Tej and I will be doing our G2FACTOR HARDCORE podcast.  We do reviews of comic books and DC movie news.  This week we’ll be doing Action Comics 963, Wonder Woman #6 with some other mentions.  Our PSR this week will be Superwoman #2.  A PSR is a Public Service Review for those people who won’t read the comic for their own mental health but want to know what’s going on.  We supply that service.

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September 14, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

Why new 52 Failed

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It didn’t fail you say?  Then why did Action Comics’ (the former flagship of the DCU) order numbers fall to all time lows?  Why have Future’s End, Convergence, and Rebirth if the new 52 was doing so great?

The problem with new 52 was DC Entertainment didn’t understand the fundamentals of building a DC Universe.  Not a Wildstorm or a Marvel universe, but a DC UNIVERSE!

Yes, the new 52 had the ‘characters’ dressed in new costumes and it had a lot of splashpages.  But what it didn’t have was full throttle mythologies.  The new 52 was the experiment from hell, complete with a five year gap, no character development, and lots of infighting behind the scenes.  There was no clear vision.  There was no destination or a road map.  Connection between story and legend was gone.

First fundamental of any DC Universe — you have to have Clark/Lois/Superman.  Take a look at the panels above.  This shows why people have loved this story/character/legend/icons for generations.

New 52 barely lasted 5 years because they obliterated this fundamental.

Clark Kent wants Lois Lane.  He’s a stranger from a distant plant and he’s not disinterested.  He thinks humanity (and Earth girls) are great because he’s met Lois Lane.  Sure, she has her flaws (as every good character should).  But her flaws endear her to him.  He could have any woman in the multiverse.  He chooses and desires LOIS LANE.

This makes the dual identity a plethora for stories and character development for Clark.  It also catalysts the triangle for two which also gives readers insight into how this extraordinary being functions in a normal human world.  He desires a human existence because of Lois Lane (at first) and the Kents (who were written about much later).

The DC Universe would never have gotten off the ground if it wasn’t for Action Comics #1, 1938.  No Batman. No Wonder Woman.  No purchasing other comic companies with characters inspired by Superman.  No such word as superhero.

To give you an example, here is a panel from Action #1, 1938:

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Clark has finally gotten Lois Lane to say yes to a date.  Unfortunately the mobster wants to dance with Lois.  Despite her resistance to the idea, Clark still yields (because he’s not acting as Superman).  But Lois doesn’t yield.  She defends herself.  Within this panel, we see the dual identity and the triangle for two.  Clark/Superman knows Lois Lane is the woman for him despite what he says aloud.  He’s proud of her.  Admires her Chutzpah.  Lois Lane slaps a mobster because she doesn’t take shit from anybody.  Including Superman/Clark Kent.

I can just hear it now.  But in the Silver Age . . .   Even in the Silver Age the DC Universe was founded on Clark/Lois/Superman.  The Lois Lane comic was one of it’s best sellers for years.  In the Bronze Age, they brought back Golden Age Clark and Lois as a married couple.  It was called Earth 2.  The start of the Multiverse.  Clark & Lois are just that powerful of characters – they build universes.

So when new 52 made Superman nothing but a battling alien with no real Clark Kent identity or human ‘tethers’ like Lois, we knew this universe was doomed to fail.  Reducing the mythology just to Superman was never the point or the original creation.  When there are no “human tethers” or humanity, there’s not reader connection to the character or story.

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Same issue as the top panel, World of Krypton #4, 1988.  Superman has brought Lois Lane flowers and is telling her his Kryptonian family history.

This is what the Post Crisis/Pre-Flashpoint Superman is based upon.  A Superman which lasted 25 years. AND he still exists .  .  . He has been in the new 52 (mostly unbeknownst to readers or other characters) for ten years.  WHY?  Because he has a Lois.  And also, a son, Jon, who is both Human and Kryptonian.  The only way to rebuild a failed DC Universe which exiled Clark Kent and Lois Lane is to bring back what a true DC Universe is about.

In the new 52, there were no true love relationships except Animal Man and Aquaman/Mera.  The true iconic loves were as exiled as Clark and Lois.  It was a dismal universe.

In Rebirth those iconic loves are back, all except for new 52 Clark and Lois.  Currently, they’re dead.  Pre-Flashpoint Clark/Superman, Lois and Jon are up front and center.  Action Comics has been revitalized and order numbers are growing instead of plunging (something unheard of after a #1).

Would we like new 52 Superman/Clark and Lois redeemed and resurrected?  Absolutely.  There were writers who wanted to write their true story, but weren’t allowed to by DC Entertainment.

Superman fans as well as their hero believe everyone deserves a second chance.  And maybe that’s what Rebirth is all about.  Getting new 52 Clark and Lois right. Showing that this generation of writers and artists are just as capable of constructing a solid DC Universe as any creators before them.  The fundamental building block.  The dual identity.  The triangle for two.  Hope, aspiration and inspiration.  The full throttle Superman mythology.

Let’s hope Rebirth brings back hope so Superman fans can believe once again.

 

August 23, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , . BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

New 52 Lois Lane is Dead

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They never wanted me  to exist!

Well, the DCE cabal finally got their wish.  No new 52 Lois Lane.

In a bait and switch, Lois Lane is not Superwoman (when she says it, it is in small print).  Lana Lang is Superwoman – when she says it, it’s in 3D red and yellow.  The DCE mobsters wanted a character written and they hired Phil Jimenez to write blahna (aka Lana) as Superwoman.  He’s giving her an extensive group of co-stars including her producer.  Why would an electric engineer need a producer?   blahna is a science reporter for the Daily Star.  Yea, that’s right, new 52 Lois was barely allowed to write anything (or appear in books).  BUT blahna gets a crew, a family (with a brother who had been military), and the supersuit.  blahna remains Lois Lite but now she’s gotten her own SERIES on the corpse of Lois Lane.

New 52 Lois Lane barely thrived under the current DCE regime.  It’s a wonder we got to see her at all.  In the main books, she was not allowed in Action Comics (Lois’s birthplace) during Pak’s stint.  That’s when electrical engineer blahna showed up.

Lois appeared in Action, Superman and Superboy #1s  of the new 52.  Remember there was a five year gap between Action and all the other #1s (except for JL which had the same 5 year gap between issues 6 and 7).  This means that any character development we could have seen was kept from us.  What was happening with Clark/Lois/Superman in that five year gap?   What story did Lois win her Pulitzer for?  Was it putting Lex in prison?

We were told at the beginning of the new 52, Superman would have no human tethers.  Meaning no Clark Kent, the Kents, Lois Lane, and the peeps at the DP.  Now it appears according to Superwoman, it was blahna who trained Clark to be Superman & not the Kents.  Even though they died when Clark was 18.   New 52 Kents were apparently loafers.   Let the neighborhood girl do it.

