This is an idea that came to my mind recently. Could Zod/Faora BE Doomsday? Here is some proof that strengthen this theory.
In Batman/Superman: Doomsday we saw that Zod beat the monster and we know that Doomsday can somehow "infect" other beings and transform them. Something that we know will happen to Superman in Superman: Doomed.
Yes, Zod and Doomsday don't share any paneltime except from the moment he beat the monster. Also in B/S: Doomsday Zod appears to a young Kara Zor-El and the moment he fades Doomsday appears, talk about timing...
"My Name is Zod...and No matter what you do-- no matter where you send me, I promise you this: I...will always...be your Monster!"
Same with Zod.
Same with Zod
Zod seems to be attached to the monster. Although this could be metaphorical because new 52 Zod thinks that monsters make us better, It could also have a double meaning since Faora is Zod's romantic interest.
After reading some comments on another site, something has troubled by mind. DC's lack of faith in Superman. Superman has been constantly rebooted the last 20 years(Red/Blue,Superman 2000,Birthright,John's Action Comics/Secret Origin,New 52 and now Geoff Johns goes for a soft reboot AGAIN in his run on Superman although that's too early to tell). Ιn an attempt to "modernize" Superman, DC is constantly rebooting his universe and as a result Superman lacks:
Expanded Supporting Cast
And more importantly a stable reader-base. Yeah,yeah I know what are you gonna say, Superman is one of the most popular characters and "bla bla bla bla" and yet even here I can name more than a handful of users who can't even open a Superman title because of how lost and alienated they feel.DC is trying to appeal to the masses and ends up appealing to none. The characters don't evolve, there is no natural progression, no vision. Just writers and editors desperately trying to find a Superman that works but not determined enough to fight for it. They build a mythology and wreck it before it even finds a solid footing. The most recent example in my mind is Grant Morrison's Action Comics. It didn't even stick to the next writer! Lobdell, Diggle, Snyder all writing a completely different Superman, from Snyder's Pre-52ish Superman to Diggle's silent guardian to Lobdell's complete jerk. Off course all writers can't write the same but at least the characters and their universe should feel consistent if they are part of a mutual continuity. No time for the character, to build his fanbase, expand his universe and create a familiar environment around him. New 52 Supes doesn't even have a stable supporting cast and we are two years in! Let's compare some franchises shall we, the exact opposite of the Superman franchise, Batman. With twenty years of continuity on his back and still feeling fresher than ever. Yeah he had his ups and downs but that didn't stop DC from sticking to the magnificent lore, the familiar diverse cast, with a past behind it open to the reader so they can invest on it.
One thing that ease my mind is that Geoff Johns may be planning for a long run, which would at least create a stable status quo.
A perfect Stand-alone story that is one of the best examples of the potential of new52 Superman. Well a bit more “hardcore” than Morrison’s early Supes but Grek Pak’s characterization delivered in the end. Still green, this t-shirt and jeans Superman charges to fight something that not even he can beat: Mother Nature! Good characterization, strong plot, a very good appearance of Lana Lang and in the end a strong moment between the thing that gives Superman the drive to go on, human kindness.
When Grek Pak took over Action Comics I was cautious, he was writing way to many titles and I thought that his work would suffer from that. But I am glad I did pick AC up. He and Aaron Kuder have brought something on the table that was missing since Morrison’s last issue, fun! Superman stories have become too serious, that’s not a bad thing but when every Superman comic out there is like this you wish for more variety, you would expect Superman to be a little more light-hearted. For the most part Superman is a character that when you finish a story with him you should feel hopeful and happy, and this story delivered.
Ok, first I have to say this, go and pick up Adventures of Superman it is brilliant and it may be the most underrated title out there even among Superman fans. This particular issue is my favorite, it’s touching, full of emotion, it’s told by the perspective of a little girl who is a big Superman fan and gets caught up in a fight between him and Metallo. The last 3-4 pages deliver a great twist that is so emotional and strong that I couldn't stop thinking about it.
