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Subj: Re: Superman 42
Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 01:40:24 pm EST (Viewed 105 times)
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For what is a fill-in to plug the gap until the new regime takes over the character this concluding chapter of Superman's mission to save another world delivered to us a surprisingly intelligent, moral-driven, story that put forth no great sweeping judgements on what, to our view, is an extreme point-of-view with a world's population choosing to believe its fate is pre-determined and therefore not to be avoided... while contrasting, and accomodating, the opposing views of Superman and the one, radical, inhabitant who shares his view that fate is not to be embraced, but challenged.
It has been a dissapointingly lacklustre return to DC for James Robinson thus far, and for its opening chapter this Superman adventure didn't raise the bar much beyond what Robinson's other work has set of late, yet with a convincingly rendered alien world and culture as its backdrop what unfolds here is essentially a story about where it is that an authority figure such as Superman, with all of his power to bend and ignore others wishes and deny such fatalistic outlooks as seen here, will actually choose to not exercise that great power. Both physically and philosophically.

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...

This issue seemed to be in the mold of a classic dr Who story, as in both Kal and the Time Lord have the power and means to avert what would seem to be unnecessary destruction their own minds, and yet, do either of them really know what is the right and proper thing to do in this situation?
Just becaise one has the power and means to do what seems right to them does not always mean that they should do it!

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