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.

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.

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.

RENAISSANCE MAN NO MORE

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When I was young I didn’t know what a Renaissance man was, but I knew what a Superman was/is/should be.

Superman to me was more than just a brawling alien who fought for Earth and its human inhabitants.  Being the Last Son of Krypton allowed this being to possess all the knowledge of the known galaxies. What does such a man do with all those advantages?  How can mere humans ever hope to relate to him?  How can a reading audience ever trust him to never be corrupted?  The answer is in his origins.  He took on a human identity.

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February 15, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

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.

October 12, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Superman. 2 comments.

SUPERMAN IS A LOVE STORY

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In December, 2011, I wrote this on my tumblr blog.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I snatch it from my archives to present it once again.  See if anything has changed or things have gotten worse for the greatest comic book love story.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. It’s just a continuation of questions I’ve had in the last three years of reading comics involving Superman. If you’re not sure why, please check out therearecertainshadesoflimelight’s eloquent articulation regarding a great panel from Superman #700 and the events that preceded and followed it.  Here

I don’t know what DC was thinking but I mentioned the lack of Clark Kent in the comics several times over the years on OSCK blog and in OSCK Magazine. (Maybe we should bring those back in a fight for our Superman — Operation Save Clark Kent is aptly named)

Did DC think we didn’t notice Clark and Lois were separated and Superman was not in Action or Superman comics for 2 to 3 years?

In an October Newsarama article, writer James Robinson confesses the World of New Krypton fiasco might have been better received if DC had not taken Superman out of his own books.  Here

So let’s not blame the scanty, emotionless, boring storylines DC Comics chose for the Man of Steel, let’s blame the marriage. That is the stance and mindset DC (Didio & Lee) conveyed as their justification for the reboot. Superman has had a hard reboot. Let’s call it what it is.

New York Times interview, August 31, 2011:

“Its latest company-wide overhaul has been almost a year in the making, devised in October (2010) at an editorial retreat where staff members were trying to create a love triangle for Superman, who wed Lois Lane in 1996.

Once the team decided it did not have to be bound by this marital detail, “we started talking about a lot of crazy, what-if situations, and out of that openness came the idea of renumbering the entire line,” said Jim Lee, co-publisher of DC Comics and an illustrator of the new Justice League series.”

From Newsarama interview, July 18, 2011, just before the San Diego Comic Con:

“We wanted to have that sense of isolation that might come with being an alien among men,” DiDio said. “The two choices that were made, with both his parents being dead and not being married, isolated Clark a little bit more, so that he really had to do more exploration about mankind. There wasn’t that one strong human tether that he was bonding with and learning through.”

I guess DC did not learn their lesson from World of New Krypton. The reason Superman oriented book sales plummeted = the isolation of the being with superpowers from those he loved and held dear including his persona as a journalist for the Daily Planet.

So now we have a designer comic in Action Comics with Grant Morrison writing. It was Dan Didio who approached Morrison.

According to Morrison fans, don’t bother buying individual issues of his storylines as they won’t make sense until the end of the arc. (This has proven to be true since he’s somewhat formulaic in his style, no matter how ’intelligentsia quirky and anarchic.’) Morrison was brought on because of his sales numbers not his love of the character. Superman is squashed through Morrison’s sieve of scientific meta and counter culture leanings. The result is unrecognizable as the Man of Tomorrow.

So basically we’re supposed to wait for the trade paperbacks otherwise we won’t be able to appreciate the ‘genius’ of Morrison. How this will help the fledgling DCnU, I can’t fathom. But maybe that’s the point. It’s very apparent the character of Superman has not been loved for a long time by the DC hierarchy. Batman has more than two of his own books a month; in fact, in any one month he’s in a dozen books. Not so Superman.

Today’s DC is very short sighted when it comes to Superman. Why they want to damage the icon that made the company what it is today is baffling.

Superman is a love story. That’s one of the reasons Siegel and Shuster’s Action #1 of 1938 was relatable to a wide audience. Clark Kent aggressively chased Lois Lane as much as Superman pursued crime and injustice. This is the Golden Age Morrison supposedly extensively researched. Yet, we are not getting any love story in today’s Action Comics. Clark has no real love for Earth, Metropolis, the Daily Planet or Star, or Lois Lane. In fact, he has no loving spirit at all. It’s all rebellious bluster and impetuosity.

Superman is a character of great heart. He loves people, no matter what planet they’re from. His upbringing by the Kents was a foundational one, so much so it can be seen even without Jonathan and Martha’s presence. They nurtured his natural loving heart and keen mind. We are getting none of this regarding his character in Action Comics. We definitely see the isolation Didio spoke of in the Newsarama article – as if Superman had been hatched just before arriving in Metropolis.

In the Smallville Retrospective Season 10 commentary, Danny Fingeroth, longtime Group Editor of Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man line, short story writer in Superman 80 Page Giant #1 (1999) and author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society had this to say about the Clark/Lois/Superman iconic love story.

“In Smallville, Lois and he [Clark] have a real, romantic relationship in an era of fragmented families (when 50% of marriages end in divorce) the fantasy of having an actual romantic relationship that works is something that appeals to a viewership that comes from a fragmented society.

