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Subj: Re: Superman #37: Or is it Supertim #37? *koff*
Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 at 06:56:28 pm EST (Viewed 90 times)
Reply Subj: Superman #37: Or is it Supertim #37? *koff*
Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 at 04:12:20 pm EST (Viewed 129 times)
I've been reluctant to say anything more about the Superman books as I am aware that I started to sound like a broken record and, arguably, unduly negative about the substance. But here again lies the evidence to support my growing criticisms of Superman, and certain other DC comics, in that there is little or nothing fresh happening anymore. Nothing new being devised. No mandate being enforced by editors to make their writers aim for new ideas, new situations.
So, The Titans of Tomorrow. Geoff Johns' contribution to the Teen Titans mythos and a future reality heavily based on the life, future, and roles of best friends Kon-el and Time Drake. The entire premise was tied into those two popular characters and a particular period of Teen Titans history. And back then it worked. Right now though, here in 2017, none of those characters are remotely relevant, they are barely even fading echoes, indeed with 2011 all of their history was erased and none of this matters a bit anymore.
So what the hell is this?!
Darwyn Cookes New Frontier. Geoff Johns parallax/Green Lantern mythos. Geoff Johns' Justice League storylines. Grant Morrison's Multiversity. Joe Kelly's Manchester Black storylines.A Return to Krypton. Doomsday/The Death of Superman.... Where is the ambition? It seems certain that the trend for looking backwards for story potential is a deliberate policy, that the complete lack of anything new or daring for 'Superman' and his readers is entirely accepted and supported by the editorial regime. My question is - why? Surely the likes of Peter Thomasi, patrick Gleason, and Dan Jurgens, have more appetite, ambition, and fine story ideas than this now ceaseless monthly recycling of old existing stock characters and storylines we are experiencing here in their output. That someone thought that The Titans of Tomorrow would be a suitable and at concept to return to,
literally return to, despite it not even being compatible with the modern landscape of the DC Universe, shows off a whole new level of unambition that does no one involved with it any favours.
The Titans of Tommorrow... One may as well be speaking of Matrix-Supergirl or the Team Titans for all the interest and relevance these characters have today.
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