Freddy Krueger, One Big Ass DCE Nightmare

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Frank, Freddy Krueger, Miller and John, Dad Draws Better, Romita, Jr have announced they will be doing a Superman Year One book . . . for Superman’s 80th anniversary.

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Freddy is one of the propagators of the Dark Age of comics. (At least Alan Moore had the decency to use facsimiles of the Charlton characters and not actually Batman and Superman.) For 32 years, Krueger has created hordes that believe Superman must be destroyed at all costs because Batman is better. There are 30 years of articles and statements of Krueger’s hate for Superman. His treatment of the character in his stories, The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, All Star Batman and Robin and Dark Knight: Master Race shows his complete and utter disdain for the Man of Steel.

In a Rebirth world where Geoff Johns and Dan Jurgens are trying to bring Superman out of the trench of the Krueger inspired new 52, why is DC Entertainment giving Superman fans a kryptonite arrow in the back from Freddy?

Krueger considered Superman a bully. He was raised in Hell’s Kitchen and he knows a bully when he sees one or so he has stated in the past. In TDKR (1986) he made Superman a government shill so it was okay for Batman to have Green Arrow use a kryptonite arrow on Supes in a ‘fair fight.’ Freddy made it acceptable for Batman to cheat since Superman must be brought down at all costs.

Now Freddy is apparently having a ‘thief on the cross’ moment stating he’s always loved Superman and wants to do a Superman hero story (before he dies). And Superman fans are supposed to believe him? Freddy the atheist who doesn’t believe in thief on the cross moments? Superman fans are supposed to do a bohica (bend over here it comes again) for Freddy and DC Entertainment? Seriously?

DDB is no better. He bitched and complained about having to draw Superman during his DCE debut. He wanted to do Batman. Klaus Janson, DDB’s colorist on Superman, actually drew The Dark Knight Rises with Freddy. Janson said in an interview he wanted to be remembered for his Superman run rather than TDKR. Unfortunately for Klaus, DDB did not love the character and neither did new 52 editorial.

Freddy wrote and drew Superman with a spare no hate policy. His stories drip with it.

NOW, he wants ‘redemption’?

Some bean counter at DC Entertainment looked at the Dark Knight: Master Race numbers – a cultivation of over 30 years of Superman hate – and decided, oh yea, Freddy can write a Superman book along with his Igor, DDB. Marketing should be literally throwing themselves out windows. Who do you market a Freddy Superman book to? Superman fans? Batman fans? It was Freddy who purposely divided these two for TDKR.  Market a Superman book after Freddy’s complete MKUltra for 3 decades? Dream on!

Shall we talk about Freddy’s treatment of women. Oh let’s.

Selina Kyle (Catwoman)

In The Dark Knight Returns, Selina runs an escort service. Joker attacks her, ties her up & dresses her as Wonder Woman for Batman to find. Freddy has/had a dislike for ‘heroes’ who wore the American Flag as a costume.

In Batman Year One (1987), Freddy made Selina Kyle a crewcut wearing prostitute/dominatrix. We know Catwoman always carried a whip but this was more for self defense, not a tool of the trade.

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The Dark Knight Strikes Back has Wonder Woman being raped by Superman and liking it. This continues throughout the Dark Knight series producing 2 children which neither of them truly raise. All Star Batman and Robin touched on this as well only sans kids.

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All but one of the women are either prostitutes or strippers. The story is framed by male observers which places the women in a world where their worth is who you are sleeping with or who wants to sleep with you.

Lois Lane

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Freddy only killed Lois in TDKR, he’s never actually written her.

So what does this mean for a Superman story from Freddy? Back to the new 52 style of kicking Lois to the curb or killing her (like he did Electra in his Daredevil run)?

Freddy can’t write Lois Lane. She’s a woman he can’t manipulate into being lesser. He might not write her at all; the challenge would be so great. And that’s why Freddy can never write a true Superman story. Because he has never understood Clark Kent or what that character truly means to the world  — comic book world or real world.

Can Freddy write a power mad super being in a Superman suit? Sure, he’s done that before. But can he write Clark Kent? Can he write the Daily Planet? Can he write a female character who isn’t a sex worker or ends up dead in one issue?

Krueger has stated that comic book characters aren’t people, they’re just lines on a page. This is not a true believer. This is not a Superman fan.

Superman fans BELIEVE!

History and experience says Freddy, Frank Miller, Kruger cannot write Superman as a hero. Freddy destroys well – which may serve Batman’s story to some extent. But the Superman story is about building a better world. Being constructive and inspiring.

Does anyone believe at this stage of the game and his career, Freddy can pull this off?

Who exactly are they going to market this Superman Year One book to? The dark Batman/Superman hating fans he’s cultivated for decades? Superman fans who have shunned his books and interpretations?

For Superman’s 80th anniversary, don’t Superman fans deserve better than this nightmare of a decision?

 

**The author apologies for any detrimental statements about the real Freddy Krueger character that may be perceived in this blogpost.**

July 23, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

My thoughts on Mystery Clark . . . Is he new 52 Superman?

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Rebirth has been the best thing to happen to Superman since 2011. Order numbers are up and there are plenty of mysteries to go around in Action Comics as well as the revitalized DCU in general.