Whereas years ago, when everybody (whether they were happy or not) got married and stayed married, the fantasy of being free and single was the fantasy so that Superman would never commit.

The idea of Superman being, living happily ever after with someone now becomes a part of what people find appealing in the character.“

Listen up, DC. Fingeroth’s point is today’s comic readers NEED Superman to give them hope and something to aspire to. Young men (DC’s target audience) CAN relate to a story about loving someone more so than being genetically ‘raped’ and not knowing you have a young son who’s been trained by assassins. (Damian Wayne was introduced into continuity in 2006 by Grant Morrison’s Batman stories.)

Does DC need any other evidence of that point than Smallville’s two to three million (or more) a week ratings? What if only a percentage of those viewers bought Superman comic books? The sales numbers would be astronomical. DC’s Superman reboot attitude towards young Clark Kent and Superman is denying this character of his audience by ripping his heart and spirit from him. He does not have hope in his heart or a heart for people.

In other news, someone loved Siegel and Shuster’s Action #1 (1938) so much they paid $2.16 MILLION dollars to own an original. Will Action #1 (2011) ever see that distinction? Nope.

Clark’s love should be shown in the DCnU. His love of all beings, the Earth, Metropolis, and Daily Planet should be apparent in comic panels. And even more essential, readers need to see how he found the love of his life in Lois Lane.

Every incarnation of Superman has shown compassion and wit within its pages. New 52 Superman fans miss this A LOT. George Perez, a man who celebrates his own marriage on his fan page, had a burgeoning foundation of these elements in the Superman titled comic. He is leaving the book after issue six.

In this month’s Comic Shop News (free) featuring the cover of Superman #5 (by Perez), George states, “I was asked to do Superman based on stuff that I had done before; however, since it was a total relaunch, I didn’t recognize the character and feel as close to him as I had hoped I would, because it didn’t seem like my Superman.” (George Perez has experience with reboots. He was the artist on Marv Wolfman’s Crisis on Infinite Earths.)

Mr. Perez, we’re very happy you didn’t completely recognize the new 52 Superman because we didn’t either. Your book, Superman, is the only book keeping Superman the real deal, alive. It gives us hope, we’ll be seeing our Superman soon.

Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen are picking up Superman with issue #7 and as loyal readers can tell you. They understand who Clark Kent is, who Superman is and why Lois Lane and their love is so very pertinent to this mythology.

Superman is a love story. And who doesn’t love those?

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Recently a former Superman writer no longer with DC Comics said there was no mandate.  But even from the casual observer, they realize there is a mandate to keep Clark/Superman and Lois apart in the new 52.  It’s gone on for 18 months as orders for Action and Superman plummet month after month.  Without the human component (Clark Kent & Lois Lane) in this iconic story, you are missing out on the dual identity and the triangle-for-two — the cornerstones of what made this mythology beloved and enduring.  Not to mention SUCCESSFUL!

February 14, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Superman. Leave a comment.

BABIES IN REFRIGERATORS. A STEP TOO FAR?

DC Entertainment has no shame.  They have gone from killing women as a plot point, to now killing  babies.

In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Superman finds out his wife, Lois Lane, is pregnant.  They both want this child.  Joker has other ideas.  He’s in Metropolis, not Gotham City.  Kryptonite is missing from STAR labs which only Batman knows about.  Scarecrow has had some of his mind gases stolen.  Guess who!  Joker kidnaps Lois and puts a remote for an explosive device on her.  Superman realizes he can’t see Lois.  He implores Batman to help him.  The Justice League is called in.  Superman finds his wife with Joker and Harley Quinn on a submarine. Superman then sees Doomsday.  Since Lois was unconscious for the surgery, there was no means for her to call out to her husband to let him know he was hallucinating.  Superman takes pregnant DoomsdayLois into space and after Batman yells at him, he realizes he has just killed his wife and baby.

Joker mocks the pregnancy as the loss of Lois’ life blows up Metropolis killing millions.   Superman becomes a tyrant.

This is a digital-first comic and a video game created by the Mortal Kombat people for DC Entertainment.  The author of the comic has said this was the worst thing he has ever done to a character he has loved.  Writers gotta eat.

This is not a one off, in fact, if fans had thought about the road DC Entertainment (organized in 2009) has gone down with Superman – this is the ultimate for them.  He is definitely a battling alien.  No human connections.  And as a tyrant, he has to kill.  No one rules over billions without some deaths along the way.  That’s reality.  And DC Entertainment is definitely going for reality with this game/comic – a bleak, nihilistic world where a beloved, once-morally-stellar hero is twisted into a killer.

Dan Didio and Jim Lee were officially made Co-Publishers of DC Entertainment on February 18, 2010 replacing Paul Levitz who was President & Publisher of DC Comics.  Levitz stepped down from his post in September, 2009 to serve as the Contributing Editor and Overall Consultant for the newly formed DC Entertainment.  Didio and Lee probably took on their publisher roles long before February, 2010.  Later that year at a “writer’s retreat”, the new 52 was born but was not implemented until August 31, 2011.