Remember Andy Diggle taking over Action after Morrison?  He wrote one book and Tony Daniels finished the 3 book arc.  Why did Diggle leave Action so quickly?  At New York Comic Con he was excited to write Lois.  Wanted her with Clark and not Mr. Cardboard JonathOn Carroll.  DCE told him to write the fauxmance (DCE’s idea of a power couple), so he left.  In a writers ‘vetting’ process, he had to submit a year’s worth of storyline.  So DCE was aware of Diggle’s love for the true mythology.  But as we know,  DCE has more dirty tricks than any con artist.

If you have read this blog previously, you know how Lois Lane’s solo book got sabotaged by removing her PR team a month before publication and didn’t bother to tell the creator.

Superman’s 75 anniversary was poorly planned.  If it wasn’t for Scott Snyder, there would be no Superman Unchained.  This had Lois Lane as a key character in the story.  Snyder had finished his work on time.  Artist/co-pub Jim Lee undermined the highly successful book by doing his cancel and re-solicit routine (he had perfected at Wildstorm) only publishing 9 books in 15 months.  At the beginning of the new 52, Lee said books would go out on time no matter what.  As you know that did not happen with a 75th anniversary celebration book featuring Lois Lane.

If you have a mind to, go back to my blog post regarding Jim Lee’s opinions on Lois Lane and Clark Kent excerpted from his website.  He doesn’t think Lois is hot enough.  Thinks Clark as the nurturer is wrong.  In other words, he doesn’t get Clark Kent or Lois Lane and so the new 52 was pretty much void of both characters.

Lois fans begged, cajoled, insisted new 52 Lois Lane get her due.  With Rebirth, DCE seemed to answer that call.  Here!  Here’s Lois on the cover of Superwoman!  As I stated in the opening paragraphs, this was another filthy deception.  A bait and switch.

As we have said many times in the new 52, Batman gets everything, Superman gets nothing.  Now it appears blahna gets everything (including many of Lois’ attributes) and the new 52 Lois Lane is dead.

Phil Jimenez is not to blame.  He was given the character by the DCE kingpins.  This is what he has to work with.  It’s a job.  He is a wonderful writer and he is developing a world – in my opinion – for the wrong character.  blahna has done nothing in the new 52 that Lois didn’t do better.  But new 52 Lois Lane has always been the DCE racketeers favorite punching bag.  (Literally, blahna suckerpunches Lois Lane before Rebirth.)  And therefore, her fans receive the blows also.   The bait and switch proved how thuggish the DCE mafia is and probably will remain so.  Was it vindictiveness because their power couple became known as the fauxmance? Are they that petty?

So the fight continues.  New 52 Lois died pretty much in the same manner as Loser new 52 Superman.  Her last words were about understanding and “Clark.”   (see panel above) So maybe there’s a glimmer of hope.  But in the meantime Lois fans are being asked to withstand the blahnafest after being deliberately blind sided at the end of Superwoman #1.

Personally, I don’t buy books with a dead Lois in them – especially by this regime.  I’m keeping my money.

Just remember there was a reason for Rebirth – the name ‘new 52’ became a scourge in comics.

Rebirth has brought back other couples: Green Arrow/Black Canary, Nightwing/Batgirl, Barry/Iris, Wally/Linda, Arthur/Mera (now engaged) – but there is no new 52 Clark and Lois.  They’re dead.

THE couple that built many ages of comics.  THE couple that was on all the Earths (one and two) during the Bronze age.  THE couple that every crisis was about. GONE.

The new 52 was a dismal failure and needed a Rebirth because the DCE ‘caretakers’ of billion dollar IPs ignored their legacy and reveled in destruction of characters and mythologies.  Change for change sake (and DCE execs prejudices) with a big dash of death culture.

While the rest of the DCU seems to be experiencing a Rebirth, Clark and Lois are dead and the mob at DCE thinks suckerpunching their fans is the right thing to do.

Let me know when the resurrection and revitalization of the greatest love story in print begins.  New 52/Rebirth is going to have to prove they can give the most iconic couple a great modern story.  So far they have utterly failed and disenfranchised fans AGAIN.

BTW, August 17th is Lois Lane’s birthday.  The bludgeoning continues.

August 11, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane. 3 comments.

Journey to (Mr.) Oz

Who is the mysterious Mr. Oz?   If you read DCU Rebirth #1 by Geoff Johns then you know you have seen him before.  Mr. Oz was in Johns’ run of New 52 Superman (issues 32 – 39).

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Whoa!  Great mystery time!

But who was Mr. Oz BEFORE Johns’ run on Superman & Rebirth?

We know that Watchmen had something to do with the creation of new 52 & Rebirth.  So how does someone with the name Mr. Oz relate to that?  Ozymandias and Dr. Manhattan have a discussion at the end of DCU Rebirth.  “Nothing ends, Adrian,” says Manhattan to Ozymandias (aka Adrian Veidt).  Unfortunately Ozymandias looks nothing like Mr. Oz.  So where do we go next?

Who were the Watchmen?  Alan Moore wanted to use the Charlton characters that DC Comics had recently purchased in 1983 for his Watchmen story (beginning of the Dark Age)..  But DC Comics refused as they had other plans for some of the characters.  Moore developed characters for his story loosely based on Charlton characters.  Some of them may be familiar to you.  There were two Nite Owls because there were two Blue Beetles (Dan Garrett and Ted Kord).  Doctor Manhattan was based on Captain Atom, Silk Spectre  on Nightshade, The Comedian on The Peacemaker, Rorschach on The Question, and last but certainly not least, Ozymandias was based on Thunderbolt aka Peter Cannon.  (Not to be confused with Johnny Thunder’s Thunderbolt who also appeared in DC Rebirth #1)

Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt was orphaned in the Himalayas when his physician parents died of the Black Plague.  He was raised by the High Abbott and developed the highest level of mental and physical perfection.  He became the “Chosen One” entrusted with the full knowledge of the Ancient Scrolls, which were later destroyed.  He had an arch nemesis, The Hooded One, who also studied the ancient scrolls and was jealous Thunderbolt had been declared the Chosen One.  (of course!)  But what got me excited was there was a hooded character.  Did he look like Mr. Oz?

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That would be a yes.  The Hooded One and some other characters from Charlton appeared in Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985).  Their first and last appearance.  They lived on Earth Four.  And most of them were not seen Post Crisis.  However, other versions of some of the characters were developed to be used later in the DC Universe.  Crisis on Infinite Earths was the uniting of the multiple Earths into one Earth.  Something like new 52 before Morrison’s Multiversity.   The Charlton characters also appeared in that series.

We know Johns loves characters from years past.  Why not bring back “The Hooded One” with a variation of the character.  Mr. Oz is probably from the 5th dimension since he was introduced in Johns’ story about other dimensions and Earth.  That would make Mr. Oz truly a powerful character.  Like Mxyzptlk and Lord Vyndktvx powerful.

Here are the appearances in Johns’ Superman 32 thru 39:

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Does anyone know who is behind the locked doors?

