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SDCC 2013: Superman Panel

What does the future hold for the Man of Steel? The talent behind Superman's books talk about it in San Diego Comic-Con!

It's a big year for big blue. It's Superman's 75th anniversary and DC obviously has some major plans to celebrate. But what exactly do they have in store for Kal-El? This morning in Room 6DE, Eddie Berganza, Jim Lee, Scott Lobdell, Michael Alan Nelson and Scott Snyder sat on stage to talk about what's coming up in their books surrounding the the Superman family.

  • Panels begin by showing us an amazingly detailed page from SUPERMAN UNCAHINED #3 by Jim Lee. It looks like Superman just took a massive punch and he;s getting back up, looking incredibly formidable.
  • Snyder says UNCHAINED will ramp up in a huge way.
  • Snyder says UNCHAINED #3 is about Superman getting owned.
  • Superman gets destroyed in the issue -- punched across the entire state.
  • Story dives into General Lane claiming Superman is a coward -- he lets people suffer and doesn't inflict enough positive change on the world. Wraith, on the other hand, has been the "true" Superman by reducing threats across the world on a larger level.
  • SUPERMAN / WONDER WOMAN described as "epic punching." They try to further their romance, but "it seems like the entire universe is tying to kill both of them"
  • On juggling SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS: Lobdell says it's all about momentum between the two books, providing us a bi-weekly dose of Superman.
  • Lobdell says his goal with Hector Hammond was to do a fun story -- something weird and quirky.
  • On SUPERMAN, there's "so much happening in Superman." The #25 issues will bring big change to the Superman universe. There will be something so major it'll bring Superman, Supergirl and Superboy together again.
  • Really wanted to bring back the Hive Queen, described her as cool and dangerous.
  • The SUPERMAN ANNUAL puts the spotlight on Lois Lane.
  • The Return of Krypton: been setting up since the zero issues. Ends in a staggeringly different way than the Krypton story we saw years ago.
  • "If you like Batman fighting Superman and Superman fighting Batman, this has a lot of that." Eddie on BATMAN/SUPERMAN.
  • The New 52 versions "come out swinging" when they meet their Earth 2 counter-parts.
  • Showed a few preview pages of Batman vs. Batman and Superman vs. Superman. Surprise! Jae Lee's art looked awesome.
  • SUPERGIRL #24 is about her being her own worst enemy and realizing she and others are being manipulated. She finds herself underfoot as two giants (Cyborg Superman / Brainiac) battle.
  • Implied there's a really cool reveal with Cyborg Superman -- he's not what or who we expect.
  • SUPERBOY #24 introduces a new Psycho-Pirate.
  • "Why did you cancel Superman Family Adventures and Tiny Titans?" Jim Lee says all-ages books are a big priority for them and they have a lot planned.
  • Fan asks how Superman shaves because it hasn't been addressed in The New 52. Snyder points out mirrors and heat vision.
  • Fan asks if Superboy will ever get a new costume or if he's sticking with current attire. Lobdell says he self-identifies with the costume because that's what he wore when he was introduced to the world. Says he's in no rush to change his costume.
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Edited by LordRequiem

Who's Wraith?

Posted by Smurfboy

Plenty of love for Superman fans! I loved it. :)

Posted by Trevel8182

They Should of made Superman Family Adventures a download book. Man I'm still peeved that they canceled it.

Posted by dondave

Who's Wraith?

The Government's Superman, he's seen in Superman Unchained

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I'v decided, I'm not sure I like Jim Lee's art

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Posted by EmperorJosh

@Jonny_Anonymous its definitely deteriorated since his All Star Batman and Robin days. Its still cool though

Edited by Billy Batson

I'v decided, I'm not sure I like Jim Lee's art

You've decided that you're not sure if you like his art?
BB

Posted by longbowhunter

Jim Lee is a great artist. But he isn't who I want on Superman Unchained.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

I'v decided, I'm not sure I like Jim Lee's art

You've decided that you're not sure if you like his art?
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I'v 100% decided that I may or may not possibly dislike Jim Lee's art

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Posted by drgnx
Posted by GreenArrow4924

"There will be something so major it'll bring Superman, Supergirl and Superbody together again."

