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Subj: All Star Superman #8...brillaint insight on Superman... [SPOILERS]
Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 11:50:21 pm EST
Reply Subj: Anyone have any updates on the whereabouts of Encantadora? Thx-NT-
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 03:26:28 pm EST

All Star Superman #8 introduces two new Kryptonian astronauts who take Superman's place when he was stuck in the Bizarro World. These two astronauts are cocky and push Superman around until they realize that kryptonite poisoning has left them sick and dying. Superman puts them into the Phantom Zone in order to save them, giving them both a purpose and their gratitude.

What I loved about it was that it pointed out something that is kind of lost in the latest Superman stories: he is a scientist son and that is why he doesn't interfere with changing the world dramatically.

I thought that was a brilliant insight as to what makes Superman tick, but also what differentiates him from other Kryptonians. The Kryptonians depicted in All Star Superman were Astronauts who were very gung-ho and pretty much calling Superman a wimp because he is the son of a scientist. This tells you a lot about Kryptonian culture: they had this huge hubris and a chip on their shoulder that wasn't patient or observant of the world. It finally makes sense that Krypton wouldn't listen to a scientist...scientists are geeks compared to the gung-ho Astronauts.

Kal-el has both of these things, because he is the son of a scientist, and this becomes his defining characteristic. He doesn't barge into things. He takes his time to make sure he gets things right. He doesn't just break Kandor out...he waits patiently and tries his best to find a way to enlarge Kandor without killing inhabitants. He doesn't recreate Krypton on Earth, he shows the world through example and through his actions.

I thought this particular issue showed a facet of Superman that hasn't been shown...the patience and care of a scientist.

- l.k.

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