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Posted by Braxxis7

When are both Babs and G-man going to do an unscripted together?
Posted by RedK

thought this issue was, really awesome, especially the ending

Edited by BringBackPowerPack

A story about Superman walkin.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Theodore

bleh hated the issue.

Posted by doordoor123
@Braxxis7 said:
" When are both Babs and G-man going to do an unscripted together? "
PS. i loved this issue. I thought it was fun.
Posted by Silver2467

Sounds interesting. Honestly, I can see SuperMan doing that. He's the everyman. He fights universal threats and gets cats down from trees. That's just how he is. No problem is too small or too big for him. He's not like BatMan who tends to mainly only go after mafia heads, for example. He can do a lot of differently things to benefit people. I haven't read it yet, but it looks interesting to me. 

Posted by Green Lantern 2814.5

I loved this issue. The only reason someone may not like this issue is due to the scale of the problems that Superman is now facing, but thats the point of the story arc. The writers wanted to show that Superman realized he had become just a man flying above people, not really seeing personal problems as important enough for him to handle. this story line shows that he has not forgotten about the people he swore to protect and brings him to a more personal level with people. Can't wait to read the next issue.

Posted by dondasch

No interest, honestly.  Im more interested (concerned) with where he is taking Wonder Woman.

Posted by goldenkey
@Braxxis7: really?  R U serious?  They do it ALL the time.
Posted by Braxxis7
@goldenkey:
not lately
Posted by Bobby X

I'm a huge Superman fan and I liked the issue. I thought it was fun and a nice throwback type of issue. Very relatable as it deals with all these recession and "average Joe" type issues in modern America.This "relatability" is obviously exactly what JMS is going for and the main purpose of this arc. 
But how long can JMS possibly keep this up? I don't think I it will be interesting to see more than a couple more issues of these types of stories... 
 
I do have the same nitpicky problems with it that you do, Babs, as well.  
-The little boy with the drug dealers thing was really strange to me too. Why would Supes tell the little boy to give the dealers a message for him? Wouldn't Superman want that little boy to stay as far away and have as little contact as possible with drug dealers? 
-Superman just got back to Lois...and now, without even talking to her about it, is leaving to WALK across the country? See you in a year, Lois...sorry but I need even more time away from you apparently. I like Lois to be a big part of my Superman comics so this doesn't sit that well with me. 
Posted by Comiclove5

Seems like a good issue.
Edited by NightFang

Nice issue but I thought it could have been better.

Posted by ramenshamen

@Braxxis7 said:

"When are both Babs and G-man going to do an unscripted together? "


 

agree
Posted by bllybtsn

I really didn't like this issue. Parts of the dialogue were shady, the part with the little boy that Babs mentioned, and Supes taking a political stance, even going so far to say that it is regrettable that Fidel Castro is alive, all these things just really threw me off and ruined what could have been a really good issue.

Posted by sora_thekey

The plot really doesn't make me want to read this more, but i might still give the book a try... might

Posted by BrianDusel

I can see your point, Babs.  A story of just Superman walking around is about as interesting as hearing what GW Bush is up to these days. 
Posted by NexusOfLight

This was a great issue. I loved it. It shows the human side of the man of steel. The very fact that he had something to say about everything that was going on shows that even though he is this great super hero that everyone looks up to, he still has an ear to the ground. He knows about current events. He knows about American history, world history, it shows how cultured he is. Far too often I hear people talking about how unrelatable Superman is because he's always flying high above their heads, he's always fighting impossible threats, etc. I'm really glad this issue was put out, because it directly addresses those claims, and proves them false. Superman isn't some god among men, he's simply a super man. I'm so glad the man was addressed. I'm very interested in seeing how this plays out. I personally thought the issue finished up well in itself. Felt like a good one-shot, but seeing as how this is going to start a new story arc, I think it'll be interesting to see what's going to happen. 
 
Gotta say this has been my favorite single comic book issue to come out this month.

Posted by MisterMollusk

Didn't Hal Jordan do this walk across America to find himself thing once upon a time? I remember that not going so well.

Posted by Rick475069

This issue was one of the better ones. I really enjoyed it.

Edited by waruikumo

FOREST. Forest Gump. 
 
Jesus I was waiting for superman to start reciting shrimp dishes, and strap on Nike's. 
 
PS Superman has these abstract moments of "truth".  I didn't know during the Search for Bruce through time he sat in on some of Socrates' classes. 

Posted by danhimself

absolutely LOVED this issue...it was my pick of the week...there were so many great moments in this issue that just made it great

Edited by They Killed Cap!

loved it...the drug dealer kinda reminds me of batman and how he would work...
Posted by HaloKing343

This room echoes a lot
Posted by Lustwish

will be reading it tonight, ill keep ya posted lol.

