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Subj: Action Comics #858 [SPOILERS]
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 05:21:52 am CST
Reply Subj: Re: All Star Superman #8...brillaint insight on Superman... [SPOILERS]
Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 11:25:34 pm CST (Viewed 1 times)

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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.

It doesn't make that much sense, when you consider that Jor El wasn't believed by the SCIENCE council, which had replaced the Imperialist war council.

These Astronauts seemed to have come from some time out of Krypton's past, before space travel and colonization had become illegal.

From that perspective, their attitude makes sense, but it doesn't really shed any extra light on in the Jor-El/Science Council disagreement.

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> 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.

In part, if you believe strongly in the power of genetics.

But he's also the son of a farmer, simple and hardworking, who bends the land to his will to serve his needs, and the needs of the people he serves.

So in that sense, it is very counter to what might be the perceived nature of Superman's family that he is so...reactive.



> In part, if you believe strongly in the power of genetics.
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> But he's also the son of a farmer, simple and hardworking, who bends the land to his will to serve his needs, and the needs of the people he serves.
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> So in that sense, it is very counter to what might be the perceived nature of Superman's family that he is so...reactive.




Action Comics #858 SPOILERS

Note the particular comic I'm spoiling:

Action Comics #858 SPOILERS


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So here's my comment:

DC has reinstated a crucial component of the Silver Age mythos. Clark, as a boy, spent time and had adventures with the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century. I would argue that this had as much of an impact on his world view as anything else we could name. To paraphrase Prince: Clark has seen the future and it works! He knows for a fact that in at least one possible future, his approach of leading strictly by example bore good fruit a thousandfold.



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