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.

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.

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.

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.

47% of Comic Book Readers Are FEMALE

My partner in crime on G2Hardcore, Tej, DM’d me the link.  Screen Junkies  on October 16th had an interview where it was said “They did a study and found 47% of comic book readers are women.”  at the 6:00 mark.

Apparently this information is at least 7 weeks old and the study had to be done before that.  So where are the investigative reporters of the comic book websites?  Too busy pushing Lois Lane aside to be shills for the fauxmance?

Where’s the exclusive on the results of this study?   Is this the study done by DC Entertainment this past Spring where you had to decide between action and complex relationships?  Or is this the Nielsen survey conducted in July, 2012 after that abominable, pathetic, ridiculous survey they conducted with a sample size not worthy of any comic book publisher, let alone one of the ‘big two’?

Are the comic websites complicit in hiding this information?  DC Entertainment did give $18 million to a website this year who’s target audience is 18 to 34 year old males.   Having it announced that almost half of their audience are female would throw a monkey wrench in someone’s dream of a male niche market.

Didio and Lee did say in an interview with CBR during the 2014 SDCC their audience was ‘changing.’  This would have been after the Spring and Nielsen surveys.  At that time I questioned the use of the word changing.  Things had already changed before the New 52 even started.

DC Entertainment has been about as transparent as the Mississippi River during a flood.  So a DC comic book audience would have to rely on reporters and websites to get the lowdown on what is happening.  Apparently that’s not how the ‘press’ works any longer.

Any one got Lois Lane’s phone number, email or twitter account?  Is she on Facebook?

December 8, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

SUPERMAN: DOES HE AGE?

So I’ve been trying to figure out what the new 52 is about — at least as far as Superman is concerned.

He’s not with Lois because she’s human. (That decision must be in the five year gap between Action & Superman books because we haven’t seen it in the story.  Besides that is stinking thinking just to get the fauxmance off the ground.)  He’s with Wonder Woman because she’s a demigoddess.  Diana thinks he will live forever with her after the last battle.  But Superman’s story is the neverending battle (well, at least when he was with Lois).

Scott Snyder thinks Superman ages differently than humans because he’s a solar battery and is invulnerable under a yellow sun.  How does that theory work?

The Golden Age seemed to think that Superman aged like us, but then with the advent of the Silver Age and subsequent eras, superheroes were pretty much frozen in their thirties.

So let’s examine this theory that Superman ages differently than humans.  What kind of science/logic is this?

Did he age in this unique manner as soon as he hit Earth’s atmosphere?  The Kents found him as an infant.  Or did it evolve when he was in puberty?  Okay, we already have a problem here.  How much does he age in ratio to humans?

Does he only age six months out of every twelve?  If so & it started when he was an infant, then he stayed a baby for a very long time.  And puberty would have taken him twice as long to reach.

Maybe that ratio is too drastic. Let’s look at a less ‘obvious’ ratio.  What if he only aged 11 months out of every 12 compared to humans?  So he would grow & age pretty much like humans.  But every 11 years he’d appear at least a year younger.  At age 12, he’d only age to 11.  At age 22, he’d only age to 20.  At age 33, he’d only age to 30.  Not so drastic.  So why couldn’t he spend his life with a human?  And why would the demi-goddess think he was immortal enough to live with her forever?

If we take the every six months ratio, radical and ridiculous as it is, that would mean, he’d be 36 but appear to be 18. Then how does that explain his immaturity in the new 52 when he first came to Metropolis. Later, when he was ’25’, according to Scott Lobdell, he still hadn’t developed any maturity regarding his powers, his ’50’ year old life, etc.

Not to mention, but I will, how could Clark attend elementary school through high school with any regularity if he only appeared half the age of his classmates?

Okay, so if it didn’t start until he reached puberty (13) as perhaps most of his powers did, then by the time he was 18, he’d appear 15.5 years old.  Again not much difference.  By the time he was actually 30 years old, he’d only appear 21.5 years old. So the disguising his age would have to start probably about the actual age of 21 (appearing 17).  Superman must be a proficient actor 24/7 in order to ‘pull off’ looking 30 when he only appears 21.5 years old.  True, actor Tom Welling played a 14 year old Clark Kent when he was 24, but we highly suspect he’s Kryptonian with his extreme good looks – but Welling had his pre-mature graying hair dyed throughout his ten year stent as Superman’s spectacled secret identity.  BUT a Superman in the comics that ages differently would have the opposite problem than the human Welling.  He’d have to appear older if he was living and working with humans on a daily basis.

Maybe that’s why DC Entertainment made him the constant battling alien who can’t relate to humans.  He has an aging secret.  Let’s face it, new 52 Superman should be an actor and not a journalist.  Just think of the career he’d have.  Forever young – or at least for a few generations of humans.  And he’d have to change his name and career every 30 years of so, right?

But is that really Superman or the Superman story?