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Johns introduces Mr. Oz in his Superman run and then uses him again in DCU Rebirth. Geoff Johns is the director of Rebirth – calling in editors and creators to have a more cohesive, fuller and a more familiar universe.

Clark isn’t the only one receiving mysterious pages.  Look what PreFlashPoint Lois received from new 52 Lois.

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Only a Lois would trust another Lois with what information?

And another thing, powerless Clark Kent died in Batman/Superman Annual 2 published April, 2015 never to be mentioned again — A minion of Xa Du, Kryptonian creator of the living death (suspended animation), did the deed.  That’s Xa Du thinking in this panel.

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Until —

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Action 959, published July, 2016.  Mysterious ‘extra’ CK talks of PreFlashPoint Superman hiding him, but Supes doesn’t remember.  (See first panel of this article — a great mystery, indeed)

It’s a great time to be a Superman fan.  Lots of great plots and fantastic characterization.  Plus the art is great!  Every Wednesday is turning out to be better and better.

Is Mr. Oz only Superman’s puppetmaster or is there a chessmaster for the entire DC Universe?   Time will tell.  In the meantime, we’ll be enjoying the unraveling of so many mysteries.

 

 

 

July 13, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

It May Be Time to Return to DC Comics

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Geoff Johns has brought us DCU Rebirth.  Gathering together editors and creators so they are all on the same page attitude-wise.  Hope and inspiration.  Imagine that!  DC Comics has always been about HEROES.   Characters with full lives and deep layering of history, storylines and worlds.  Characters that inspire and give us hope.

To see what I’m talking about go read, better yet, purchase DCU Rebirth #1 which came out June 1st.  It is in its 3rd printing.  Something or someONE happened to the DC Universe and New 52 was ‘created.’  Now a character long gone from the DCU landscape returns to warn his friends/fellow heroes only to find they don’t remember him.  Even his closest loved ones.   A must read.  A must purchase.

LOSER IS DEAD

DCE killed off new 52 Superman.  Ironically, it was by a guy who had his solar flare power & he then became ash.  (Very reminiscent of the Sand Superman)  Solar flare – dumbest power ever since it made Loser vulnerable for ever extended periods of time.

Apparently Loser was not what he thought he was.  Fans could have told him that — and they did, by not buying his books.

But we all know how long a Superman stays dead.  Even though we called him Loser – no Superman should ever die while his ‘fans’ just shrug.  Hopefully they will redeem him.  There have been hints of that.

Could there have been a switch during the five year gap?   Is the Real new 52 Superman out there somewhere?

SUPERMAN REBIRTH #1

Written by Peter Tomasi, who also authored the fauxmance and the last 8 issues of Superbooks before Rebirth.  In this world there is Pre-Flashpoint Superman, his wife & Author X Lois Lane and their son, Jon Samuel Kent — The Kents are known as the Whites because this is new 52 Superman’s world, not theirs.  (How they came to the new 52 world is explained in Convergence Superman from a year ago.)

Now that Loser is dead, there is only one Superman alive.  BUT Tomasi had TWO Lois Lanes to write about.  New 52 and PF.  He didn’t write about either of them.  He wrote about PF Superman and new 52 Lana Lang.  Tomasi has had new 52 Lana suckerpunch new 52 Lois and had new 52 Wonder Woman wanting to be a reporter so she could be by Loser’s side.  Not to mention, but I will.  Tomasi had Loser contemplating giving WW Martha Kent’s diamond – fans will remember that it was PF Lois who received Martha Kent’s diamond when Clark proposed to her.  So completely ignoring any Lois wasn’t really a surprise but it still hurt.   Will Tomasi continue to abuse or ignore any Lois?  Hopefully he will allow PF Lois still to be Author X as well as a wife and mother.

Mr. Oz , remember him from Johns’ run on Superman?   He also states that PF Superman is not who he thinks he is either.  Hmmmm.  Good mystery here.

Superman Rebirth #1 came out June 1st.  Tomasi is still on probation with me.  He’s going to have to prove his Superman book is worth reading.

TIARA IS DEAD, LONG LIVE DIANA!

Geoff Johns asked Greg Rucka to come back to DC to write Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman became Tiara to us.  She had multiple personalities and constantly was drawing her sword.  In Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 written by Rucka, we get a tweaking of her new 52 story — and be prepared for more as Rucka has two stories going each month (Wonder Woman is being published twice a month as are other books).  One is called LIES – which is very appropriate to what happened to her in the new 52 and the other is called YEAR ONE – establishing her true first year.

Wonder Woman came out June 8th and if you LOVE Wonder Woman, you have to buy this book.

ACTION COMICS #957

Yes, Action Comics has gone back to its former numbering.  (A bit arrogant to take it to #1 — not to mention stupid.)

Dan Jurgens has the writing honors while Patrick Zircher is on art.  Jurgens wrote Superman Convergence and the Superman: Lois and Clark series during the new 52 era.  Both must reads/buys.

Action Comics #957 is the official rebirth of Superman to DC Comics, in my opinion.  If you were curious about where that splashpage at the top of this post came from — it’s Action Comics #957.  If you love Superman, Metropolis, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White and Clark Kent – you’re gonna go INSANE for this book.  It has everything you’ve been missing in the new 52.

Several storylines going on at once – mystery, love, character building, and just Superman mythology goodness. Dive right in.  Enjoy!

Rebirth, in general

Geoff’s final book for a while was DCU Rebirth #1.  He has about a dozen films coming out over the next few years, not to mention several televisions shows.

Speaking of which — if you are not a fan of Laurel being killed off Arrow — go get Green Arrow Rebirth #1.  Black Canary will also be featured in that book.  Johns, as the captain of this new comic’s ship, definitely is bringing back the love.

Flash Rebirth #1 is somewhat of a sequel of DCU Rebirth #1.  We see part of that story from a different point of view.  Iris West and Barry Allen are dating.  Do you need to know anything else to go buy the book?  Also, Barry (and Batman) will be investigating what happened to the DCU.

If you enjoyed Johns run on Aquaman, be sure to get Aquaman Rebirth #1.  You’ll be glad you did.

Also if you’re a Teen Titans fan, Titans Rebirth #1 will be out June 15th.  You’ll see some ‘new’ *cough* old characters and Nightwing is back in blue.

New 52 Lois will have her own series beginning in August.  SUPERWOMAN    Written by Phil JimenezWould love to see her meet the PF folks.

Jon Kent (White) has a series coming out in September.  He and Damian Wayne will be in SUPERSONS.  Can’t wait for this baby World’s Finest.

Looks like there will a whole lot of Superman going on from now on.  We have a dead Superman, a Pre-Flashpoint Superman (or is he?), a Superwoman (new 52 Lois Lane), new 52 Lex wearing the S-shield, a Chinese Superman, Supergirl, Supersons, and a Pre-Flashpoint Lois Lane aka Author X.  Action and Superman books come out twice monthly.

