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Subj: Re: Chuck Austen's run on Action
Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 10:03:31 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Chuck Austen's run on Action
Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 04:14:34 pm EST

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> The chief complaints that I've read here and in the reviews on the Superman Homepage reviews.
> -Gog as the villian. While there wasn't much of a complaint, it mainly stemmed from the fact that we were told this is the first time Superman ever dealt with him. Which flew in the face of "The Kingdom" from a few years earlier.
> -Doomsday's role. Doomsday was brought into the arc as having escaped from Darksied's clutches and was slowly but surely making his way to Metropolis.

How are thse complaints?

> -A new villian called the Repo Man, which made no sense when he first appeared. Had a lousy name and seemed to be filler.

Lousy name, sure. But that issue provided for one of Neil Bailey’s funniest reviews.

> -Superman making wisecracks. Some didn't mind, but others did take Austen to task for this since the character hadn't done that in a long time. Some felt that he was trying to write him as Spider-Man.

Ah, yes. The “Superman shouldn’t be funny” argument. Still doesn’t hold up for me.

> -There were those who cited inconsistancies throughout the storyline. Sales were affected and so at some point, DC apparently let Chuck go before his run was completed. J.D. Finn came in and while the first issue he/she wrote was better recieved, the second part wasn't.

But you notice, pre-sales on both issues went up. There’s really no explanation for that other than people were avoiding the book -- not because it was bad -- but because of who was writing it.

>Research amongest the fanbase revealed that there was no J.D. Finn working for DC or Marvel. And apparently, any other company. This led many to suspect it was either Austen trying to prove a point that the dislike of his run was because of him. Or that it was someone else. Some suspect it was then editor Eddie Bergenza using a pseudonym. Austen did go on record as saying those final two issues were not how he would resolve the story.

I still believe it was Austen. People seem to forget that, at the same time, he was “replaced” by “Sam Clemens” on his creator-owned title WORLDWATCH.


> I still believe it was Austen.

For what it's worth, Austen denies it:

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