Siegel and Shuster wrote of an alien who wanted connection to the humans he worked and lived amongst.  He even disguised himself as one of them to relate to them more closely.  And that’s what made the Golden Age so successful.

Keep it simple.  Don’t complicate with theories that can’t be explained with any reasonable accuracy and certainly don’t base Superman’s story on it completely.

Why does it matter how Superman ages if comics usually keeps him frozen at 30 . . . or does a reboot?

The new 52 Superman is a mystery wrapped in an enigma — and when dealing with a character known to generations of humans on this planet, how can that characterization ever sell comic books?  Oh yea, the art.  #utterfail

November 25, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. 1 comment.

G2HARDCORE: CATCH UP ON THE DCU NEWS

Tej and Holli have had 2 shows under the G2HARDCORE format.

April 12 show

April 19 show

Also available on iTunes.

More information on the G2Factor page.

 

April 20, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

Superman or Superdouche?

THIS:

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OR THIS?:

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If you have read Superman #27, you know what I’m talking about.  Scott Lobdell has taken this character and made him into something no superhero should ever even verge on – a complete douche.

Aside from Scott Lobdell not having any idea what Superman is about and that he uses his own personal voice to animate Clark, what else could be going on here – storywise.  I think I’ve discussed the possible political behind-the-scenes machinations quite enough.  Besides, they are moot or will be come this summer.  Oh, there will still be politics and power plays but at least they seem to be turning in favor of Superman fans and their beloved Clark Kent.

Why would Superman, Clark, not trust Lois Lane to keep her mouth shut about his secret?  We know that Lois has had a history of keeping the secret even from Clark.  Why in this instance doesn’t he trust her?

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February 6, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. 5 comments.

Superman 26: More Beginning of the End?

SPOILERS!!!

WARNING:  SOME OF THE PICTURES MAY NOT BE CONDUCIVE TO GOOD MENTAL OR EYE HEALTH!

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First let me state, IMO, Scott Lobdell needs to be immediately removed from writing Superman.  I don’t think he understands females very well.  Or perhaps it is editorial that doesn’t and he’s just getting the writer’s cred.  There may have been sexual harassers or other despicables writing Superman previously, but Lobdell has been publicly outted and that is horrible for the character and bad for business.  Readers, especially female readers, won’t be comfortable in purchasing any Superman story.

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January 5, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. 2 comments.

Slowy I turned & step by step, inch by inch . . .

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**some spoilers ahead**

Could it be we are seeing the first glimmerings of the triangle for two?

At Baltimore Con in September, (thanks, Chris!) Dan Didio stated that after ‘a couple of bad stories’ then Lois Lane’s storyline will be built up (the ‘bad’ stories could be in the fauxmance book as that was the subject of discussion).  Now at NYCC Didio has stated that although they wanted to explore the Superman and Wonder Woman relationship (fauxmance book) ‘for a bit’, there still is a contingent of Lois fans and that Lois Lane looks good as a title on a comic.  This could occur within this next year.

Within the books we do have a few clues:

In the fauxmance book, (first issue out last week) we find that Clark still has secrecy issues as well as his infamous overprotectiveness.  Apparently Diana is not Lois.  She has tolerated Clark not making their relationship public, but is beginning to think he’s ashamed of it because he doesn’t want to shout it to the world.  (Maybe not quite a guy in love.)  Also Superman seems to want to take on all the ‘dangerous’ stuff first hand, but he’s in a relationship with Wonder Woman, someone who can take care of herself.

She’s fought along side him for 5 years now, but he’s acting like she’s ‘incapable’ of handling things now.  It could all be a desire to protect her but that’s not what their relationship is about.  They are together because they both are physically invulnerable and are fearful to love humans who aren’t.

Clark has been secretive with Lois as is the nature of his protectiveness of her.  He doesn’t desire any of his loved ones to be put in peril because he is Superman as well as Clark Kent.  In the past, the feisty Ms. Lane has bucked under the strain of this protection.  She is a woman who can take care of herself and she makes no bones and doesn’t wait to tell Superman this.  Lois is always Lois.  There’s no holding back or ‘guessing’ why he does or doesn’t do something.  Lois likes things open and honest.

Another note:  Clark thinks Lois is amazing (in Superman) but thinks Diana is strange (fauxmance book).  Clark is a writer and certainly could have found a complimentary adjective to use — exotic, mysterious, but no, Soule has him use the word strange . . . to Diana.

In the fauxmance book, Diana will teach Clark fighting technique which is a good foundation for their friendship.  Clark is a brawler by nature and learning a few nuances of battle from a woman who is currently the God of War in her own book will not be a detriment.  However, it is because she has been raised a warrior and has that mindset, this will clash with Clark’s moral core of giving second chances and preservation of life.

