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Subj: Re: Worlds End #25 - Come The End.
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 at 02:03:46 am EDT (Viewed 1071 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Worlds End #25 - Come The End.
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 at 11:54:36 am EDT (Viewed 1082 times)

    My biggest disappointment was the sidelining of Val-Zod. I thought what Taylor did with Val-Zod, was very redemptive for what he was doing with Injustice. The arc itself, "The Kryptonian" was better than I anticipated, even the reveal of Brutaal being Bizarro.  I liked the potential of the character, moreso than the rendering of Green Lantern, who is also pretty good, as I'm just a big Superman fan overall.  I was looking forward to seeing a great team book, with Green Lantern as the most powerful member, Batman as team leader, as the cowl would allow him authority he doesn't deserve, and Val-Zod as Superboy (the vorboten word!) learning and coming into his own, and coming to terms with his pacifism and his need to be active at the same time.
    Instead I received a weekly series that abandoned much, and water downed what remained.

I will assume that it was Tom Taylor who created Val Zod, it's hard to say for sure with such an editorially driven book, and commend him on creating some very worthwhile characters for his debut on the series, but the concept of a pacisistic Superhero, while novel, is a concept which flies in th face of the prevailing culture of Superhero comics.
A super-strong Superman who is repulsed by the thought of a physical fight is a worthy idea, but it takes a sympathetic writer to explore the notion and the right series to do so in. One parallel to Val-Zod's dillema is the Kal-el we saw in Alan Davis' series The Nail, a Kryptonian powerhouse raised in an Amish community and placed in a position where he has to make a decision whether to intervene on a life & death matter involving other Super-powered beings. Being a comicbook he really had no alternative but to step in. Such is the ingrained reality of the superhero book. A Superman who won't use his power is, in the end result, quickly going to end up as nothing but a waste of space when the book is as action orientated as Earth-2 or the Justice League.
Where the idea of a truly pacifistic Superhero can work is if he is instead used as a support player, not on the front lines as Val-Zod is. If Earth-2 were a less frenetic place than it currently is Zod's inner struggles and thought processes could be studied and the characters situation made more credible to the reader, but it takes a sympathetic writer to make such a character viable and with the loss of Tom Taylor it is quite likely no other incoming scribe will have the understanding or desire to stay faithful to the original premise...