Four blasts from the dying new 52 Superman: One to new 52 Lois, one to new 52 blahna (sorry, her new book has not improved my opinion of the character), and one to Kenan the Super-dash-man. Lex did not receive superpowers. He has a suit. So the 4th blast went where?

As soon as new 52 Superman died, mystery Clark Kent appeared.

Side note:  For some reason unknown to sane people, DC had Phil Jimenez handle the death of new 52 Lois in blahna’s book. Not well done. Poorly executed. Bait and switch. Followed by worst protagonist ever!

First of all, let me say that I believe Dan Jurgens would never make a Clark a ‘bad guy’. He just loves the character too much. And Jurgens and his compatriots in the 90s were responsible for making Clark Kent the guy and Superman the job.

Mystery CK has the personality of Clark and the instincts of Superman. He weirds out Post Crisis Lois for a number of reasons. (see Action 973 below)mysteryclark1

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What I am seeing and hoping for (no matter how short-lived) is a psychological examination of a Clark Kent who no longer has to ‘worry’ about exposing his superpowers. If he doesn’t believe he has any then he would act differently in some ways. Not opposite. Just some aspects more energized.

For instance, new 52 Superman did not date Lois Lane. He has a 5 year gap in his story (which is still involved in Rebirth timeline) where we don’t know what happened. Also, Wonder Woman’s current stories are revealing what happened to her – one is called LIES. New 52 Superman would have had lies in his story as well. Hopefully we’ll see those exposed.

In Action 974, we see a Clark Kent who asked Post Crisis Lois out to talk, but ends up proposing. His ‘memories’ are coming back. Making up for lost time there, Clarkie?

I believe that mystery Clark is a version of new 52 Superman. His attraction to Lois and his ultra-protectiveness are true instincts of the Superman we all know and love.

What weirds out the Pre Flashpoint Lois is that she knows this is not her Clark. She and her Clark have been laying low for the past 10 years raising their son, Jonathan.

Sidenote: Is new 52 Lois truly dead? Is she in another Mr. Oz cell along with Tim Drake? Could Hawkman be joining them soon since he’s supposed to die? These are the questions we are asking aside from mystery Clark.

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Action 976 March 22nd

In the solicits, we have seen 2 Supermen on the cover of Action 976 during the REBORN storyline, in different supersuits. Post Crisis has blue lightening and collared possibly new 52 Superman has red. Reminiscent of the Red and the Blue Supermen. I wasn’t a fan so my comics for 1998 are not numerous. Notice that on Action 974 Mystery Clark has blue lightning around him.  This could be connected to the ominous blue glow which Post Crisis Superman found.  Here’s my point:   what if they are going with the same concept of a Superman Red and a Superman Blue but in different books and actually two different Supermen?

Fans were disappointed (to put it mildly) with the new 52 Superman because of the 5 year gap in story and the Superman mythology being radically changed. Rebirth and Reborn (to hit stores in March) should be rectifying that.

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(Jim Lee mafia did it!)

A Clark always goes after a Lois. This was what was wrong with the new 52. So Mystery Clark coming to the realization he should be with Lois (even if she isn’t HIS Lois) shows a super man in action. He goes after what he wants. Mystery Clark doesn’t have the mindset of worrying about exposing his superness. So he takes Lois on a ‘date’ in a limo and at the finest French restaurant. He can’t fly her in his arms to Paris, right? So Mystery Clark does what he can do. The intent is there. The instinct to show Lois how special she is to him is palatable. If you’ve ever read Action #1, 1938, Mystery Clark and the Clark Kent introduced for the first time are very similar. Before Smallville, before Superboy, before kryptonite, before flying – Clark Kent made a beeline for Lois Lane.

Many fans believe and want new 52 Superman redeemed. We want to see how the ‘new 52’ creators handle the courtship of Clark Kent/Lois Lane/Superman aka the triangle for two. Lois can still be ‘in the know’ about his ‘secret’ – which in the modern age has been the norm. How does that courtship look from the beginning if Lois knows Clark and Superman are one and the same? This makes for new avenues of storytelling.

Would we, could we be getting another Superman in the mix? If blahna can have her own book (over Lois having one), then new 52 Superman could perceivably have his own book.

Having Post Crisis/Pre Flashpoint Clark/Lois/Superman back is great ESPECIALLY now that they have Jonathan. Jon shares a book with Damian called Supersons which is fantastic.

But the Clark/Lois/Superman courtship is something fans have missed since 2011.

I don’t see why the DCU couldn’t be enlarged with having a redeemed new 52 Superman with his Lois.

We hardly knew this guy because he had no real background and he made A LOT of unSuperman-like decisions. Since the Multiverse is back, it’s big enough to include a refurbished ‘new 52’.

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At the end of Superman 17, we saw a shadowy figure with glasses peering at the Kent-White-Smith farmhouse.  In Action 974, we were justified to think it was Mystery Clark.

I believe it is not Lois Lane, Mystery Clark is admonishing in this panel, but Mr. Oz or The Powers That Be who irrecoverably changed new 52 Superman’s life for 5 years, real time.  This character knows how things should have been.  He knows he was cheated and diminished in the new 52.

March will bring us the REBORN story through the Superman and Action books.  Can’t wait.

February 23, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, 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.

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.