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Subj: Re: Earth-2 #25 - Rise of the Supermen
Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 02:31:29 pm EDT (Viewed 410 times)
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    So he would best been seen as being Icon brought into the NU in DC?

    Same powers as Kal, just has a way different approach to use of force?

No, he's not Icon. And he isn't Blue Marvel. The only thing he shares is a similar (but not identical) powerset and the fact he has black skin.
The point is Val is Superman, he isn't some Xeroxed variation like those two - he is the rightful successor to Kal-el himself. Both Icon and Blue Marvel are black characters who lived through the entirety of the 20th century's social and political events, and were exposed to the full force of the intense racism that marked those early decades. Indeed In Icon's case he arrived on earth from another world way back in 1839, when slavery was a fact of life and he had to live as one. He< is the inspiration for Blue Marvel, not Val-Zod. As with Val Icon and Blue Marvel are intellectuals, but not at all pacifists as he strives to be. He lacks their life experiences, and so they come very different backgrounds and directions.

    How would the Luthor on that earth deal with him, or darkseid?

So far as I am aware there was no Lex Luthor on Earth-2. This is a peculiarity in the lack of pre-planning for E-2 Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman as originally all three died and their respective cities razed to the ground, so no need to address their rogues gallery. James Robinson even went on record in saying there was no Joker or Luthor here as DCs policy, perhaps wisely, was to avoid duplicating the characters of Earth-1. But since Robinson left we have seen that there WAS a Joker on Earth-2, and presumably other Batman villains like the Penguin. But quite who Superman was fighting on a regular basis has yet to be revealed...

was E2 kal killed off by Val?

And he was not raised in the contex of slavery/civil rights, so how does he view himself within the confines of his race then?

And wouldn't he need his own Luthor around to make Him seen as the real superman?

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