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Subj: Re: I think "yet another reboot" is the wrong way to put it
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 12:34:05 am EDT (Viewed 178 times)
Reply Subj: I think "yet another reboot" is the wrong way to put it
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 12:02:39 am EDT (Viewed 144 times)

    As far as I know, "Secret Origin" is going to be more of the same. It will, once again, give us someone's "new spin" on how Clark Kent became the Superman he is today. But I don't expect it to tell us that most of his published stories from the last 23 years or so are now being "erased from history!" That makes it a retcon instead of a reboot -- if I'm right!

That about sums it up from my understanding. With "New Earth" we do indeed have a "new" Superman. He is more powerful (close-to-but-not-quite pre-COIE levels), and due to the recent retelling of his death, and the flashback of him and Hal moving the Earth in JLA, he has always been that powerful. But unless there is a story told that directly conflicts a previous story, it's in continuity. He still revealed himself to the world by saving the space-plane... but he was in costume. He still fought Imperiex, he died fighting Doomsday... previous interactions with Brainiac have been (for the most part) left intact, but a new dimension has been added to those encounters.
At the moment I like the path they are taking at retooling Superman. As great as the Man of Steel mini-series was (a truly definitive vision for the character) it was inherently flawed right from the start... like cutting Superboy and his adventures with the Legion of Superheroes out of continuity, and Kara... as not only did we lose alot of great stories and history, her big sacrifice of battling the Anti-Monitor to save Superman never happened. I'm not sure if some of the stuff he cut out was entirely his decision, or how much editorial pressure he was under, but there were some truly charming elements removed from Superman in the post-COIE reboot.
But now that they are working alot of the more popular pre-crisis elements back into his history, they would be making a mistake by eliminating ALL of the post-crisis stuff. Most of my favorite Superman stories are post-crisis stories, and I would be annoyed if they lost their significance in the new reboot.

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