First I want to make a thing clear, I LOVE MORRISON’S RUN. I don’t know why, is it the parallels between Superman's maturity as a person and his change as a comic book hero , the jeans and T-shirts, the fun Silver age-y villains, I really don’t know, probably it’s a mix of all of them but it certainly made it one of my favorite Superman stories. Plus the gorgeous cover courtesy of Rags Morales doesn't hurt at all.
When Snyder said he will be working with Jim Lee on a Superman title, I didn’t know what to expect, Snyder is more of a mystery writer so I couldn’t imagine how his type of writing would connect with a Superman book. Anyway this issue was great! It had Superman being Superman and being damn good in it. Jim Lee delivered like he usually does, and Snyder gave a good characterization of Superman’s supporting cast especially his Lex Luthor.
This is the exact opposite of what Pak does with Action Comics. In this story narrated by Lex Luthor, Superman is doomed to fail. Its premise is simple, not even Superman can be everywhere and he will not always be there for you. The story follows two teenagers that go into trouble deliberately so Superman can save them. The ending has such impact, you can’t seem but thing Luthor’s victory in the long scheme of things is sure and Superman’s battle is a lost cause.
Hello viners, this is a series of blogs that I wanted to do for some time now and i finally had the time to. It's pretty much me giving three stories(usually) that i really like or not about a certain character(the third option might change for time to time just for variety). So for my first of these series of blogs, i thought i should start with my favorite character: Superman
This was a difficult pick because I didn’t want to put a well-known Superman story(like All Star or Birthright) neither I wanted to compromise the quality of the story i would choose. I think Secret Identity fits the criteria perfectly. In a world like ours where superman exists only in comic books a boy named Clark Kent who was picked all his life about his name gains tremendous powers like Superman's. The story follows Clark in all of his life and shows the kind of struggles and privileges this powers give. This story also features great art by Stuart Immonen.
Ahh!! Where do I start with this story. For those who haven't read anything about it let me give you a brief summarize: In a post-apocaliptic world Superman who looks like Gandalf the white in stereoids and holds a gun that looks like a ball of chain guns glued together called the "EXPUNGER" is trying to stop TWIN clones of HITLER from cloning Batman again and again. Who thought publishing this story was a good idea? Take everything that makes the 90s so infamous and voila you have Superman: at Earth's End. Worth mentioning is that this story is a SEQUEL of another horrible story called Kamandi: at Earth's End.
Most of Greg Rucka's run is underrated for me but AoS 638 is definetely a great story worth mentioning. The premise is simple can Superman and Lois have a baby, is their life too dangerous to bring a kid to this world, well Mr.Mxyzptlik has the answer. Anyone who can read this i recommend it, from the art to the story this is a very good comic that actually shows a side of Superman we haven't seen in comics enough,the father, also for anyone who has children out there i think you can relate to Superman because like any parent he worries about his kid showing another human side of the man of steel.
If you liked what you saw please tell me which character would you like to see next :-)
So three days ago I completed one year since I joined the Vine! Time flies so fast, It's been such a great year, since I joined the vine I finally have someone to share my interest in comics and I have to thank all those viners out there for their interesting topics, lists and reviews that made me fall in love with comics all over again :-).
During Morrison's Action Comics run the reader finaly learned if Superman had died in the new 52. Lois Lane remembering that day whispered to herself "Doomsday".All of the information came in an issue were the past, present and future had collided with each other. So there is a possibility superman hadn't died yet but he will.
We also know that Max Landis and Grek Pak would write a project about the death of Superman but it was cancelled. Finally Doomsday makes his first appearance in the new 52 in the pages of Superman/Wonder Woman.
Is there the possibility that Doomsday will kill Superman again?
I know that my opinion doesn't have enough weight on it that will make DC change it's ways, but I consider my right to talk about it and if the viners want they could follow me on this, that way I think DC will hear our voice.
I can stand many things, treating artists and writers like sh&t isn't one of them. As a protest I will stop buying DC comics until I see that they give their creative teams the proper respect. I will give for example the most recent case of Kevin Maguire. He said that the creative team behind JL3K might not gave DC what they wanted (dark and gritty) instead they gave them, what the team is most known for, humor and action. Still the only one off the title is him. As a result Maguire lost other high profile jobs and a paycheck.