Jim Lee was/is the Executive Creative Director for DC Universe Online.  There was a video game called DCU Online Legends with an accompanying print bi-monthly comic.  More about that later.  Lee was integral in the development of Didio’s reboot of the DC Universe into the New 52.  He designed Superman’s new Kryptonian armor sans red panties but with a collar.  Lee is also the creator of Mister Majestic, a mockery of Superman created in the Wildstorm universe.  Lee thought a powerful alien should not be held back by a moral core or relate to humans.  Mister Majestic wears a collar – and Lee said the collar made Superman look more ‘majestic.’  The new 52 Superman has been alienated with no human connections.  He is currently “dating” Wonder Woman after a HUGE promo of this lightswitched bullship in Justice League, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Co-Publisher Lee.  At the writers’ retreat of 2010, it was decided to put Superman in a love triangle – and then the ideas just flowed.   (like piss, shit or vomit?)

Jim Lee, Dan Didio, Geoff Johns and Bob Harras probably gave the green light for Lois Lane and Superman’s baby to be killed, making him the ultimate battling alien and killer.  Is it a step too far?  Do they truly know Superman and what he means to generations of fans?  Do they care?  All evidence would say they don’t as they have systematically have been destroying Superman for years.

Clark Kent has been gone for years.  No journalist (or blogger) stories.  He’s barely on the page.  It’s the battling alien all the way.  From World of New Krypton (2009), Grounded, Flashpoint, and the new 52 – Superman no longer has the dual identity inner conflict or personhood.  He has to battle every villain from every age and new ones to bide his time.

Lois Lane has suffered, too.  With Clark’s human side absent, she has paid the consequences.  Since Flashpoint (August, 2011) masterminded by Geoff Johns, Lois has been fridged five times.

In Flashpoint: Project Superman, Kal-El’s ship does not land in Smallville (meaning no Clark Kent), but Metropolis.  Eventually a young Kal and Lois Lane meet.  She leaves such an impression on him he seeks her out when he escapes his underground cell years later.  Fans appreciated the ‘cliche’ line in this panel and not so much the clichéd statement in the other panel.  True refrigeration.

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“It takes a sacrifice to birth a hero” must be a mantra in the halls of DC Entertainment.

Superman Beyond (#0 issue in August, 2011, now a digital-first series) and Earth 2 (May, 2012) both had Lois’ death pre-story.  In Superman Beyond, we assume she died of natural causes as Superman has gray hair.  In Earth 2, she was killed by Darkseid.  Also in James Robinson’s Earth 2 series, Superman dies in the first issue (maybe).

In the DCU Online: Legends comic book series, Lois also dies.  It debuted on February 2, 2011, and was an expansion of the story of the DC Universe Online MMORPG video game.  The series was written by the game’s story co-writer Marv Wolfman and Tony Bedard with Tom Taylor penning issues 16 and 17.  Yes, the same Tom Taylor that is writing Injustice: Gods Among Us, but Lois died in issue 14 (August, 2011).  Superman didn’t become a tyrant, he flew off in anger and grief to return later to help save the day.  Marv Wolfman did give us a happy ending even though we never saw Lois on panel again.  With the help of Luthor and the Justice League, they played a time reversal card to make it all better.

To show you how Superman’s story and the DC Universe has changed, I give you these panels.  Lois and Superman have both been infected by Brainiac (with the help of Lex Luthor).  Superman is unable to control his powers or his mind because of it.  When kryptonite caged by his friends in the Justice League, Lois, Superman’s wife, gives them all a pep talk.

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Those days are gone.  Love is gone.  Hope is gone.  And with the latest incarnation of Superman in a video, the universe is a dark, gritty, bleak place where gamers play for hours.

Superman is no longer a light amongst the darkness – he’s been drug down to our level.  Not a boy scout or a champion of the oppressed – but he makes a damn fine tyrant, don’t ya think?

At this time it is not known whether or not Wonder Woman will be Superman’s main squeeze as they rule the world.  She’s taken sloppy seconds before in Kingdom Come and may not be his number one pick for a mate in the new 52 even though DC Entertainment is spending money hand over fist to make it so.

Let’s talk a little numbers, shall we?  World of New Krypton when this battling alien with no human connections idea became prominent.  Superman was not in Action Comics for two years and not in the Superman book for one year while this went on.  DC Entertainment.  March, 2009 had the highest amount of orders with 50,048; lowest amount of orders 32,407 with its last month, February, 2010.  Next came Last Stand of New Krypton, three issues (February & March, 2010) with an average of 36,215 orders.  Which lead into the War of the Supermen (remember there were 100,001 Kryptonians flying around), 4 issues with an average order of 44,669.   The WONK series brought in a whopping [sarcasm] 39,667 per issue orders with its run.

Superman returned to his book with Superman #700.  He also returned to his wife, Lois Lane after the big war.  Orders were  67,571.

But then Superman decided to go on walkabout in his red undies.  Not much Clark Kent until the quick cleanup at the end of the series before Flashpoint.  Superman #701 (July, 2010) had 54,506 but Grounded finished with 35,919 orders.  An average of 42, 956 over its run.

Superman finally returned to Action Comics continuity (after a 2 year absence) in #901, May, 2011 and ended in #904, August, 2011 with an average of 41,407 a month.   By this time the new 52 was announced and the Kent marriage walked off together into the sunset.