Is Superbody one of Power Girl's nicknames?

Posted by longbowhunter
Posted by UltimateSMfan

"There will be something so major it'll bring Superman, Supergirl and Superbody together again."

Is Superbody one of Power Girl's nicknames?

Hahahaha ROFL!!

this was a good panel,excited for the Supers in the months to come!

Posted by ManofIron11

@lordrequiem: A super powered being that has been working for the government for 75 years. He's alot stronger than Superman too.

Posted by GreenArrow4924
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Posted by Ninjablade09

"There will be something so major it'll bring Superman, Supergirl and Superbody together again."

Is Superbody one of Power Girl's nicknames?

Haha, you just made my day.

Edited by entropy_aegis

Wraith can join the new Reverse Flash as one of the worst looking characters ever.

Implied there's a really cool reveal with Cyborg Superman -- he's not what or who we expect.

He's not Hank Henshaw,he was created by Brainiac,he's from Krypton,he doesn't remember who he is,he doesn't hate Superman,basically they'll strip him of everything that made him interesting and say "oh look it's so new and fresh".

Edited by ChillinVillain

I'v decided, I'm not sure I like Jim Lee's art

In a perfect world, I would have Esad Ribic doing Superman Unchained. If you've read Thor God of Thunder, or Ultimate Comics Ultimates 1-9, then you know why.

Edited by ptigrusmagus

I'm 99% sure I'd like Jim Lee art on any physically imposing superhero book. Like JJ Ryp does with dots, Jim does some great - just amazing pencil shading.

Edited by drgnx

@entropy_aegis:

I know .... I guess the real hank is still out there probably going to be his non-superman-costume design, like in Termanator crossover or the SCW.

Maybe this one will be a good guy!

Posted by Perfect 10

yeah to everything except for unchained.

new krypton was my favorite superman story so glad to hear they are reintroducing it. psycho pirate has always intrigued me. supergirl, just give me more

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Posted by SandMan_

Wraith is going to destroy Superman? Damn.

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Scott Lobdell is to writing what Leifeld is to Art. Jim Lee has definitely lost his touch. At least Batman/Superman sounds promising.

Posted by Reignmaker

And once again, the more interesting Superman stories aren't being told in Superman or Action Comics.

Posted by SandMan_

Wraith can join the new Reverse Flash as one of the worst looking characters ever.

Implied there's a really cool reveal with Cyborg Superman -- he's not what or who we expect.

He's not Hank Henshaw,he was created by Brainiac,he's from Krypton,he doesn't remember who he is,he doesn't hate Superman,basically they'll strip him of everything that made him interesting and say "oh look it's so new and fresh".

THE DID WHAT????

Edited by The_Vein

Wraith can join the new Reverse Flash as one of the worst looking characters ever.

Implied there's a really cool reveal with Cyborg Superman -- he's not what or who we expect.

He's not Hank Henshaw,he was created by Brainiac,he's from Krypton,he doesn't remember who he is,he doesn't hate Superman,basically they'll strip him of everything that made him interesting and say "oh look it's so new and fresh".

It must suck to be so negative about everything.

Posted by saoakden

Looking forward to the Superman stories.

Posted by lifeboy

@greenarrow4924: Dude! That was good... you should let DC know about that. Maybe they can get Ultra Humanite to say it to powergirl in a derogitory manner... Lol

Posted by Eternal19

Superman unchained is looking cool. I hope the Wraith is a good addition to the Superman rogues gallery, Unlike other new 52 Superman villians( Vyndktx and H'el).

Posted by Mbecks14

Superman Unchained was pretty good, but I think it's a story meant to be read in trade, so I'm going to have to wait for the trade. I really liked Batman/Superman. Hopefully DC can find a positive voice for Superman again and switch up some serious creative team issues to find a more enjoyable direction to take the entire franchise.

I think Superboy's kind of a lost cause at this point. Until they get a serious creative shift, one of my favorite characters is dead to me. I think the only positive to his new time-travelly, Cable-rip off origin is that there is potential for a mini reboot that can make his character likable again.