Last Spring, Scott Lobdell introduced a storyline where Superboy (Kon) was a clone of Clark and Lois’ future natural born son, Jon Lane Kent.   Jon was kidnapped and raised by Harvest to destroy all the supers and metahumans in the 30th century.  Harvest also was responsible for getting yet another set of Clark and Lois’ DNA (Clark’s during Action 2 perhaps and Lois’ in the present psi story?) and applying them to Jon’s to create Kon.  Superboy 22 was to be a fight between Jon and Kon but that was skipped over until Teen Titans Annual #2 (out this month,  October).

Apparently Kon is to be killed off in Superboy 25 and will have Jon continuing in that book.  Marv Wolfman will be writing this story.  So Lois Lane has a natural born son by Clark (from the future) who has been raised to kill supers and metas.  Just conjecture, but according to Didio in a tweet by the intrepid Chris, Lois is going to be a big deal.  Who finds out first?  Clark that he and Lois have a son?  Lois?  Or does Jon find out and then the games begin?

At Baltimore Comic Con, Didio said in a conversation that ‘they’ pushed Lois down too far.  Thus the necessary build up.  Action and Superman orders have been falling and getting very close to the 40,000 below par mark.  Superman of all characters should NEVER have such abysmal ‘sales’ ESPECIALLY during his 75th anniversary.

The psi war story has been in both Action and Superman comics after Diggle’s departure.  No longer being written by Scott Lobdell but by Mike Johnson.  Lois is out to save Superman, once again.  She has powers now and does not hesitate to go to his rescue.  In fact, fans have seen Lois Lane save Superman more times than he has saved her in the new 52.  After a brief departure of Clark going to the newly ‘revived’ Krypton, then Lois will be back in Superman 26 with her psi powers only to be a ‘meal’ for Parasite.  Which will probably bring her back to normal human power status.  But it is Lois Lane, she does have extraoridinary powers in the face of vulnerability.

Lois has been featured in the first issues of Batman/Superman by Greg Pak.  New 52 characters meet their counterparts on Earth 2 before they all ‘died’.  Pak will be writing Action Comics beginning with issue 25.  Despite the coordinating with the Batman Zero storyline with his first issue, he will then go into ‘present’ storylines.  Pak has proven he ‘gets’ the triangle for two or as it has become known in modern terms . . . Clois.

Charles Soule may have Lois in his book as a supporting character.  Right now, Cat is being featured as the one who may implode the romantic aspects of the fauxmance.  Clark doesn’t want it public, but how ironic if it was exposed in his own blog that he shares with Cat.  Soule does write a good story, but unfortunately it’s the wrong story to get my money.  He hasn’t thrown Lois under the bus – and that will be my guideline as to whether or not he knows his stuff regarding the Superman mythology and what makes it so beloved and successful.

Will the fauxmance book catch up with this Lois build up?  That’s a question only time will tell.  Pak and Soule have tweeted they enjoy communicating about their shared universe.

In Action and Superman, Lois has psionic powers and is rescuing Superman.  In Superboy and Superman, she is the mother of Jon Lane Kent and the double-mother of Connor ‘Kon’ Kent.  In Batman/Superman, Earth 2 Lois was a drink of cool clear water after trekking through a desert.

And please don’t forget the comic that may have shown the powers that be the error of their ways . . .Superman Unchained.  Scott Snyder has said Lois is the key and will be rescuing Superman (probably in more ways than one).   She is featured on the cover of issue #5 in November.

While they are building up Lois, how can they help but give Clark Kent journalist a boost as well.  Clark doesn’t seem very excited about this blogging thing without Lois Lane in his orbit.  The blog he shares with Cat has been nothing but infotainment — something he accused Lois of when he found out she was moving in with Jonathan Carroll.  At least Lois waited 4 years to do so and probably after waiting for Clark to make a move since their chemistry is unmistakable.   Jonathan pursued her.  Clark didn’t.  After knowing Lois for five years and thinking she’s the most amazing woman he’s ever met, he kisses Diana out of fear and loneliness and starts dating his Justice League co-member.

This storyline has been very damaging to both the Superman and Wonder Woman individual mythologies.  Pushing Lois down too far may now have DCE finding a way to unsink Superman in his books.

Scott Snyder, Bryan Q. Miller and the various creators in the Adventures of Superman books have kept the true Superman mythology alive and well.  Kicking ass and taking names.  Scott Snyder’s Superman Unchained, when it is published, has been the #1 DC comic for the month.  Smallville Season 11 and Adventures of Superman are digital-firsts which not only sell electronic comics but also prints.

With the buildup of Lois Lane’s storyline, it means that the Superman mythology will FINALLY come to full blossom in the new 52.  Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Superman.  The Daily Planet, Krypton, and perhaps some Smallville locales could flesh out this iconic story.  The one that fans for generations have adored and purchased.

We’re still in the middle of New York Comic Con and perhaps there will be more goodies for Superman fans everywhere.

PS:  If DCE does the 5 year leap in September, 2014 and they’ve already established Lois Lane as a pillar of the Superman mythology – then I’m all for it.  Still would like to see things develop.  Have some foundation to build stories upon.

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