Let’s go back to more current history.  The new 52.  Superman #1 and Action #1 were released in September, 2011.   In October of that year, Action had 153, 855 orders and Superman with 94,233.  Grant Morrison decided not to go into the present timeline after six issues and has extended his run through #18 of March, 2013.   In December, 2012, Action had 61,298.  The largest drop (60.16%) of orders over the time span.   Morrison was touted as the big draw to the book, not Superman.  The Superman book ended 2012 with 51,225, a drop of 45.64%.

The Superman Unbound animation which is being developed is based on Geoff Johns Brainiac (Action 864 through 870) series of 2008.  Superman was in his tights mostly.  Clark was not being a journalist, but he was the son of a farmer.  Johns killed Jonathan Kent in this series.  Alienation and Refrigeration!  The Boyz of DC Entertainment.  Then the following issue of Action #871 brought the New Krypton stories in Action for a year minus Superman/Clark/Kal-El and the next year was the Lex Luthor Action series.  On Free Comic Book Day, we will receive part of the Brainiac story.   The average orders for the Brainiac series were 50,169 per issue.  Not as large as Morrison’s worst month of new 52 and only slightly worse than Superman’s December, 2012 numbers.

Let’s take a look at some numbers where Clark Kent was a journalist/reporter/blogger (as well as Superman).  George Perez wrote the new 52 Superman in issues #1 thru #6.  He left the book not knowing what editorial was going to keep of his story.  DC Entertainment has problems with creators staying on.  The new Superman book has had 4 writers on it so far.  Issue #1 was not only the foundation of the present time Superman mythology but Clark wrote a story for Daily Planet – used via narration boxes.  We have not seen that since.  Average orders for Perez’s new 52 run (just counting #2 thru #6 since September 2011 was a fluke) were 76, 842.  In his run, we saw the dual identity and the triangle for two.  Not so much now.

Action Comics #1 published in the Spring of 1938, had Superman leaping around bringing a criminal to justice and exonerating an innocent from execution.  As Clark Kent, he asked Lois Lane for a date, yet again and took her to a speak easy.  A mobster interrupted their dance and while Clark remained mild mannered, he didn’t protect his oppressed dance partner.  Never mind.  Lois can handle herself.  She slaps the mobster and gives Clark what for.  Leaving in a cab, the mobster collides with it and kidnaps Lois.  Superman appears to save the day and bring the bully to justice.  He whisks Lois away into the Metropolis night.  Clark Kent and Superman are one and the same.  They cannot be dissected.  He needs his whole story – and as we have seen under these people within DC Entertainment, as his numbers go down, fans won’t get their whole Superman back until they are gone.  The current DC Entertainment’s  vision of Superman is myopic and they don’t deal with his heart and spirit.

In 1938, the world was on the brink of yet another world war and in the middle of a financial depression.  Superman was an inspiration to our ancestors.  He showed them they could be their own Superman and save their world if they only take action.  He righted wrongs.  He stood up for the downtrodden.  He was a man who could fly (eventually).  He had a heart and a true love – a woman with Chutzpah, an analytical mind and a strong will, but with a good heart.  They were loners and yet when together, they became a whole.

In 2013, the world is in and out of wars (mostly in) at the drop of a hat and we are in a worldwide financial crisis.  Where is our Superman?  Where is our hope that things can get better?  Where is our inspiration that leads us to aspire?  He’s alienated and can’t relate to humans.  He has to fight aliens and psychotic villains.  He’s not like us in any way.  He’s powerful and majestic.  He doesn’t assimilate and isn’t proud of his human upbringing.  He’s an emotional coward.  He lives in so many altered states, alternate worlds and alternate timelines – he doesn’t know who he truly is and neither do the people who read his books.   So why bother spending money on them?  Many have quit and are not likely to come back.  Trust has been broken.

We NEED a Superman.  A better Superman than we are being given by DC Entertainment.

We still haven’t seen what Andy Diggle will do in Action or rather what he’s allowed to do since his first Action issue has been moved to #19.  Scott Snyder will be writing the Man of Steel book.  He may have more freedom since he has had success with the Batman book (Didio’s fav character!).  The Man of Steel movie appears in June, 2013.

But just imagine you’re a Superman fan.  A beaten and battered Superman fan with a gun pointed at you, because it has been torture to see what the Boyz at DC Entertainment have done to the original superhero and his mythology.

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Now imagine you’ve been told someone new is going to come into the room.  Should you be excited (with a grain of hope) or do you expect the worst?   Or do you become so numb, you just don’t care.  Something you have loved has died and something inside of you has died, too.

Where is Superman?

Recently DC Entertainment saw fit to cancel Superman Family Adventures, a book for Everyone about Classic Superman.  This monthly book of joy will no longer exist after April, 2013.  DC Entertainment does not feel it necessary to build a fanbase of younger readers so they will keep on reading comics throughout their lives.  Wise business sense?

In April, DC Entertainment has deemed their books ‘WTF certified’ – again younger readers needn’t bother.

In March, Kevin Sujihara will become the CEO of Warner Brothers Entertainment over movie, television, DC Comics, and other businesses.   Since 2005, Tsujihara has been President of Warner Brother Home Entertainment which included home video, digital distribution, videogames, anti-piracy, and emerging technology operations.  Paul Levitz, while President/Publisher of DC Comics worked with Kevin Tsujihara within the company.  Mr. Tsuijihara would have been involved with Smallville DVDs (a moneymaker), Timm animations, digital distribution, and video games involving Superman.

