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Subj: Re: Superman 42
Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 at 03:18:45 pm EST (Viewed 138 times)
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Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 at 08:48:04 pm EST (Viewed 154 times)

    Was he correct in doing doing so? Robinson makes sure that the context of this ethical dilemma leaves the matter open for some debate. If an entire population has developed the sincere belief that the forces of natural forces and destiny is not to be subverted, and has made peace with that fate, no matter how extreme the indoctrination into it might be, what can, or should, a Superman do... the answer as presented here might not please all. But the decision to tackle such a complex theme and challenge the limits of Superman's self-discipline and self-imposed limitations is a bold and worthy gesture in its own right...

I find such ambiguity in Superman tales to unsatisfying, as he tends to be a straight-forward character. I'm not sure what he would ruminate on, as Superman will never stop saving people. What the reader deliberates on would be markedly different, but I'm uncertain if we put much thought to such situations after they have been rendered to us. That, and it has been presented in the form of Krypton stories, where Superman realizes that despite his powers and desires, Krypton is doomed, and there is nothing that can be done about it. This story treads that same ground, but without the definitive or, rather, cathartic end needed.

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