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Subj: And the Superman book of the year award goes to
Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 at 11:49:50 pm EST (Viewed 125 times)

Superman #36.

It would just be a fun romp for the Swiss Family Superman, but it detours into some territory for Superman that isn't done very often. Superman fulfills an aforesaid stated prophecy that he would bring peace to Apokolips. When asked to "rule" Apokolips, he accepts, but he does so as Superman, not the foreboding figure on the issue's cover.

It's ground that has been all but forgotten, that Superman doesn't just inspire Earth, but much, much, further beyond. The example that he brings is strong enough to bring stability, to bring peace to Apokolips, even if only for a time. It's also unabashedly American in its delivery, which is something eshewed if not altogether verboten with Superman these days. . .along with his trunks.

The idea of Superman leading usually results in dystopian stories like Injustice Gods Among Us, as if it would be impossible for Superman to take charge and there still be peace, truth, and justice. The idea of Superman being the greatest force for good, not just on Earth, but wherever that force is needed, was a Bronze Age staple that may have become unwieldy for some, but it allowed for story ideas as presented in Superman #36, and what he and heroism mean to the DC Universe.

The issue didn't get much discourse that I saw, but in a world of Metal and Doomsday Clock,gems like this can be overlooked, if not totally lost. Hopefully, the new year will bring more stories of this quality.

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