He’s a new person in the room.  He has power.  Should Superman fans hope?

Or did all hope die with Lois and Clark’s baby . . . the most disgusting thing called entertainment many people have ever seen.

It takes a sacrifice to birth a hero – isn’t it about time the Boyz of DC Entertainment make a sacrifice of themselves (their control, their egos, their jobs)?

February 1, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Superman. 4 comments.

The Deconstruction of Superman

Anyone who has been following my blog knows how I feel about what the Co-Publishers have been doing to the Man of Steel.  I’m just not sure how much Geoff Johns is involved in this deconstruction.

Back in 2008, when Didio was just VP Executive Editor and Lee was an artist and Executive Creative Director over video games, Geoff Johns met with James Robinson and Greg Rucka to discuss the Superman storyline for the next two years.   What fans got was Superman out of the Superman book for a year and Superman out of Action Comics for two years.  World of New Krypton had a Superman/Clark Kent leaving his loved ones (including his wife, Lois) to go live on New Krypton as Kal-El with 100,000 other Kryptonians.   Sales plummeted.  No one knew this character without his dual identity and only his alien heritage.  There was no marriage as apparently Kal-El dared not even think of Lois while on his new world.

After that sales dive, J Michael Straczynski gave us Grounded where Superman would walk the United States to get back to his superhero roots.  Minus his wife, of course.  Shortly after a meeting with Dan Didio in late 2010 JMS learned that Didio was jonsing for a reboot and was getting it.  Soon after JMS dropped Grounded (so he could concentrate on Superman: Earth One supposedly) and Chris Roberson was given up the clean up duties.  We found that the marriage was alive when Lois visited her mind controlled husband – but he still wasn’t truly Superman or Clark Kent .   No dual identity or triangle-for-two.

When the reboot was announced, Paul Cornell finished out his Action run (his previous year on Action consisted of a Lex Luthor based story with a Lois-bot and every DCU villain, but no Superman) with Doomsday and the Supers battling it out.  Roberson and Cornell tried to end Superman and Action with a tribute to the marriage and the most iconic love story in comic book history. But a couple of pages just didn’t cut it.

Lois Lane was fridged 4 times in a 12 month period before and after the reboot.  Her marriage was thrown into oblivion – because she was a “beautiful trophy wife and the marriage just weighed down Superman and made him boring.”  Didio said they had no writers who could write the Superman story with all that baggage.

Enter the new 52.

There were rumors that there would be a Superman Wonder Woman hookup early on.  This seemed to be underlined by that October, 2010 “writers’ retreat” where they thought of putting Superman in a love triangle and the ideas just flowed.

You’ve read who I think were actually at the writers retreat – and no one who actually wrote Superman or loved the character could have come up with what he is in the new 52. Removing all his human tethers and making him alienated sounds like ideas from people on the outside and not working from within the character.   George Perez and Grant Morrison were handpicked to write Superman and Action.  Perez later spoke of how editorial (and possible corporate entities) had very strict perimeters which often changed on a whim.  Morrison, who Didio boosted as the main reason to buy Action, later within his story spoke of a corporation who took a great iconic idea which everyone loved  (Superman) and twisted him into something he was never intended to be – a superdoomsday, a monster that kills.

Bryan Q. Miller had an idea for a comic book that would continue the Smallville television story before the show ended.  He couldn’t sell the idea as the new 52 was beginning to get ‘organized’ but later, he was told that his book would be published.  Smallville Season 11 would be a digital-first meaning fans could purchase a digital-chapter before it was compiled into a print issue.   Fans disappointed with what was transpiring in the new 52 books were happy to purchase (both electronically and in print) the story of a classic Superman.  The Smallville show had its troubles, but it did try to incorporate all the ages of the Superman mythology.

Although there have been no digital numbers released regarding sales/downloads, Smallville Season 11 at a 99 cent price point usually rises to the #1 spot week after week.  That’s quite a feat for a book competing with $3 or $4 books well established in the new 52 or at Marvel or the other publishing companies.  Print-wise Smallville Season 11 dances around the 100 mark each month and has done so steadily.  It’s like guaranteed money.  Now with a little more promotion maybe it could go up the order charts – but Smallville Clark is a classic character and would be a reminder of what the new 52 Superman is not.

Superman Family Adventures by Art Baltazar and Franco also gave fans of all ages, a classic Superman.  The triangle-for-two (Clark and Lois), super pets, the Daily Planet, and all the villains (new and old).  BUT, this past week fans found out after its 12th issue, Superman Family Adventures would be no more.   No more laughing.  No more fun.  If DC Entertainment were seriously trying to build its comic book division, then wrangling the kids early on in their lives would give them a habit for life.  And since kids (of all ages) are electronically savvy, then why not have had it in some digital form and promote the hell out of it?  But again, maybe Superman Family Adventures brought up too much of the old mythos to the Co-Publishers liking.

