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Superman's Pal

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Ed Love

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Subj: Re: is everyone else nuts?
Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 at 12:58:40 pm CDT (Viewed 65 times)
Reply Subj: Re: is everyone else nuts?
Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 at 01:05:32 pm CDT (Viewed 144 times)

    I don't see how people can even like Giffen's "5 Years Later" Legion of Superheroes.

I like it in and of itself, it is pretty far removed from LOSH but it is a very interesting and uniquely crafted comic unlike anything else really before or since (that I've read). But was it universally liked? As soon as the next creative team came in they pretty much reverted everything back to traditional superheroing.

    I like James Robinson's The Golden-Age as an elseworlds tale, but I tend to think it's highly over-rated. There is an underlying theme of sexism and misogyny to it that I don't think was meant to be a commentary on the post-WWII time but inherent in the writing and prevents it from aging well.

I would agree with that. I'm also not the biggest fan of Kingdom Come which was around the same time. It was an enjoyable enough Elseworlds, dystopian future. But it seems like people liked it so much they wanted to nudge the actual DCU in that direction. I thought we were supposed to fear the idea of the DCU becoming this monstrosity.

On that note I feel the same way about The Dark Knight Returns. But I read that one too late, I had already read several derivative works so this didn't seem very original. Again, though, it was like wouldn't it be terrible if Gotham became this and Batman became this? I didn't want to see it inform the current day Batman comics.

Even Alan Moore says Watchmen was a one-off, he likes superheroes too much to want the mainstream books to start following its model.

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