Posted by THALASTDRAGON

i just picked up 700 on sunday for $1 at a small comic show, i havnt read it yet tho. but i guess im kinda interested in seein what jms does wit supes for this story. if i like 700, i might pick this one up too.
Posted by GraphicCasualFreak

OK, this is not a review of the issue, and I know what they were trying to do here.  But I really didn't like the issue.  It reminds me of the 1970s Superman.  Or for you youngings the Superman we got in the various animated series. 

Posted by CombatCraigFM

I REALLY liked this issue but I really don't think I can take this for an entire year...

Posted by The Sadhu

Sounds interesting,,, I have to wait another week before I can get the issue!
Posted by Mumbles

after watching  9+ hours of walking in those the lame lord of the rings movies, I can probably make it though 12 issues or so of superman walking.

Edited by Mbecks14

i live south of phillie!!! so thats why i liked this issue alot!

Posted by G'bandit

Geez let the dude have a walk in peace damn! 
 
He have saved your asses 24 hour since 1938 let him have a freaking walk! :P

Posted by Mainline

It's a nice change of pace in that JMS seems to try and extract more emotion and sentiment out of one potential suicide than the whole of the War did for the god forsaken death of hundreds of thousands of Kryptonians, the last Kryptonian city/planet/living culture, etc.  Essentially, where all of the New Krypton saga ran horribly hollow and trite, here at least they're trying to put some heart in there even if the execution is pretty temperamental and subjective (I could see myself enjoying this dialog one morning but finding it atrocious on another one... it's not universal praise level). 
 
I'm hoping it's not just high concept and the execution for genuine story- even if it's a character arc and not just plot / action- is there. 
 
The big worry I have is that Superman is far too grounded in the first issue.  Not that I mind that trait in Superman at all, but it seems contradictory to what JMS was trying to say in 700.  The theme there was that Superman had become distant and disconnect and needed to be "nourished" (thus Pa's tale of fallow soil) and that people needed to come into focus (contrasted against the blur of super sonic flight or Flash-level travel).  The point is that the deficiency was in Superman... but 701 fails to read that way at all
 
Instead, it is Superman who is curt with the media as we get a little meta-condemnation of media vultures.  It's Superman who preaches against drug crime.  It's Superman who stand- er... floats in abject patience and sincerity to stop a jumper contrasted against, presumably "bad" cops who would've just taken her down by force and talked at- instead of listened to, as Supes chides- her.  And it's Superman who, more or less, claims he's a solid hero and wonders why all of us out there are not! 
 
So he goes from 700, where his whole return is upset by one crazy woman, doubting himself and scrambling to Barry, Bruce, and his Pa Kent memories for an answer... to a quasi-Jesus/Buddha-like parable spouting, miracle doing, supremely assured, confident, and secure in his walking mission messiah in just one issue without much explanation.  It doesn't leave a lot of room for Supes to learn, grow, or change... just preach some more and impart himself onto us rather than stick with the theme presented by 700 preview where we nurture and inform him
 
It's waaaay too early to call it, of course, but I'm just concerned this is evidence of high concept w/o grounded execution....

Posted by Faze23
@Mainline said:
" It's a nice change of pace in that JMS seems to try and extract more emotion and sentiment out of one potential suicide than the whole of the War did for the god forsaken death of hundreds of thousands of Kryptonians, the last Kryptonian city/planet/living culture, etc.  Essentially, where all of the New Krypton saga ran horribly hollow and trite, here at least they're trying to put some heart in there even if the execution is pretty temperamental and subjective (I could see myself enjoying this dialog one morning but finding it atrocious on another one... it's not universal praise level). 
 
I'm hoping it's not just high concept and the execution for genuine story- even if it's a character arc and not just plot / action- is there. 
 
The big worry I have is that Superman is far too grounded in the first issue.  Not that I mind that trait in Superman at all, but it seems contradictory to what JMS was trying to say in 700.  The theme there was that Superman had become distant and disconnect and needed to be "nourished" (thus Pa's tale of fallow soil) and that people needed to come into focus (contrasted against the blur of super sonic flight or Flash-level travel).  The point is that the deficiency was in Superman... but 701 fails to read that way at all
 
Instead, it is Superman who is curt with the media as we get a little meta-condemnation of media vultures.  It's Superman who preaches against drug crime.  It's Superman who stand- er... floats in abject patience and sincerity to stop a jumper contrasted against, presumably "bad" cops who would've just taken her down by force and talked at- instead of listened to, as Supes chides- her.  And it's Superman who, more or less, claims he's a solid hero and wonders why all of us out there are not! 
 