Since August 22nd, DC Comics has promoted the pairing of Superman and Wonder Woman to the point of hysteria.  Profiles from match.com, multi-media promotion, made up top ten polls, and hyperbole made into a new art form has been relentlessly shoved down fans throats.  Although Justice League #12  got a bump with its heavy promotion and second variant cover, its orders have continued to fall month after month.   Action Comics orders have fallen 60% since October, 2011 and Superman after  four writers still is falling.  WHY?

When Superman fans saw the kiss promo, we knew why Superman just couldn’t get off the ground.  Clark Kent has not been seen much since Perez’s run (1-6) , Morrison writes in multiple timelines and really didn’t give us much until Action #12 (same month as JL #12), and the Daily Planet and Lois especially has been relegated to a deeply buried subplot.   Superman’s dual identity, the triangle-for-two and his human background are gone!

Did you know that Superman is an alien?

Similar to what we experienced in WONK, Superman is an alien complete with a suit of armor with a Mister Majestic collar.  He’s all alone.  There’s no one like him (except Supergirl and Superboy . . . and the many other Kryptonian villains DC has unleashed upon him).   So if he doesn’t exactly know who he is – you can forgive him cause, he’s alienated.  (worst characterization ever)

Why alienate Superman?  Because then you can turn him into something he has never been – a monster.  How do you alienate him – you jump into his story at the five year mark and hope no one asks any questions.

Kal-El was placed into a ship by Jor-El and Lara to save him from the destruction of Krypton.  He landed in a field in Kansas and was discovered by the Kents.  That much of the story has not changed.  But we do not see his upbringing by the Kents or his first five years working as a reporter in Metropolis.

If any writer was in that writers’ retreat, they would know that a character’s back story and circumstances shape the story and suggest plots.   It seems as though this Clark Kent did not develop his powers until he was an adolescent.  That means his formative years where he’s a learning sponge were under the direction and guidance of the Kents.  We’ve been told he has a strong moral core.  Clark experienced rejection in middle school (being picked last for a basketball team) but he played football in high school.  A picture proudly displayed at the Kent farm confirms this.   How alienated can he be if he played team sports?  He even has a favorite eating spot in Smallville where he enjoys the company  of the folks there.

In Action 12, Clark is far from alienated from Lois Lane.  He saves her life as if his counted on it.  And in Perez’s run, his life did depend on Lois as she saved the super damsel in distress at least twice.  Also within those pages, we saw Clark wished things could have been different between he and Lois.  He had just found out she had a boyfriend (Superman #1) which editorial gleefully related made Clark despondent (thus alienating him further).  Bad Lois for making Superman feel bad.

Fans have never seen those first moments of Lois meeting Clark face to face or Superman meeting Lois Lane face to face.  The triangle-for-two is dead.  He’s dating Wonder Woman because he’s alienated.  Still working as a journalist, even though he left the Daily Planet (thus alienating him further), and still seems to enjoy a hot dog and having a slob for a room mate in the form of Jimmy Olsen.

Right now when we do see Clark, we are TOLD in narration boxes, he finds Lois to be the most amazing woman he has ever known.   But within the story, Clark chastises Lois for having a boyfriend she’s moving in with and tossing her journalistic integrity away in her new position at the Daily Planet.  While he’s kissing Wonder Woman because there’s no one like them – except for the supers, and some of the peeps on Justice League, Justice League Dark, and soon to be Justice League of America.

This is just bad storytelling.  POOR POOR characterization and just darn right stomping down of the Superman character and mythos.

Superman is no longer a symbol of hope (even though Perez, Giffen and Jurgens tried to put that into the narrative).  He is feared by the humans of the world (except Lois and Jimmy supposedly).  And will be more feared when his relationship with Wonder Woman is publicized in the story – thus leading up to the Trinity War (the first crisis of the new 52).  Yes, people fear Superman.  He’s an emotional coward.  Doesn’t follow his heart.  He’s alienated.  Sometimes emotionally removed (Justice League) and hovering above others.   Sometimes over the top petulant 12 year old emotionally in Lobdell’s Superman book.  He doesn’t know who he is and we certainly don’t know who he is either.  His story has been smashed to smithereens – and for what purpose?

This past week fans got the first chapter of the comic book behind the video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us.  It is being done by the people who did Mortal Kombat.  That’s right the very violent, fight to the death (lots of death) video game.  We see a Superman we are familiar with.  He’s married to Lois Lane.  He’s wearing the new 52 suit.  Why have Lois in the comic if she means nothing to his story?  Emotional impact.  How do you turn Superman into a killing monster?  You kill Lois and their unborn child. Talk about a slap in the face to Superman fans.  Lois is only important if you can fridge her and her baby to make Clark into a monster.   It’s the nature of the video game – Superman has to be a tyrant in order to bring order into the world, right?  And the only way to be a tyrant is to kill a few along the way especially if your game is being done by the Mortal Kombat guys.  And if it means getting vengeance for Lois’ death all the better, right?

Even the writer of the comic said it was the most painful thing he has ever done – destroying Superman.

DC Entertainment has sold Superman’s soul for a video game.  He will kill.  He will do things out of anger.  There is no self discipline or self control – that would not be conducive to the game.