The new/old character said someone had stole 10 years of their lives.  That would be the new 52.  Action Comics, 5 year gap, rest of number #1s.  Superman is the foundation of any DCU – and if you maim Superman, YOU fail — DCE did fail.  Now Johns is giving Superman and the rest of the DCU a REBIRTH!

Thanks to Geoff Johns, DCE is making a concerted effort to give us back our characters.  Full lives, loves, missions, honor, and hope inspiring.  Rebirth books are now $2.99.

Now if only Diamond distributors would just quit damaging the goods, maybe we could all enjoy our DCU comics again!  Go buy digital – they count too!

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The reason I said it “may be” time to return is  — the same people who were in charge of the new 52 ideas are still in charge.  Johns is going to concentrate on film and television – but lets hope he checks in from time to time to make sure this Rebirth isn’t sabotaged.  He’s brought in some good people to care for these characters.  Let’s hope the people in charge allows that to continue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 12, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

What a dump!

It’s been a while, and plenty has happened – most of it bad. But it’s DC Entertainment’s new 52/DCYou, so what do you expect?

Superman now fights for tacos and only comes to Earth for the pie. I’m not kidding.

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My friend, Tej, started a question on Twitter. “What would you tell your 5 yrs ago self?” She had a great answer. “Infiltrate that writers retreat.” She’s referring to the October, 2010 editorial retreat where the New 52, now DCYou was created.

Apparently, the ideas from that meeting are still carrying through. Supers with supers. Barry Allen gave Iris West a speedster suit (making her a super) so they could be together even though he was dating Patty Spivot. According to the author their mythic love was obvious in the subtext – despite the fact Barry still was dating Patty.

I find that unacceptable. Why couldn’t it have been obvious in the text? It’s probably why I didn’t read Flash. I know that book was the final straw for my son who quit comics altogether after a 30 year habit.

This same author wrote the Justice League Darkseid War  Superman book. He used Jimmy as the protagonist, because he didn’t want to use Lois as an obvious touchstone. When told by fans, Lois has never been a touchstone for Clark in the new 52. He responded by saying that he hadn’t checked to see what was happening in the main books. A little research would have been nice but he didn’t do that.

I’m sure this man is very nice. He spoke with fans and tried to alleviate their concerns. But . . .

Why would he, a participator in the new 52 from the very beginning, attending cons for the rollout of the new 52 and subsequent ones over the years get the idea that Lois Lane was a touchstone for Clark Kent in the new 52?

Lois as a Superman touchstone was pre-52. Fans were told to forget all that along with the Kent marriage (which DCE sent to oblivion along with Barry and Iris’ marriage).

July 2011 SDCC – DCE announced Superman was a battling alien with no human tethers. The Kents were dead and Lois had a boyfriend.
September 2011 – Action Comics, 5 ½ years before Superman #1 storywise appear. Lois and Clark are ‘friends’. Clark becomes despondent when he finds Lois has a boyfriend.

August 2012 – Jim Lee and Geoff Johns have the fauxmance announcement over multi-media outlets. When asked about Lois, Lee said it wasn’t about that, it was about how the fauxmance would effect the DCU.

October 2013 – Fauxmance #1 published. Superman and Wonder Woman are still dating.

May 2015 – Free Comic Book Day. Lois is shown as the betrayer of Clark’s secret to the world.

June 2015 – After multiple announcements, the DCYou books are published. This includes the “Lois as a betrayer” story that carries over in 4 books.

I know quite a few people who would have loved to live in that ‘Lois is Clark’s touchstone’ bubble and forgotten what DCE has done to Superman and Lois Lane over the past years since that editorial retreat. But that bubble would be make believe. Superman fans have had to live with the harsh reality. DC Entertainment neither believes in or cares about Superman.

So now we’re down to Superman (who has been Apokolip’d) only visiting Earth for the pie. The torture never ends. Dark Superman has been the norm in the new 52 and to have a creator deny that fact in order to continue the abuse is a furious headshaking moment.

On the main book front (do we really want to go there?) . . . Tomasi, who is writing the fauxmance, said he always wanted Superman to be a brawler & that’s what Clark has become. But Tomasi also writes Detective and in that book, Clark was his pre-52 persona self. How many personalities do these creators have? Apparently all the kids from Smallville are brawlers, Lana Lang suckerpunched Lois Lane in the last issue. All that has brought this faux book to the bottom of the ‘super’ books in order numbers. Golly gosh, who knew? #sarcasm

Yang has made Superman fight for tacos, avoid Lois Lane and ignore Jonathan Kent’s sage advice in an arena for forgotten mythologies. Yep, since new 52, the real Superman has been forgotten. Stripped out of 2/3rds of his mythology right out of the gate. Jrjr is not on the book, but he did enough damage in interviews before leaving. I, for one, hope he stays gone. He got what he wanted, Batman, which he is drawing with Frank Miller, the DCE administration’s god and total source for how Superman should be portrayed. Isn’t that obvious?

Pak is writing Action (with assists from Kuder) and Batman/Superman. Action continues to fall in order numbers (and for good reason). All excited about creating an LL female of color, they have made her a monster fairly rapidly. In Batman/Superman, the villain is Vandal Savage and the Bat family is helping the hapless Supes.

Pak will be leaving Batman/Superman for 3 books. Tom Taylor is taking over (doing cartwheels & getting out the poms poms. Go Tom!) with a story of the early days of the ‘world’s finest’ (which they have never been called in this century).

Are these main Supes books selling well? Uh, no. DCE keeps taking things away from Superman and never has built him a foundation to replace the 2/3rds of the mythology they excised. As far as building the guy up to be a hero – forget that. It’s all about the darkness.

Yep, Clark Kent is on his way to be one of those forgotten legends.

Taking bets on how Clark will get un-Apokolip’d – it won’t be under his own steam, that’s for sure. Superman’s strong will (or character or emotions other than anger) have not shown up in the new 52. So it’ll be Batman or several of his JL mates. Because Superman is no longer celebrated as an individual, but only as part of the collective. He doesn’t have his own life (no human tethers). So therefore, he truly doesn’t have his own story. There’s a revolving door in his books for ‘heroes’ who sell less than he does – and that’s saying something.

The next arc in the main books will be called Savage Dawn – named after the villain. Vandal Savage’s history has never been established in the new 52. So who knows what he’s capable of.

 

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There are blessings though. Beautiful flowers amongst the trash.

Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks Superman: Lois and Clark. It’s release date has been moved to the last Wed of the month. Strangely so has the fauxmance. So 3 books on the last Wed of November, Superman, fauxmance and the best book, Superman: Lois and Clark.

Action went from being out the 1st Wed of the month to the 2nd Wed (along with Batman/Superman) but in November, it has been moved to the 3rd Wed. That’s right, DCE, tell us again how books will get out on time. Blah blah blah yada yada yada.

