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DC Relaunch: The New Superman
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On Monday, DC Comics announced the all-new origin and costume for The Man of Steel. Get ready folks, because we’re in store for an angry comments section. Why? Just wait and see.

Action Comics #1 (cover shown below) will be written by my favorite writer Grant Morrison with art duties from Rags Morales, artist of the amazingly popular Identity Crisis. And in the hands of anyone else, I’d be worried, but I suspect plenty of you will still be worried, if not furious.

So, let’s get to it.

Action Comics #1

Yep, that’s his costume before he changes into the ultra-armored version that we’ve seen prior.

In Morrison’s Action Comics, we’ll see the above costume on a Superman who has just arrived in Metropolis. A Superman who is not-so-Super. He’s able to leap tall buildings, but has not yet perfected his flight ability. He’s still an alien from Krypton, and his home planet has still been destroyed, but his adopted parents, Ma and Pa Kent, are dead. He’s inexperienced and brooding, and stuck in a city that doesn’t trust their first superhero. He’s all alone and more Kal-El than Clark Kent.

The Action story takes place in Superman’s early days, while George Perez and Jesus Merino‘s Superman takes place in the present time in DC Comics continuity. But don’t relax just yet, there are changes here, too. To all the ‘shippers out there, Clark Kent is single and has never been married while Lois Lane is not. Lois is dating a different fellow Daily Planet employee and is in a different position than intrepid girl reporter.

This all sounds very much like Smallville or the rumored plot elements of 2012’s Man of Steel. If it is, the books should be far more accessible to new readers from other mediums, but let’s be honest with each other. Superman was the first superhero. His look and origin are iconic. But recently, in comics and film, nothing has seemed to stick with any sort of wide audience. So, I understand why they’re making these changes, but it certainly hurts to see the Last Son of Krypton to be turned into this far from iconic shadow of his former self.

Again, I’d worry if I wasn’t such a Morrison fan and didn’t know about his undying love for superheroes and The Man of Tomorrow, and I’m not even that big of a Superman fan.

But what do you think, commenters? Excited? Do you want to set fire to the streets of the fictional Metropolis?

Remember folks, don’t shoot the messenger.

[Source: DC]

12 Comments »

  1. As much as I love Supes-
    I can’t help but see ANY of this as a feeble attempt to save face after DC Comics’ losing all the rights to the Kryptonian/Smallville Superman origin to the family of the Schuster/Siegels (ALL INVOLVED are being little bitches about the WHOLE thing- Creator Family- stop dicking everyone around, and DC- just fucking pay them some royalties and KEEP SUPERMAN the SAME GODDAMN SUPERMAN HE WAS.) It’s THE FANS who are suffering now. Assholes

    Comment by Titans Tower — July 18, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

  2. If this were really like Smallville, they’d wait to put him in the costume somewhere around issue #200.

    Comment by mardod — July 18, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

  3. If this were really like Smallville, the first 14 issues would be nothing but Superman staring in to the middle distance with the lyrics from a James Blunt song across the page.

    Comment by Brenda Kirk — July 18, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  4. short sleeves….that’s the way to go. the suit stays functional and Kent stays cool.

    Comment by Mark Alan — July 18, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

  5. either those are kryptonian jeans or some bullet proof wranglers

    Comment by Johnny Ray — July 19, 2011 @ 2:54 am

  6. “Don’t shoot the messnger.”

    When even the news outlets feel the need to apologize, you know the idea is terrible.

    Comment by Agrilz — July 19, 2011 @ 8:27 am

  7. Looks like my hubby’s shoes!

    Comment by Roberta — July 19, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

  8. I guess I can quit dreaming that they were going to replace Clack Kent with Shaquille O’Neal. Maybe when they reluanch Steel?

    Comment by Henchman21 — July 19, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

  9. DC Comics relaunch, yet one more reason Marvel Comics is soooo much better.

    Comment by Deadpool08 — July 19, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

  10. Even in Rags’ hands I’m worried. Has DC been drug tested recently? None of this impresses me.

    Comment by Eric Fisher — July 21, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

  11. I’m looking forward to this new but familiar Superman. I totally agree with the changes (more outsider themes, no red trunks, no marriage to Lois, AWESOME!) and am sure the comics will rock! Can’t wait! :)

    Comment by davidgrantlloyd — August 30, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

  12. God, this relaunch is totally lame. DC is completely gone down the toilet with this. Guess now is not the time to re-enter comic collecting.

    Comment by Christopher Williams — August 31, 2011 @ 6:01 am

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