There is no shining light of hope in troubled times as there was in the Great Depression.  We in the soon-to-be Greater Depression have no such inspiration or aspiration.  That character is gone and has been for quite a few years now.  He’s too alienated.  He doesn’t relate to humans.  And if you piss him off for some reason, he will kill.  This is Lee’s Mister Majestic not Superman.   But some of us knew that already – like everyone who has thrown down a new 52 Superman book in disgust.

Will generations of fans see THE Superman they know and love?  Most probably in the Man of Steel movie.  Dan Didio and Jim Lee thankfully have nothing to do with that.

But fans are stuck with these two overseeing the pages of the new 52 Superman stories – their ideas are diminishing Superman and in so doing imploding the comic book industry at a more rapid rate.  Too many missed opportunities for expanding the character and audience or riding the wave of good publicity from the film trailer.  It’s their way or the highway . . .  They love doom which is not what Superman is about at all.

It’s about time Diane Nelson showed the Co-Pubs the exit ramp.  Fans are gleefully awaiting your doom.

January 18, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Superman. 3 comments.

DC COMICS’ PRIDE AND – OH YEA—LOTS OF PREJUDICE

I am going to have to beg your indulgence for a moment.  There are certain classic stories I find endearing that have proven the test of time.  Recently I became aware of “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” on YouTube.  YES!  It is a continuing modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.  *HIGHLY RECOMMEND*

I have enjoyed many adaptations of the story over the years from the ‘nearly did every scene in the entire book’ BBC 1980 mini-series to the Hollywoodized one with Sir Laurence Olivier (1940) to the Bollywood version, Bride and Prejudice (2004) to listening to the audiobook of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies to the Utah version of 2003, and one of the very best adaptations with Colin Firth as Darcy in 1995 which led to two Bridget Jones films (2001 & 2004).  So many versions, so little time.  This proves that the retelling or adapting a classic in more modern settings is NOT PREDICTABLE or BORING!

(Here it comes . . . )

Which brings me to the new 52.  Putting Superman and Wonder Woman together as a couple is like getting anyone interested in Fitzwilliam Darcy and Caroline Bingley as a power couple.  It all smacks of class elitism.  Darcy and Miss Bingley are the nobles/gentry and the Bennets are the common folk.  Wonder Woman is a demi-goddess and Superman is an alien with god-like powers thus rendering Lois Lane, Steve Trevor, and yes, even the Batman, to mere human status.  One of the things that makes Pride and Prejudice work is not the gentry dating the gentry, but the gentry colliding with true affection for people who are not in the same social class.  There’s something to be said for the taboo of it all.  Both sets fight their fears, pride, and prejudices and THIS is what makes the story interesting.  Conflict.

Would a book where Darcy courts Miss Bingley and marries her even sell?  Would removing Lizzie from the narrative make that relationship more interesting since it would then have no barriers?  And if Lizzie were in the picture, would it make Darcy appear like a douche if he did not follow his true heart’s desire?

The conflict of the new 52 power couple is all outside the book/story.  We are told by Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Collins, and George Wickham aka Dan Didio, Jim Lee and Geoff Johns that Superman and Wonder Woman are the status quo.   The DC Comics promo department relies on hyperbole and made up top ten lists to shove this contrived stunt at fans still waiting for the real story to commence.   All this mucking of a classic story, which generations have loved for 7.5 decades, so they can have a little war in their tiny little not-so-shiny universe which no one will remember or care about.

What people will remember is that DC Entertainment has damaged their first and most-beloved superhero (that would be Superman) and his great love for humanity (Lois Lane in particular) just before the 75th anniversary of what started it all.  The triangle-for-two has been discarded for the rhomboid of bullship.  And in June, just a few months away, the Man of Steel movie will be on screens all around the globe.  At least that adaptation appears to have all the classic elements which should appeal to fans or new fans who see it.

Now some people may say that Pride and Prejudice is a girlie book or story – but I would have to argue that the book would never had gotten published in the male-dominated world of 1813 if there wasn’t a market for it.  And the longevity of the story proves that generation after generation still enjoy the classic tale.   Look how many films, parodies, books, etc. have been done since Austen’s time.

A good story read or retold over and over never gets stale or predictable.  AND if you have good writers who can actually develop characters, show inner conflict and intimate moments then it’s a win-win.  But to say having Darcy and Lizzie be together is predictable and boring, obviously shows these people don’t like the story or the characters much.   And if they are the caretakers of said story and characters – THAT’S A PROBLEM!!!

So while Darcy and Miss Bingley do their whatever in DC Comics, I’m not giving DC Entertainment my money.  Yeppers, I’m waiting for the love part – true love – THE supercouple (of all time) – triangle-for-two.  Where a powerful alien meets and loves a feisty, intelligent, fearless human woman who inspires and challenges him to be better.

Clark Kent/Lois Lane/Superman is the REAL DEAL.  Has been for 75 years and remains a classic tale.  A neverending story.

Afterthoughts:

Which brings me back to my title — Didio loves Batman.  Lee loves his Wildstorm and even created Mr. Majestic to mock the Superman character.  Hmmm, maybe I should refer to the new 52 Superman and Wonder Woman as Mr. Majestic (that collar does make him look majestic) and Zealot.  Yea, that’s pretty much who they are.  And Geoff Johns likes team books and taking characters with not-so-great-selling reputations and making them popular.   So there was probably a lot of pride (not in a good way) and tons of prejudice at that 2010 ‘writer’s retreat’ which decided the fate of Superman and the entire DC universe.  There doesn’t seem as if there was any great love in the room for the Man of Steel.

