And finally, DC announces the post-Flashpoint Superman Family titles, and it’s another mixed bag. Let’s take a look and then I’ll get back to some actual reviews on this so-called review blog.
Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales
This September, New York Times bestselling writer Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) joins with sensational artist Rags Morales to bring you tales of The Man of Tomorrow unlike any you’ve ever read before in ACTION COMICS #1. This momentous first issue will set in motion the history of the DC Universe as Superman defends a world that doesn’t trust their first Super Hero.
The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis – one that he somehow is the cause of!
A startling new status that affects Lois Lane? Maybe he doesn’t like girls. Seems unlikely, but it seems very likely that the Lois and Clark marriage is gone. I never thought they should have been wed in the first place, but always enjoyed it when writers such as Kurt Busiek wrote the marriage well. Sadly, few writers seemed interested in even trying, so bring on the single reporters. I enjoyed Superman the last time Perez wrote him (oh, I miss Maxima!) but who knows what set-up he’ll have to deal with this time. And while I enjoy Merino’s work, I’m disappointed Perez is only providing breakdowns. Still, I can’t deny I’m excited to see what Superman’s new world has to offer. Unlike …
Supergirl #1 by Michael Green, Mike Johnson and Mahmud Asrar
Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behaviour of a teenager, the same powers as Superman – and none of his affection for the people of Earth. So don’t piss her off!
Again? Really? We suffered years of a brattish, angsty Supergirl before Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle made Kara a likeable young woman. Now we’re going back to the moody teenager? Supergirl is one of my favourite comic characters, but I really can’t be arsed watching her go on this journey so soon after the last time. I’ll give the first few issues a try – Green and Johnson actually wrote Kara very well in Superman/Batman – but if that blurb represents Kara’s reborn character, I’m out. I’ll miss the attractive art of Asrar, but at least I won’t have to look at that dog’s dinner of a new costume.
Superboy #1 by Scott Lobdell, RB Silva and Rob Lean
They thought he was just a failed experiment, grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon. SUPERBOY #1 will be written by Scott Lobdell with art by RB Silva and Rob Lean.
Well, that sounds like the Superboy of the Young Justice cartoons, the bad-tempered super-oaf. And it sounds like the current status quo, with sweet Conner Kent living in Smallville, surrounded by a fascinating supporting cast, is gone. Again, I’ll give it an issue or several, but I suspect this isn’t the comic for me, despite the excellent art team from the recent Jimmy Olsen series and Scott Lobdell’s decent track record in writing teen heroes (Generation X).
So there you have it – the Superman titles have me intrigued, the Family spin-offs have me nervous. I may be surprised, and after a few issues of origin material the books will revert to a status quo similar to that of late. But I somehow think they won’t, that when we’re not talking of the successful Green Lantern and Batman franchises, DC’s plans to reach out to new readers mean change for the sake of change. Feel free to convince me otherwise!