Posted by entropy_aegis

@the_vein: I've read Nelson's interview,he outright said that he only has basic knowledge about CS(even admitted to not having read Reign of the Supermen),I have every right to be pessimistic.

@sandman_: Yup it's true,the Supergirl comic strongly hinted that he may be a Brainiac creation whose past is connected to Krypton,the writer said that Hank is more tied with Kara than Superman and to make it worse this guy doesn't have any memories,meaning his entire motivation is to find out more about himself so he may well not be Hank.

Edited by blur1528

Psycho-Pirate? Heh. I still remember what happened to the last one. "No more silly faces."

Posted by SandMan_

@the_vein: I've read Nelson's interview,he outright said that he only has basic knowledge about CS(even admitted to not having read Reign of the Supermen),I have every right to be pessimistic.

@sandman_: Yup it's true,the Supergirl comic strongly hinted that he may be a Brainiac creation whose past is connected to Krypton,the writer said that Hank is more tied with Kara than Superman and to make it worse this guy doesn't have any memories,meaning his entire motivation is to find out more about himself so he may well not be Hank.

Did he say it was Hank?

Posted by bigboi100000

Scott Lobdell needs to leave this book

Posted by bigboi100000

@Jonny_Anonymous its definitely deteriorated since his All Star Batman and Robin days. Its still cool though

He's been busy sitting on his ass smoking them cigars

Posted by SanoHibiki

In SUPERMAN UNCAHINED Superman get bigger beating then in all his other comic series... From Snyder I expected something more...you know, more.

Superbody, eh? That made my day.

At the rate its all going down some decent portrayal of Supes will be only in Superman/Batman and Superman/Wonderbody.

Posted by Lvenger

I'm liking what Snyder is proposing for Wraith. As a character who prevents catastrophe on a worldwide level as a a government secret weapon, Snyder has delivered on his promise for a foe who really challenges what Superman stands for. It should be intriguing to see what Wraith's backstory and motivations are for this story

@sandman_ said:

Wraith is going to destroy Superman? Damn.

Superman does need foes who can destroy him and Snyder said in an Unchained Panel that Wraith would be stronger because he'd been on Earth for over 75 years.

Posted by TDK_1997

I just love how Scott Lobdell thinks he is doing cool,interesting and fun stories while he is doing total crap with the character.

Posted by entropy_aegis

@sandman_: Nope,read the arc to find out,LAME.

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Ummm why was lobell answering the superboy costume question? I thought he'd left that title?

Posted by superior_prime_maybe

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Sigh... i kept staring at this, trying to get the joke. -_-'

Posted by SandMan_

@entropy_aegis: Oh DC...

@lvenger said:

I'm liking what Snyder is proposing for Wraith. As a character who prevents catastrophe on a worldwide level as a a government secret weapon, Snyder has delivered on his promise for a foe who really challenges what Superman stands for. It should be intriguing to see what Wraith's backstory and motivations are for this story

@sandman_ said:

Wraith is going to destroy Superman? Damn.

Superman does need foes who can destroy him and Snyder said in an Unchained Panel that Wraith would be stronger because he'd been on Earth for over 75 years.

Next issue will be intense.

Edited by SandMan_

@entropy_aegis: Oh DC...

@lvenger said:

I'm liking what Snyder is proposing for Wraith. As a character who prevents catastrophe on a worldwide level as a a government secret weapon, Snyder has delivered on his promise for a foe who really challenges what Superman stands for. It should be intriguing to see what Wraith's backstory and motivations are for this story

@sandman_ said:

Wraith is going to destroy Superman? Damn.

Superman does need foes who can destroy him and Snyder said in an Unchained Panel that Wraith would be stronger because he'd been on Earth for over 75 years.

Next issue will be intense.

Edited by superior_prime_maybe

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Sigh... i kept staring at this, trying to get the joke. -_-'

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

So great to be a Superman Family fan right now. So intrigued by Psycho Pirate finally coming into New 52!

Posted by tensor

so loving unchained, plus this villain he is fighting i like a lot.

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