On November 11th, Superman fans will not only get Batman/Superman (with the Batfam assist), but also Max Landis’ Superman: American Alien. Giving this one a chance since I enjoyed his run in Adventures of Superman digital firsts. Also bought the print.

 

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AND BEST OF ALL!!! DC Comics Presents – Superman – Lois and Clark 100 Page Super Spectacular #1. Which is actually the Wedding Album from 1996. A MUST for any Superman fan. So go to your local comic book shop or fav comic book website and get this book.

Darkness only brings death and destruction. DC Entertainment has created a self-fulfilling prophecy. Only 22% of the market share in October, 2015. Time to let go of those bad ideas and egos and LET SUPERMAN BE SUPERMAN!

November 10, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. 2 comments.

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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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?

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

Do You Feel Cheated by DC Entertainment?

Since September, 2011 many Superman fans have felt cheated.  He’s not the guy about hope, champion of the oppressed or even about loving humanity.  In fact, since the beginning of the new 52 era, there has been no love in the DCU at all.

In 1938, Action Comics #1 started a genre of global proportions.  Portraying an alien with extraordinary powers, who had a human identity.  Clark Kent/Superman (one and the same) was cast as a romantic hero from the start.  It has served the character and his fans well for over 70 years.

Enter DC Entertainment and their treatment of the character & his mythology which is known in every HOUSEHOLD around the world.

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In 1938, the cornerstone of what was to follow through 7 decades, we have the pursuit and challenge of a personal relationship.  Clark Kent and Lois Lane.  Beginning in 2012, we have DC Entertainment’s version of a personal relationship.  Loneliness, fear and grief.  Supers should be with supers according to one DCE insider, a former Wildstorm creator.  Characters should be with their own kind?  Segregation?  Are DC superheroes now the X-men?

Apparently DC Entertainment is not familiar with Superman vs the Klu Klux Klan or even Superman and the Mole Men?  Superman no longer loves humanity.  He truly has no purpose in saving anyone.  He’s only been allowed to save the Earth from huge superpowered villains.  Never allowed to be Clark Kent, journalist, fighting evil using the power of the pen, his heart and his mind.  Human readers are supposed to be complacent with a Superman/Clark who never takes on the evil of their everyday lives that they can relate to.

No inspiring readers to aspire.  No cheering on the power of the individual.  Superman is hogtied to his superfriends.  Recently he’s acquired a power that will make him ‘human’ for 24 hours and he’s been using it to the extent that he needs Batman to rescue him (naked, no less) and have Alfred make him a new costume every single time.  Dependency on the group.  Powerless on his own.

Fans of the 70-plus relationship of Clark/Lois/Superman found another disconcerting aspect to the character under DC Entertainment’s watch.

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In 1938 and in the decades that followed, Clark as Superman tells Lois Lane he means no harm.  To humanity in general and her in particular.

In the new 52, Superman #27 written by Scott Lobdell, a former creator for Marvel and Wildstorm, shows Clark as Superman deciding to allow Parasite to extract the knowledge of his secret from Lois Lane’s brain.  This was after she had saved him several times with her psionic powers.  Not even the Silver Age of superdickery had Superman harming Lois Lane in this fashion.

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Twelve issues later, Geoff Johns in Superman #38 lightswitched Clark telling Jimmy Olsen he was Superman.  Never happened before in the entire 75-plus years of Superman’s existence.

So what if Lois did know but didn’t tell Clark she knew.  It’s happened many times and for many years previously.  In multimedia, not just comics.

DC Entertainment is not going to go there.  They’re looking for new future readers this summer for their revamp of what used to be called the new 52.  Earth Zero.  (or as some fans call it, Earth Loser)

Divergence is the codename for this summer’s event.  Superman will have a crossover between his books.  Action (which Lois has not been allowed in by editorial since Greg Pak took over), Batman/Superman (which Lois has been featured), Superman/Wonder Woman (need I say that Lois won’t be gracing that book unless you count Diana wanting to be a reporter along side Clark) and Superman (the book Geoff Johns abandoned to concentrate on television where he obviously has more control).

On Free Comic Book Day, readers got an 8 page ‘preview’ of what was to come in June, 2015.  Lois Lane has outed Clark Kent as Superman.  How did she find out?  Did she always know?  If so, then why at this time did she decide to out him?  And why make her to be perceived as the villain?  I doubt any of these questions will be answered as the storytelling has been lacking since DCE took over. (This story is being written by newcomer Gene Luen Yang as his first fray into the breech known as DCE.)

“Truth”, the name of the crossover event says ” For Superman, there’s no holding back.”  Back from what?  He’s got a crewcut, t-shirt, jeans, workboots, no cape, nearly powerless and riding a motorcycle.  And he’s on the run because his “best friend” (Lois, a relationship that was never adequately depicted for years) outed him.

Since September, 2011, Superman fans have had a 5 year gap in his new history, only lip service to a dual identity (like it’s a bad thing or used as a weapon against Lois), and no triangle for two at all.

So instead of continuing to cheat Superman readers, DC Entertainment is not holding back from ripping us off?  Because basically since September, 2011, Superman  has been in moniker only, not in character or mythology.  No longer the romantic hero we all remember and have depicted in other multi-million dollar media.

I guess those former execs from Marvel and Wildstorm know more about DC heroes than their fans do, right?  Or do they have Dr. Fate tied up somewhere telling them what the future readers want?

 

May 19, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. 2 comments.

SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT

Warning: Language, Attitude & Snark

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Damn tootin there, Lolo. Something has not been right for a lonnnnggg time.

When the new 52 began, DCE stripped Superman of all female influence. Martha and Lara were dead. Lois was kicked to the curb. But, he’s dating Wonder Woman,right? My mother-in-law (she had five sons so she should know) used to say, “Men have periods, too. They just last three weeks.” Wonder Woman is PMSing all the time. So yea, she’s basically a guy with boobs (and a cranky magic va-ja-ja if it doesn’t get oiled).

Superman had a horrible week. Superman 38 (a week late, expanded and more expensive), Action 39 (DECOMPRESSED!), Superman Earth One Vol 3 were the usual suspects. Our hero appeared in all his glory in Future’s End #40 written from the Pros from Dover (Jurgens, Azzarello, Lemire and Giffen) saved Superman and my week. Yes, they did.

BTW, see that panel of Lois actually saying something in a Superman comic. Well, it is the only thing she said in the expanded issue, raising the price to $5. The other panel was of Jimmy asking her what was gong on. He’s clueless . . . but not anymore!!! Geoff Johns handed him a big gift of knowing Superman’s secret at the end of the issue. Dudebros rule!

It has been stated DCE did a survey and the results were 45% of their readers were female. Apparently DC Entertainment is ignoring this. Because basically Superman #38 told women, “we don’t want or need your money. Just walk away. Dudebros rule!”

And it worked. New readers who started reading in the New 52 have left in disgust. They are tired of waiting. Superman books are not giving them what they want in order to plop down their hard earned pay. Yea, new readers, the reason for the reboot. But admittedly they are women so they don’t count.

