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Mikel Midnight

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America's Captain 

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Subj: Re: Question of the Week- Overrated comics...
Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 at 12:31:59 pm EDT (Viewed 137 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Question of the Week- Overrated comics...
Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 at 05:48:17 am EDT (Viewed 135 times)

    Superman was too powerful for the Marvel Universe, where Byrne had worked previously, but he wasn't too powerful for the DC Universe, which is where his stories took place. Byrne fixed what wasn't broken. Nor did Superman's parents need to still be alive, since Superman can travel time, which means he could have visited his parents in the past. And don't even get me started about the elimination of Clark as Superboy.

I disagree about Superman not being broken. The character had become overpowered and stodgy. Even the best writers could barely make an entertaining story about him. But I agree that his remake wasn't a success, because I think while he had a couple of good ideas he took them too far in the wrong direction, and ended up with a character which lacked the essential soul of the original.

    As for the Fantastic Four, Byrne's take on Reed Richards turned me off. He went for the stuffy, pipe-smoking college professor of the very first issues of the comic, completely ignoring the bulk of Stan and Jack's body of work, where Reed had morphed into something more along the lines of the 1950s scientific adventurer, who would have been highly athletic even without powers, a spelunker and a scuba diver, a skydiver and a rescue ranger, while still being a whiz in the laboratory.

Ah, I loved Byrne's take on Reed! Because while he had that 'absent minded professor' vibe, I totally got the impression that he was still an adventurer at heart; Byrne's "Reed Richards Rocket Club" story in WHAT IF totally communicated that (and I wish the characters had appeared on other occasions). Where I think Byrne fell flat was with Johnny Storm; what was important about Johnny was that he had matured, and left behind the brash teenager of the early issues to become a responsible young man. By returning him to basics, he made me not care about him any more, because all those years of characterisation went to waste.

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