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Subj: Re: I think "yet another reboot" is the wrong way to put it
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 04:16:31 pm CDT (Viewed 124 times)
Reply Subj: I think "yet another reboot" is the wrong way to put it
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 11:02:39 pm CDT (Viewed 138 times)

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    OK, it's yet another reboot, but some things never get old . . . I hope. Since One Year Later, Superman has yet to be clearly defined continuity wise (Superboy, Legion, Smallville, etc.) and I hope this will do the job, and also be an interesting read. Who knows, if it's good enough, maybe it can be foundational towards the next film, which shouldn't be yet another reboot, just stick to the basics and throw in Mongul & Warworld. Brainic after that. ;\)

As I understand it, a "reboot" means you throw all or nearly all of the character's old continuity out the window. If you simply rearrange certain details of his "ancient history from many years ago," that's just a garden-variety "retcon."

When John Byrne's "Man of Steel" mini started coming out after "Crisis on Infinite Earths," it was a Superman reboot. Because just about every story ever published about Superman in previous issues of his various series ("Superman," "Action Comics," "Superboy," etc.) was being thrown out the window.

On the other hand, when Mark Waid's 12-part "Birthright" came out several years ago, it wasn't a reboot. It was just retconning various details of Clark Kent's childhood and his first months on the job as a costumed superhero after he started wearing the colorful Superman outfit.

But the underlying assumption was that, aside from the details of his backstory which were being rewritten on the fly, nearly all of his previous Post-COIE stories were still in continuity. For instance: He had still gotten himself killed in the stories of the early 90s, been "replaced" by four different guys with S-shields on their chests, and then finally came back from the dead. He had still married Lois Lane after a long engagement; he had still experienced the horror of seeing Lex Luthor get elected President of the United States later on; and so forth!

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!

Correct. What it is doing is redefining the stories where Clark grew up and then merge the best elements from the 71 year history, so that it flows and they don't have to do this again. At least for a while. It basically, as I understand it, goes up to a point where the first Crisis happened and then the rest that came next, remain in continuity.

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