BTW, G2Factor will be on hiatus until at least April. Waiting to read Superman Convergence. Will not submit themselves any further to this unrelenting torture of readers. There’s torturing then there’s the upscale of debasing the character and the fanbase. New 52 has been the latter.

Superman’s got a new power. It’s called superflare. (Clark Kent, the Kryptonian Torch! He’s not human, so y’know) No, I am not making this up. I have a better imagination than that. See, it’s an out of control thing. Because Superman in the new 52 doesn’t have a strong will or self control, That’s why DCE can pull this crap. Apparently when his superflare goes off (sounds sexier than it is) it rids Superman’s cells of their solar energy. He has to wait 24 hours before his powers return. His dudebro, Bats told him so. AND Superman’s armor (yea, the biological one) got burnt so Alfred kind of made him a new one. I’m not kidding. Not okay for Ma Kent to make his suit but AOK for Alfred to do so? Dudebros rule! The cape is still indestructible. But he has a mock turtleneck and sleeves that end in fingerless gloves. I guess for when his whittle handsies get cold up there at the Fortress of Solitude. Which may or may not still be taking 40 days to regenerate.

So Clark is human for a day after his solarflare goes off. Okay, I need a vote here: Which would you prefer during that span of time? Clark flirting with Lois or telling Jimmy his secret? Anyone? Beuller? This makes me suspicious. Someone at DCE must be a total Tarantino fan (Superman Django Unchained, anyone?) and believes that crap Kill Bill spouted about Clark. Oh he needs to be Clark because of this new power. No, that’s not the reason Clark Kent exists. My son put it quite succinctly, “Clark has a job because he has to make money. Otherwise he’d be a supervillain.” Now that’s realistic and RELATABLE!

Am I gonna have to drag out the Wimp Ass Clark moniker again? (see Smallville reviews, especially Season 7). Speaking of Smallville – remember when Clark pulled Geoff Johns out of his truck in RECRUIT, season 5. Jeph Loeb tried to warn us. LOL  Yep, we’re still wondering where Lois is.

So the issue was obviously enlarged for splashpages, some of which were randomly in black & white – no rhyme nor reason. Jonathon Carroll mention. He’s the guy Lois is with to make Clark soooo despondent. *rme Whatever. Jackee Winters (she’s female) the new Johns’ character was on the cover but not in the story, nor was Steve Lombard or Ron Troupe. So much for the DP folks being involved. Clark and Lois are still not allowed to breath the same air. The only people Clark talked to was his dudebros. Ulyssess, Bats, Alfred, Perry, and Jimmy. There was an epilogue with the hooded guy saying he was proud of Clark & is gonna send Clark a package at the Daily Planet. (Like I care anymore, but maybe he’s the key to this . . . or maybe not. Can’t depend on anything Superman-wise anymore.)

This is still a total misstep on DCE’s part (and Lord knows there have been many) or they are pulling back too far. Ya gotta leave some breadcrumbs for the big surprise and keep folks guessing so they’ll await the next story or issue. But what DCE did with this issue – they beat down readers with a story of no real resolution, an ubiquitous power and telling Jimmy Olsen Clark is Superman. Something new 52 Superman has held consistently against Lois – not knowing his dual identity. He trusts her but apparently it was show and tell day at the DP for Clark and Jimbo, who is no longer a billionaire (why they made him one . . . oh yea, Lobdell or Harras or Lee).

There probably won’t be a Lois birthday party after all unless they give it a half-panel in #39, otherwise nada. #40 is John Romita,Jr’s Superman story. So, lies. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. It’s not trustworthy. DCE is not to be trusted. Therefore, don’t give DC Comics your money.

Action 39, Beardo vs the Ultrahumanite. Zzzzzz Clark sacrifices his psyche (yes again) and grief (there’s always grief in the new 52) in order for the ‘monster’ to engorge itself and thus releasing it’s hold on everyone. Lana apologizes for being a bitch every issue about her dead parents. They re-buried the Kents. Yea, we get it. He’s still alienated. There was a sequence that showed all the deaths of Clark’s friends. Did Clark see a future when he was in the black hole with Brainiac? Because if he thought that shit up on his own, he’s one sick M.F.er Lois dead with armored Batman and Krypto looking on. Batman and Hiro dead in the Batcave after Lex Luthor shoots them. Steel, Kara, and Diana dying at the hands of Zod and Faora. So Wonder Woman can die before Clark? Oh gee, who knew? [sarcasm] The reason the fauxmance is supposedly together is because humans are frail and can die. Clark almost died as Doomy and Diana can apparently die, too. So much for “after the last battle” bullshit. Why are they torturing us with all these horrible stories?

Apparently there was a crack in the Phantom Zone and that’s how the Ultrahumanite got out. Then Doomy got out and then Wonder Woman imploded the Phantom Zone releasing the menagerie (who were infected by the Ultrahumanite) and everyone else. The Bottle of Kandor ended up in Iceland – BUT the Fortress is gonna take 40 days to regenerate. I’m getting brain damage from this. Did anyone see Baka?

The Phantom Zone is repaired by the Smallvillians and Clark but there’s still a squiggly at the Kents’ grave. Oh goodie. Next issue is a Bizzaro story (yes, I know all the new 52 stories are bizarro).

Superman Earth One Vol 3. Haven’t read the book yet. Straczynski isn’t exactly being sincere when he said DC let him go from writing Wonder Woman and Superman (separate books) back in 2010 – truth be told he heard Didio was getting his reboot. I attended the 2010 SDCC where he had a reading of both books. Three months later was the editorial retreat that created the new 52 and also the release of SEO Volume 1. Coincidence? Chris Roberson took over Superman, The Grounded story. (There’s a story there. Lois Lane radar going off.) At 2010 SDCC we met Shane Davis and bought posters of Superman from SEO Volume 1. Volume 2 took two years to write apparently. And now we have three.

Clark’s very in-tuned-to-her-body neighbor is a hooker. He’s not friends with Lois, of course, because every one knows they are an inevitable couple, so can’t write about them. In the preview we got, Lisa L. (get it, LL? How clever #sarcasm) thinks of Clark as a brother. At some point in the story after a huge battle, Clark returns to Martha Kent (Jonathan died after spouting the Niven theory to young Clark) and she encourages him to find love wherever he can. Something happens at the end of the book to make reviewers think Lisa is now his girlfriend. Excuse me. I must get out the puke buckets again.

In every book of Superman, DCE has to put “by Special Arrangement with the Jerry Seigel Family” – it’s legal lip service. Does anyone believe in all good conscience that the Seigel family would ever fathom or tolerate Clark Kent with a hooker? Again debasing the character. All in the name of not allowing the inevitability of the Clark and Lois relationship to transpire even a wee little bit. Toss him a hooker. True, he can’t get an STD from her. But does she die from doin it? Or is that only allowed for Lois to die from the Kryptonian shaft? It’s not as if Lisa has a magic va-ja-ja which could render Clark impotent, but Wonder Woman has that ground covered in main continuity. It’s ANYONE-BUT-LOIS in the name of – well, we can’t have them together yet. 4.5 years for Superman Earth One and 3.5 years for the new 52. HOW MUCH LONGER????

