Oh, great. Now I'm really not going to be able to tell the difference between Pepper Potts and Bethany Cabe.
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Hmmm, they could have made him black-transparent with little stars and stuff like that in him.
As far as I know, they did. You can sort of tell in some of the pictures, especially when it comes to the biceps and thighs.
It isn't that "Superman needs better villains." Superman has a bunch of great villains already. The problem is that Superman needs better writers who can utilize these villains properly and make a case for these villains as a legitimate threat to Superman and the people of Metropolis.
Besides them, who do we have? Toyman? Metallo? Mr. Mxyzptlk?
For all three of these villains, all you need to do is watch "Superman: The Animated Series" to see legitimately good and compelling interpretations of these characters. The doll-faced version of Toyman, in particular, is genuinely creepy and disturbing.
Also, Metallo is voiced by Malcolm McDowell. How is that not thoroughly awesome?
One of the biggest problems with the New 52's relaunched Superman book is that for some reason, the writers of the book haven't been able to use any of the Superman's classic villains (as far as I know, Lex Luthor hasn't even shown up in that particular book). Perhaps because Grant Morrison's Action Comics takes place when Superman was in his relatively formative years, they at DC who make such decisions might have wanted to save all those characters for that book and left the writers of the Superman title to craft "new" and "cool" villains, which, if you think about it, is a huge challenge in general.
Most writers of superhero comics these days, be they DC or Marvel, haven't been very successful at all at creating new villains and having them stick around and stand among the ranks of already-established villains. Besides Scott Snyder's Court of Owls idea (which itself is still too new for us to know how prominent these villains will remain in the future), how many new Batman villains have remained prominent enough to be used after their introductory storylines? Hush is probably the only one I can remember. Who else would you include? Orca? I think not.
Even the writers at Marvel haven't really been entirely successful at introducing new villains into their universe. Matt Fraction tried but seemed to be ultimately unsuccessful at establishing The Serpent as a big, game-changing villain for both Asgard and the Marvel Universe at large. Other than that, I can't really think of any other new villains that were introduced in the past decade or so, though the heroes over at Marvel have arguably been too busy fighting each other over the past few years for that to really matter anyway.
BOTTOM LINE: Since this reboot is more-or-less a pretty fresh start for Superman, get better writers who can properly reintroduce the villains that Superman already has and utilize them in a compelling fashion. Better use of villains makes for better conflict, which makes for better stories, which makes for a better Superman.
I can't say I like the whole super-techy costume that forms when he taps the S-shield on his chest or what have you. I think there's some merit in it just being a simple costume. I'm mostly fine with the design (I think it could use more yellow, especially in the belt, and I don't know why the S-shield on the cape is black instead of yellow), but the concept and logic behind it seems a bit overcomplicated.
That said, I'm actually excited for when Lobdell and Rocafort take over. I like Rocafort's art quite a bit. Hopefully, Lobdell doesn't make it too weird or change too many things; I stopped reading most of his other stuff because it got too complicated too fast (like the stuff with "The Culling" and N.O.W.H.E.R.E.), and I really not a fan of Tim Drake never having been a Robin and going straight to the "Red Robin" status.
@TheBuck: Nah, man, this is just the tale of the X-Men before the X-Men before the X-Men.
Also, is that Magneto with the weight belt and the slick-diamond haircut? Sheesh, that's a bad look.
However, "Nazi Hunter" Magneto is just screaming to be made into an action figure. Get on it, Hasbro!
It's a bit of a long shot, but I would like to see it be another take on the original X-Factor and have it just be Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast and Angel on a team doing whatever it is the X-Men do nowadays. Besides arguing. Between Schism and AvX, there's just way too many silly arguments in that corner of the 'Verse. Just have it be an old-school superhero adventure that also focuses on the specific characters and their interactions with one another.
Knowing the way things go, though, it probably won't be that. And it'll probably have Wolverine in it.
So you're telling me that this storyline is about Tony Stark dealing with the aftermath of getting drunk and choosing to stop being Iron Man?
And you're telling me that James Rhodes has some awesome prototype Stark Resilient LifeVest or something or other?
Personally, my money's on Mrs. Arbogast being the new Iron Man. Clearly, that's the only logical outcome.
I think it's cool. Some of the elements of the costume (larger spider on chest that extends down the front of the torso, some of the gloved fingers being blue, etc.) make it seem like a slightly busy amalgamation of the classic Spider-Man costume and the Ben Reilly variant, and that's pretty neat.
The looseness of Captain America's headsock makes his costume just look kinda silly, and that makes me feel bad.