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Posted July 17, 2013
I decided to pick up the ¿New 52¿ (that reboot has been active f
I decided to pick up the “New 52” (that reboot has been active for two years now, so we really ought to stop calling it that, I guess) issues of <i>Superman</i>
. This comic is set five years after the ongoing <i>Action Comics</i>
title by British comics writer Grant Morrison. In other words, while Morrison's work is set at the very beginning of “the age of heroes” - marked by the beginning of the careers of Superman and Batman – <i>Superman</i>
is set five years later during the “present day”.
I was hesitant to pick this up because I have heard a lot of bad things about the story. To say that Perez's work on this title was much criticized would be a huge understatement. I wanted to sift through that, to “separate the wheat from the chaff”, to use a biblical term, because I knew that much criticism would be due to those who generally dislike the reboot as a whole.
Well, I read it and.... I have mixed reactions to it. I think that the personal interactions, the story of Clark Kent relating to the other characters, especially Lois and Jimmy, was really neat. But I also did not like the Superman part of the tale. It seemed to be, well, not very “Superman-like”, if you will. The dark and brooding one is supposed to be Batman, not Supes. In many ways, it seemed that Clark and Supes were not the same person. Clark was much friendlier than Supes was, when usually both are really friendly.
I was kind of surprised that this was written by the famed George Perez, whose past work included the much-lauded reboot of <i>Wonder Woman</i>
and work on <i>The Teen Titans</i>
, both in the '80's. Of course, the friction that he had with some of the editors at <i>DC</i>
, as well as with Grant Morrison may have contributed to the lackluster quality of the title. Who knows.
This really wasn't bad at all. Those who make it out to be so are kind of over the top, in my opinion. But neither is it the high-quality writing that so many have come to expect from George Perez, either.
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