So he goes from 700, where his whole return is upset by one crazy woman, doubting himself and scrambling to Barry, Bruce, and his Pa Kent memories for an answer... to a quasi-Jesus/Buddha-like parable spouting, miracle doing, supremely assured, confident, and secure in his walking mission messiah in just one issue without much explanation.  It doesn't leave a lot of room for Supes to learn, grow, or change... just preach some more and impart himself onto us rather than stick with the theme presented by 700 preview where we nurture and inform him.  It's waaaay too early to call it, of course, but I'm just concerned this is evidence of high concept w/o grounded execution.... "
I completely agree. I enjoyed this issue but I liked the end of 700 a lot better.
Posted by longbowhunter

I thought this was a great issue. Maybe because I'm not a dyed in the wool Supes fan, but I really liked it alot. As far as the scene with the little kid. What was Superman supposed to do, take him away from his home? I live in a bad neighborhood with alot of drugs, and kids are always outside without adult supervision at night. That doesnt make it okay to scoop 'em up.

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Posted by carnivalofsins00

I started reading Superman on War of the Superman and then got #700 and this one. I thought it was really good, i agree with you though Babs, i dont know how much of a story it could be from just walking state to state.

Posted by Xion

i loved this issue! It was so different seeing Superman doing the small simple things compared to saving the world! I will be looking towards the series so much

Posted by jakob187

What was the kid doing in the drug dealing neighborhood?  HE HAD KIDS TO FEED! 
 
  

   
As for the issue, I enjoyed it.  I had my issues, but I like someone trying to take a more grounded approach to Superman.  So long as Lex Luthor doesn't sneak off with Lois Lane and impregnate her with some kind of Orange-Lantern-Blood-Babies, I'm cool.
Posted by the_nightwalker

wow, this issue SUCKED. so preachy and cliched. not a single character in this issue resonated as an actual human, it was all platforms so supes could have an exposition piece. what a bunch of garbage.
and in the end where he tells the other guy why doesn't be a hero like him? Because we die when bullets hit us you pretentious pric.
 

Posted by cbishop

If anyone can write a human interest story, it's JMS, but the very idea of Superman just walking from place to place sounds to me like the years of Wonder Woman in the white jumpsuit - boring.  Especially right after War of the Supermen.  If one old lady made him feel like he wasn't doing enough, after battling another world on Earth's behalf, someone needs to get that old crone back to the nursing home, because it's time for her meds.  He's Superman, not Walkman. 
 
I thought that War of the Supermen might be the beginning of DC finally getting Supes some interesting villains, but apparently that was only for 100 minutes.  Great.

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Posted by Big

Kinda' like Forrest Gump, deciding he just wanted to run. Walk Superman, Walk!  
 
Oh, and did somebody just punch a hole in that wall behind her? Why do they keep hosting these reviews in basements and "hole-in-the-walls" I thought they were "movin' on up."
Posted by Derfla.Y.Levolcmp

Superman 701 is one of the worst comics ever written.  If Superman really acted like that he'd be regarded as one of the greatest douches on the planet instead of a hero.  Most supervillains are more sympathetic.

Posted by Silkcuts
@Mumbles said:
" after watching  9+ hours of walking in those the lame lord of the rings movies, I can probably make it though 12 issues or so of superman walking. "
Best answer ever
Edited by Lombaszko

I've never read Superman before #700 so I thought this was a good jumping off point.  The "Grounded" story line is interesting, I like seeing Superman use his powers to help everyday people.  Some of the philosophy talk was a little dull but I heard Babs talk about Superman in the Unscripted review of The Return of Bruce Wayne.  There, she said he is an intelligent character and writers often don't show that.  Maybe Straczynski is using this issue to show Superman's intelligence?   
  

  I thought that was interesting but I don't think Superman will be doing that in every issue.    
If you look at the preview for next month, it sounds like the action will start to pick up, which is good because having Superman clean up pantries and fix engines every issue will get old quick.
Posted by Korialstrasz

You can't make the story about guy walking the street, but this is not usual guy, this is Superman! One of the most powerful beings in the universe, and he is just walking. This is good move, this is interesting and there will be a great final. I will read whole story.

Posted by mightiness

Sounds boring.

Posted by The Lobster

I was never a big Superman fan.

Posted by Farley Deering

Fair review, I thought it was bit poor and when you put it next to something like Johns run or All Star Superman its even poorer.  Liked the art and layouts but away too many cliches and character beats that just weren't right - how Superman spoke to the kid at the drug den was out of place for Superman and then the way he spoke about secret identies with diner was odd - as I thought everyone assumed Superman was Superman and had no secret identity.
As I'm a Superman fan and liked JMS written eventually on Spider-Man I'll be sticking with it for a wee while and cross my fingers it gets better...to be contined!

Posted by zabdi

I though it was good, at least interesting. I didn't like how he told a little kid to go and threaten some pissed off drug dealers for him.

Posted by Dane

I don't usually read Superman that much, but I think this is a really awesome way of looking at him. I liked it and I'll continue reading it.

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