The Superman titles are coming together for a new DOOMSDAY-centric crossover, but Action Comics writer Greg Pak says it’s not just Death of Superman all over again.
Grant Morrison explains the changes in Superman over the decades and the need to go back to his roots. Basically why the new 52 Superman could and would never just be a naive boy-scout and as a piece of pop culture and modern myth needed to reflect the times we currently live in.
The Man of Steel started out as a “socialist crusader in 1938, he was a depression-era hero who was created by kind of marginalized young men, and he went on to become, in the 40s, during the war years, a patriot, and then in the post-war years he was suddenly a suburban dad trying to make sense of his weird extended family and his role in the world in the same way that a lot of men in the war must have felt, those exact feelings. In the 60s, he became a sort of cosmic seeker. In the 70s, you know, he kind of extended that slightly into a sea of frozen gestures. In the 80s, he became a yuppie. In the 90s, he died! And the entire mechanism of Superman was then examined in a weird kind of post-modern way through the comics.”
“Batman and Superman,” Morrison says, “tell us what’s going on in the culture at each stage of their development.” Discussing the poster for this summer’s Man of Steel film, which features the Last Son of Krypton in restraints and in the custody of peace officers, he says that that image alone “has to tell us everything about where we are right now in the Military Industrial Complex, in a world that runs on industrialized war, and the way the media presents that. Superman is there all along. So again, for me, it was trying to encompass the entirety of that character, the character who” embodies all of humanity’s collective hopes and dreams. “Superman stands for our individuality.”
For Morrison, part of what inspired him to return to the character of Superman for the first leg of Action Comics’ journey in The New 52 was the ways in which he could rework the character. The series’ first arc posits Superman, once again, as the world’s first superhero. “All he has is the cape”, Morrison notes, discussing the reboot’s early “Bruce Springsteen Superman” look of blue jeans and a t-shirt. “You see the beginnings of what the superhero may become…didn’t we all once run around with our capes, and our little jeans and our blue t-shirt?…It’s always been part of the appeal of Superman. Underneath all of our everyday shocks lies this blazing ‘S’, and we should basically learn from this character that we’ve created who kind of reminds us of that. It’s kind of our responsibility…to save the day.”
@gregpak #Action #26 is a riot, clever twist on a classic #Superman vs Monster. Love #WonderWoman shout out.
Ghost Solider is a solid idea, pardon the pun, and poses a realistic threat to Superman’s power set.
Lana is great.
And as every kid knows monsters are really adorable.
In these images from ACTION ANNUAL, Zod’s right-hand woman enters the DC New 52 universe.
From Action Comics 23.2 Zod
Anyone intending to pick up the Superman/Wonder Woman series might be interested in taking this up because General Zod is a teased villain for that first arc.
Q:Hey there fellow WW/SM shippers, I need a little help. I was tight on money when the nu52 started up and lost track with the SM/WW titles. Would you guys happen to know what issues/volumes I need to pick up to get ready for their upcoming double title?
Hey! Sure. We’ll try.
The JL series is now available in collected trades. There are 3 volumes so far, Origin, The Villains Journey, and Throne of Atlantis. They collect #1 to #17. We recommend all three volumes. Then we have some important sm/ww moments that ties into a bigger event The Trinity War which has our couple front and center. This event starts with Justice League #19, #20, #21, #22 and you will need to also pick up Justice League of America #6, Justice League Dark #22, Justice League of America #7, Justice League Dark #23 and Justice League #23.
Now as to their separate titles, it’s a little bit more tricky to tell you which comics to get. You can buy trades for Action Comics and Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is a very decompressed story but there are 3 trades: Blood, Guts and Iron if you want to read WW new origins etc. With Action Comics there are 3 volumes: Superman and the Men of Steel, Bulletproof, and At The End of Days. It is the new 52 Superman’s origin so we recommend it too. But bear in mind the Wonder Woman title has no Superman and Action Comics barely has her.
The Superman title was not all that good in our opinion when the new 52 started until issue #13 came out with the creative team of Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort. We’d recommend you pick up from #13 to current numbering but if you only want the sm/ww issues : Superman #15, Superman #16, Superman # 17, Superman #19 and Superman #20. Also Superboy #17.
There is also a nice sm/ww story in Young Romance #1 if you inclined to get that anthology.
Now buying all this could be quite expensive. If it is too much just stick to the JL volumes and hopefully when Superman/Wonder Woman #1 comes out in October you can just jump on board and we’ll always be happy to fill you in or answer questions re back issues or events.
"I think that Nova Herculis may have played a role in turning Superman from a time travel story into an astronomical one,” Brad Ricca,