Lois is always strong. Clark, not so much. Yes, I agree Clark should pursue Lois and be worthy of her. Because a strong Lois and a weak minded and completely out of touch with his heart Clark is a TRAIN WRECK EXTRAORDINAIRE! And continues to be so.

There is no character building being done via true love in the new 52. It is not allowed. Yes, Geoff Johns had Arthur & Mera considered married in order to make that character interesting but after he left the book, it was implicitly stated they were not married. The only hero still married in the new 52 is Animal Man. I still think Morrison had it as a stipulation for him writing Multiversity, Action, and his Wonder Woman book. He said during the 2011 SDCC just before the reboot release, he hoped that DCE didn’t mess with Animal Man’s marriage. And they haven’t.  But romance isn’t necessarily marriage.  Could we at least get an iconic courtship?  Clark/Lois, Dick/Babs, Barry/Iris, Ollie/Dinah. Trevor/Diana, Bats/Cats, etc etc etc  There’s so much to do before more and more fans throw up their hands, take their cash, and invest it in other entertainment.

None of this negates my previous blogpost that Supermn and Lois are having a secret romance. Why would Clark have to tell Lois if she already knew? The 24 hour human thing may be a way to show Clark that being with a super (WW) isn’t exactly his cup of tea. Especially if the super can die just as much as a human?

Why the new power? It seems it might come in handy with the Darkseid War this summer. Omega beams verse superflare. Lots of yellow and red on the page. Boom Boom Boom. Splashpages. Battle battle battle.

The Jimmy knowing secret thing, I’m not sure. Something to do with some plot obviously. Can’t see Clark hankering to tell Jimmy for any length of time.  Lightswitched like the fauxmance.  Having Jimmy not be a billionaire was a good move. Having Clark Kent back at the DP is great, too but only if he and Lois get to breathe the same air. It’s something that fans want and have been waiting entirely too long to see. To experience. The key to Richard Donner’s Superman movie was the love story between Clark and Lois. If that was done right, the movie would be a hit. Dick Donner was Geoff Johns’ boss at one time. And they have written an Action series giving married Clark and Lois a child.

So what’s the dealio? Is it editorial again? Hey Pharoah, let our Superman go!!!  We need a hero, not a schmoe.

Speaking of children. In Superman Convergence – Clark and Lois are going to have a baby. Now, I have heard some dumb shit, but let’s get something straight. The whole two different species crap hasn’t flown since 1966, almost 50 years ago. Every geek knows Mr. Spock is human/Vulcan. Kon was a clone of Superman and Lex Luthor Kryptonian/human pre-52. In the new 52, Clark and Lois had a natural born son, Jonathan Lane Kent and then Kon who is their son twice over is part clone & part natural (Jon’s DNA). Today animal DNA is put into plants and we eat it. They put animal DNA in humans now. This is no longer science FICTION. So get into the modern world already. Clark and Lois can have a baby just fine. Especially since the Fortress of Solitude is located in a place with at least six months of darkness during the year. Plus the Fortress supposedly holds the knowledge of the known galaxies. Surely one of them figured this stuff out. Oy!

Future’s End #40 will save your Superman soul. Clark takes action heading for New York. Lois is in New York. Big Baddie shows up in front of her. Potential for great storytelling and mythology. Can’t wait until next week. Don’t just sit there. Go buy this issue.

G2Hardcore will be talking about all this and more on Saturday at 5pm.

February 4, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . BaudyBlahBlahBlah. 1 comment.

THE HOAX

“All is not what it seems.”
Skew your view.
I once was blind, but now I see.
Wake UP!

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These panels (click to enlarge) are from Batman/Superman #18 and were the guidestones to a revelation.

The fauxmance (monikered by Christine of G2Factor) is a hoax.

I’ll wait until the tittering and the sad “oh, you poor deluded thing” faces subside. Hear me out.

I’ve been wrong before and I’m not afraid to be wrong again. Dangerous, right?

Why would the fauxmance be a hoax?

Because the new 52 is the anti-life equation. Hey, just enjoy the ride.

Here is the anti-life equation (pre-52):

loneliness + alienation + fear + despair + self-worth
÷ mockery ÷ condemnation ÷ misunderstanding
× guilt × shame × failure × judgment
n=y where y=hope and n=folly,
love=lies, life=death, self=dark side

Isn’t that what our heroes and we readers have been living through the past three plus years?

How would that happen? It has to do with the timeline of the new 52. How the stories were presented.

First, Action Comics occurred 6 months before Justilce League #1 in the stories.
Second, Justice League #1-6, occurred five years before all the other #1s (which includes Superman #1)
Superman books and Justice League were the only books to have a five year gap. Why? To pull off the scam. The hoax. The ruse.

In the first six books of Justice League, we have the ‘formation’ of the team and their first battle is with Darkseid. Justice League War, the animation, is loosely based on this. Did Darkseid truly lose that battle, especially since the other #1 book heroes weren’t quite what they once were pre-52. Dark-dark-dark, gritty, cosmic and epic. No hope. Battle-battle-battle.

One thing different in the new 52 is Cyborg being on the Justice League. He now has Apokoliptian technology. Why? So he can boom tube the team around? How’s that every 1000th trip or so landing on Apokolips working for everybody? So Cyborg either consciously or unconsciously has a connection to Darkseid. Victor has global surveillance capabilities. Talk about no privacy! And as every Superman fan knows, Clark has secrets (dual identities and lives).

I’m a Superman fan. And part of being fans of something is that we get into this frame of mind sometimes thinking that the-powers-that-be just don’t know what they are doing. And if TPTB are very clever, they prove us wrong. I have commented that the new 52 is not very clever – but if they can pull off this hoax and turn things around, I’ll give them a nod to their cleverness. And MAYBE consider forgiving them. Or I could be just giving them more credit than they deserve. Time will tell.

So if Darkseid didn’t lose the intellectual/emotional battle and Cyborg can be used as an Apokoliptian pawn, then how are our heroes ever going to protect the ones they love? By making the world think that the Justice League is their only life. In Superman’s case, battling alien, no human tethers, dead human parents, etc.

The five year gap is an insurance policy, a safety net, especially in the Superman books. Once the flagship character of the DCU, his stories are now tied to the new flagship, Justice League. And to be quite frank, the new 52 Justice League flagship is like the Exxon Valdez. There have been delays in getting events to occur probably due to creators leaving midvoyage, books being canceled and Trinity War having eighteen months of hype which produced a fizzle into Forever Evil. Gee, just what readers and heroes under the anti-life equation needed, more evil. This effected readership greatly. Fans have left in droves. Action Comics is now under the 40,000 watermark AGAIN! Time for all to be revealed.