Another example is Andy Diggle who was so excited to work on Action Comics that he called it his greatest job yet and something he didn't imagine that would happen. Even before the first issue of his run came out Diggle announced that he is off the title.
These are only two of the of writers/artists that left DC the last two years. And while other writers/artists are willing to bend over, some of them had the guts to say no to inconsistent editorial decisions and left on their own.
I know that one man's complains isn't something most of you want to see on general discussion but only as a whole we can show DC their errors...or at least that's my take on it.
Happy birthday Man Of Steel! It's been 75 years since your comic debut and for that i will try to honor your Iife and times by making a short blog of your history!
Superman was firstly introduced in Action Comics No.1.Superman's place of origin is given as a faraway planet destroyed by natural old age, from which Superman's father(nameless in this time period) sent his infant son to earth in a rocket.A motorist found the baby and hand him over to an orphanage in which Clark grew into a strong young man.Krypton and the Kents were first mentioned in the first issue of Superman's eponymous comic one year later.Also in Superman No.1 we get a brief explanation of his powers attributed in earth's lighter gravity. Superman's powers varied depending on the story and the writer.In the Fleischer cartoons Superman is depicted as "Faster than a speeding bullet,More powerful than a locomotive,Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound".His look was also in a state of flux,artist Wayne Boring would come along afterwards and be the first to depict Superman as a big, brawny Man of Steel.Superman's personality was different from the man we know.Superman was willing to threat,intimidate and even abuse his powers on the ones they deserved it.Clark was not wimpy but a dynamic reporter who started his career in Daily Star before he goes to work for the paper we all know the Daily Planet(probably the most famous fictional newspaper)! At this time Superman's main cast consisted mostly by Clark's associates and parents.Most famous of them Lois Lane! Lois was an unrivaled reporter, a romantic interest of Superman, a close friend and rival of Clark .Unaware that Superman and Clark are the same person Lois found quite weird that the two of them were never in the same room together.Superman's main cast of villains mainly consisted of thugs,wife-beaters,organised crime,the nazis during the WW2 and mad scientists, this was the time period that Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor made his debut!
DID YOU KNOW.........
Daily Planet's Editor-in-Chief wasn't Perry White but George Taylor.
That Fleischer Studio's cartoons introduced some of the most known Superman quotes like
"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"
"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to soar higher than any plane!"
"Faster than a streak of lightening! More powerful than the pounding surf! Mightier than a roaring hurricane!"
I just started this blog to tell a short bio of my comic book past and experience!
I started reading comics regularly 10 years ago(age 8) of course i started with kid stuff.Disney had most of my attention.I am a huge fan of Don Rosa and Carl Barks and i own them much for the great times they gave me with their incredible stories! Asterix and Lucky Luke are another favorite of mine.
Ongoing superhero titles aren't very successful in Greece and most of the times the company that owned the rights would drop them due to lack of sales! But one entertainment company managed the unimaginable.It managed to make not one but three successful titles (Ultimate Spiderman/Xmen/FF).Out of nowhere i was reading the adventures of mutants and Cosmic beings while enjoying the hell out of it!
The true moment i understood that i loved comics was 8 years ago when the same company published a forth title (well it was published simultaneously with the others :-P but i found it later)! It was a wierd comic bigger than the rest with a familiar character from TV on the cover.It contained articles about the characters,their mythology, past and two of the greatest stories of my childhood!
The name of the title: DC UNIVERSE
And the cover....
Superman and Batman two of my favorite characters from tv (Superman/Batman TAS ,JLU and of course the movies),got an ongoing! I was excited i loved Batman Hush and Birthright made me look at Superman more seriously.
After that the comic industry in Greece had expanded so much that we had comics come in trades,ongoings,collection etc.Now it's declining :-(
Well from here on things were actually pretty simple.I was literally buying everything that was coming out in greek.Made an ebay account to buy the rest :-P
So that's my story :-)
How did you started in comics?Leave a comment if you want or make a blogpost and link it here, it will be fun to read the stories of other people.