Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Superman #1: What Price Tomorrow?

Superman (2011) #1: What Price Tomorrow?

I'm only going to mention this once: despite being a popular way to be abstract about the costs of freedom, justice, honor, "tomorrow", I'm not fond of how the title rolls off the tongue. Moving on...

There's some kind of alien sending a signal out into space, and then an alien shows up at the Aerodrome? That's not a coincidence, although you always have to ask what they want there. Unless I'm missing some specific piece of backstory, an Astrodome is a stadium right? Or an aptly named super-planetarium. I know it's a favorite of DC stories to have things happen in stadiums, but I don't see anything immediately advantageous to aliens there.

Maybe they're setting up a bigger thing with that Alien in the Hindu Kush... or Himalayas. Somewhere in that neck of the world anyway.



D.B. Woodside
There's a lot being setting up in this comic series, including a new totally not evil! boss in a media buy-out. Seriously, the amount of time he spends calling himself a good guy makes me seriously doubt his creds. I mean, we just need D. B. Woodside to play him and we'll be golden.

Click to get the context
It almost felt like this was a direct continuation of Action Comics #1 in its reference of the bad guy Superman picked up in those first pages: Glenmorgan. But he's little more than a random reference. (In fact, he isn't even going to be the biggest baddie we'll see in the entire run of Action Comics, being only the tail-end of the before arc of Clark's origin.) As I read elsewhere though, since Superman is much stronger and experienced in this comic, his adversaries here must raise the bar as well, creating a challenge for him, consequently a more interesting story for us to watch. In terms of mystery, that was easily achieved here, we know very little about the motivations and history of any of our baddies.

But also, there's also kinda-not-really a spoiler for Action Comics as well, Lois and Clark still aren't together, but that's a tale as old as time. It's a little jarring to see it in such a modern context, Clark knocks at her door and some attractive presenter looms from the bedroom in a towel. Clark Kent is keeping distance, but you know he's pining because that's what Clark Kent does. When we talk about slow burn and will-they-won't-they? Lois Lane and Clark Kent did it first.*


You know what else Clark Kent does? Get exclusive interviews with Superman. As I mentioned in the review of Action Comics #1, I fell in love with Metropolis and The Daily Planet in Superman: The Animated Series. Once of the greatest moments of that series was when Clark Kent tells Lois Lane he's Superman and that's why he get's all the exclusives. But she doesn't believe him. To see that here, in it's own way, with Clark Kent's article overlaid on Superman's actions as the adventure is happening, was a trip of itself. And maybe this shows me off as the n00b I am, but it was my favorite part of this.

(Well, maybe tied with mopey-Clark in Lois Lane's hallway. Get your act together dude! I know you're gonna be dating the Goddess of War in 3 years, but -- get your act together! We can fix it in an alternate timeline!)

Lois Lane:
     I'm confused, Kent. See, I've lived in Metropolis most of my life and I can't figure out how some yokel from Smallville is suddenly getting every hot story in town.
Clark Kent:
     Well, Lois, the truth is, I'm actually Superman in disguise and I only pretend to be a journalist in order to hear about disasters as they happen, and then squeeze you out of the byline.
Lois Lane:
     You're a sick man, Kent.
Clark Kent:
     You asked.
To see it in all its glory, click no further.

*Not not literally, calm down.
Next time...

Superman #2: Flying Blind


Bonus bad line: is Superman a worse writer than Clark Kent???
(At least it rhymes, I suppose.)

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