Sometime during the five year gap (between JL 6 & 7) someone came up with a plan (probably Bats) so the Justice League could still have secrets from the world and Darkseid (via Cyborg). Superman has always been on Darkseid’s radar. In JL 5 years previous, he is captured by DeSaad to make a clone army to find Darkseid’s daughter (giant plotline nugget just dropped?? Doubt it.) Earth 2 Superman in the new 52 also suffered clonng at the hands of DeSaad and recently sacrificed himself to save the world. (Earth 2 Superman was the better Superman in the new 52 even though we didn’t get to see him much.)

Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor’s relationship (one of the best things about Justice League) was very public. Clark likes his private life secret. So in order to protect the ones they love and to convince the world they only have lives being superheroes, the fauxmance was created.

Action #0 which came out a month after JL#12 in real time but occurred before Action #1 in storytime, has Clark Kent in love with Lois Lane’s writing and she admires his blog. Lois still gets to name Superman. General Lane knows there’s something going on with those two even if it’s a deep admiration thang. Readers don’t know what happened in the five year gap.  I have always contended TPTB would never be able to convince anyone that the fauxmance was real if there was ever a hint of Superman/Clark and Lois Lane’s relationship. Thus the safety net.

In the Justice League War animation, reviewers said the fauxmance sounded forced, and it read like that in the books as well. Let’s investigate.

Wonder Woman is sitting atop the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, USA’s Capitol. Why? Because it’s Grecian architecture? It is one of the most technologically protected spots on the Earth. VERY PUBLIC. Superman joins her and they have this conversation about loneliness and secrets and protecting people. She’s just dumped her boyfriend, Steve Trevor, for the second time after he saved the Justice League’s ass from David Graves and his lesser gods. (whatever happened to that guy?) And she also fires him as the Justice League liaison minutes before sitting on the memorial. Perhaps the reason this not-so-romantic conversation seemed so forced is because Superman and Wonder Woman are just bad actors. The big question remains why were they doing this? Editorial mandate only? There had to be some story value especially with a huge gaping hole of five years involved.

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In Action 10 which could have occurred before this scene since it it was in the previous 5 year timeline, it was revealed Clark was a reporter – Cyborg and Wonder Woman were present.

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back to JL12

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So if Superman’s secret identity was revealed in the five years previously, then who benefited from knowing he was Clark Kent that night he was on top of the Lincoln Memorial? Who needed to know he had to keep secrets and he was lonely? Clark quit the Daily Planet shortly after this. Was it to protect Lois? And Cat Grant came up with the idea of the blog which Clark rarely wrote for – was it to protect her also? If he was only identified as Superman, what purpose would that serve? It was a ruse to keep Darkseid off the scent of his true life. Plus by playing the loneliness, alienation and fear card, Darkseid would think his anti-life equation was working perfectly. Wonder Woman and the fauxmance are just a decoy in order to protect Lois and Superman’s life as Clark Kent.

In Action 12, a must for any Superman fan, we see how Clark’s original timeline went. He left the Kents alive in Smallville to join the Daily Planet (not the Daily Star) in Metropolis. He meets Lois Lane. This book came out the same month as JL12 and is in the five years previous timeline.

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See how he fights the parademons with the Justice League and then marries Lois Lane. This all happened before Lord Vyndyktvx changed everything. Before Lord V killed his parents, before Clark ended up at the Daily Star, and before the fauxmance/hoax may or may not have happened.

In Justice League International Annual #1 which also came out the same DAY as JL12 and was in the ‘present’ timeline, we get to see Booster Gold react to the fauxmance the same way we did.

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Booster from the Future told present day Booster, Superman and Wonder Woman needed to be stopped. Yes, please. The fauxmance was on all the monitors/live cams at JLI headquarters so it was a very public display. Clark is a very private person so had he changed so much in the new 52? DCE kept trying to sell (shove into any one of our orifices) the fauxmance idea. Superman didn’t act like Superman. His strong will seemed to have disappeared. Why? He didn’t know who he was half the time. Didn’t know his own mind and heart as he was constantly bombarded with villains who attacked emotionally and psychologically. He also had multiple timelines, alternate realities, visited alternate universes. No reader could truly get a bead on the character or who he was. And there was the abyss of the five year gap – missing stories, missing character building, etc.

I asked my cohost of G2Factor’s HARDCORE if all the fauxmance snoggings were public. Tej researched and found the answer was YES. There has been no private kissy kissy. What does this mean? The fauxmance is a sham. It is for the world’s and Darkseid’s benefit. Readers have been punk’d royally by DC editorial.

Lois didn’t lie about the secret romance.

We’ve seen Lois talk about the other side of the moon before in the new 52. Superman Annual #2, drawn by Dan Jurgens. “His cape has kept me warm on the dark side of the moon.” Is there Clois hanky panky going on the far side of the moon out of the detection of Cyborg and Darkseid? Note: this also was the issue fans saw Superman hold Lois Lane in his arms for the FIRST TIME. (Thanks again to Tej for the research.)

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Another thing, if Clark and Lois can keep it secret from Batman, then Cyborg and Darkseid haven’t got a chance.

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The Kandorians or whomever is controlling the Kandorians obviously believed the fauxmance hype. That’s why they shot Batman. Kara didn’t even know & stil doesn’t since Lois tried to cover up the secret romance while they were taking the ‘bullet’ out of Bruce.

Batman/Superman 18 also held another first. Superman screaming Lois Lane’s name as he tries to save her. A monumental moment for fans.

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Next time you pick up a Superman story in the new 52, keep this in the back of your mind. The Superman/Wonder Woman ‘romantic’ relationship is a hoax. Some of it will start to make sense.

I would encourage Clois fans to post on tumblr and/or twitter examples of the new 52 secret romance, because they are out there. Too many to show in this particular blogpost.

One thing bothers me. Wonder Woman may be starting to believe the lie. I say that because what would make Brian Azzarello pitch for Wonder Woman after he heard what DC editorial was going to do to her character. Wonder Woman has been a train wreck in the new 52 (less so in Azz’s book). But there are examples that DC editorial may be contemplating a giant continuous catfight. Citing Justice League 13 “It was a kiss, not a commitment,” said by Superman. Also, Wonder Woman’s perspective boxes during the Zod & Faora fight in the fauxmance book. “After the last battle.” Even in Throne of Atlantis which is loosely based on the Justice League arc of the same name. Lois Lane is saved by Wonder Woman (never happened in the books) and she says, “I wouldn’t want to be on her bad side.” Let’s hope things have changed and we won’t get an insipid catfight.

This summer is the Darkseid War. Will the veil be lifted and all revealed?

Meanwhile I’m sitting in my happy space with hope – and that’s all a Superman fan requires. Hope.

Don’t stop believing.

Besides . . . Convergence!

January 27, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. 1 comment.

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