DC has decided to promote a fauxmance, their first ‘crisis’ of the new 52 and not the 75th anniversary and the forthcoming Superman movie in their new 52 stories.  That would be predictable, right?  Besides Batman needs his dozen books and the Wildstorm characters need respect and if you take the spotlight off of Superman and make him less — then characters like Vibe can have their own book, right?

January 12, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Superman. 2 comments.

New 52 Fauxmance vs Man of Steel Handhold

Hello readers,

I got asked another question on tumblr.

That one little handhold between SM/LL in the MoS trailer meant so much more than the kiss between SM/WW. Hall of Fame? Really?
 
 Anonymous

Just saw the Hall of Fame thing.  Another attempt by the DC Comics propaganda/promotion team to push this fauxmance to the bullship extreme.  The usual suspects are for it with multiple hits against anyone commenting they prefer Bats/WW or Clark and Lois.  We’ve seen the miles between the promotion and what is actually happening in the books.  This is just another example.

It’s all about hits on DC’s websites anyway — sorry, I don’t play that.  They created the fauxmance in a vacuum — they can choke on it with their dying breath.

How great is this power couple if Booster Gold comes from the future to warn his ‘past’ self about what they are doing will destroy the universe?  How can the ‘couple’ continue in a destroyed universe?  Batman has a flashlight shining up their asses — so how great can it be?  There’s no Trinity, there was barely a Justice League before the promo hit.  So perhaps when Superman and Wonder Woman come to their senses (literally, since David Graves had them under the azuras influence starting this mess) — this will help build the DC Comics Trinity and they have to save the world and the multiple universes — as well as the characters’ images.

And really?  Hall of Fame?  How lame.  It diminishes true hall of fames, but then nowadays anything and everything must be torn down in the need for change — because we all know all change is good. [sarcasm]

DC will not admit this was a very bad idea because they’ve had it in the works for 2 years from that “writer’s” retreat of October, 2010.  I’ve been beginning to wonder how many actual writers were in attendance or on the phone line for that.  Especially since the Action and Superman writers for the new 52 were handpicked by Didio.  And why would Grant Morrison mourn the marriage in July, 2011 if he was in on the ground floor of the decision making process to radically change Superman and his mythos?  Makes ya think, doesn’t it?

DC has to push the fauxmance to make Trinity War relevant.  It is their first big crisis (and Didio loves him a crisis) for the new 52 planned for probably this May.  2012 sucked for Superman in his own books and in Justice League.  Wonder Woman managed to escape damage in her own book because the bullship is not addressed in it.

I’m hoping 2013 will be a better year for the Man of Steel.  We know the movie is going to give us what fans have been craving for decades — a modernization of the character which keeps his core in tact and his love for Lois Lane displayed.

Yes, that trailer healed a lot of wounds Superman fans suffered through 2012 at the hands of the new 52, especially the abhorrent promotion of the fauxmance.  Comics promotion can say whatever they want, it is only reaching a small audience when compared to the movie going public around the world.  Superman is a global icon.  BUT, if people go to see the film and want to check out the comics (thus increasing DC Comics bottomline) — are they going to see a Superman hooked up with Wonder Woman, who is alienated and removed emotionally from the humans he has sworn to protect?  Let’s hope the administration at DC Comics are smart enough to know — that would be a disaster.

There are things to look forward to in 2013, Steve Trevor in JLA (he will have been in all the Justice League related books by then — he’s a big deal & already has a love relationship with Diana), the Trinity War fixing some of this mess, Andy Diggle taking over Action, Scott Snyder’s untitled 3rd book which “will celebrate the 75th anniversary” of the Superman mythos, and the Man of Steel movie.

Fans will probably still have to endure some more incoming, but I’m hopeful that after the first of the year, we’ll see the tide turn.  Superman will become that guy people have loved for 75 years and his love story with Lois Lane will happen once again — because they were created together for a reason — and they are destined.  It’s one of the things that makes Clark’s story unique and enduring.

Justice League orders are still falling.  It will probably never overtake Batman again.  Action Comics in November surpassed the Flash in order losses — and Flash was the worst of the original new 52 top 10.  Could getting rid of marriages or original love interests be a factor? Probably.  Superman fell out of the DC new 52 top 10 this November — mostly because of Death of the Family crossover — but the bump it did get was less than 1% of the orders from October, 2012.  Superman is experiencing his own H’El crossover with Superboy and Supergirl — and then when that’s done, will have another crossover with Superboy, Supergirl and Action (March).  So many crossovers — so little time.  So it better be a quickie if Trinity War happens in May.  I consider crossovers not the best time for character development and one thing the new 52 Superman needs is one vision and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.  Maybe when the fauxmance ends and the mandate is gone, Superman will be a character we begin to recognize — and he’s not fighting mind altering, alternate universe living, alternate reality creating beings in each and every issue!  ARGH!!!

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For more about the Man of Steel trailer, Smallville Season 11, and Superboy #15, check out G2Factor on Sunday.

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