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little kon-el

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Subj: well, I like Krypto
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 11:32:43 am EDT (Viewed 23 times)
Reply Subj: Superman 712 is why I'm dropping DC Comics after reading for 30 years
Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 09:01:02 pm EDT (Viewed 337 times)

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...Not because some stupid reboot or because suddenly Supergirl is wearing underware on the outside, but because they rejected the original story that was meant to be in this issue.

In the original issue, it was supposed to be Superman teaming up with an Arab-American Superhero, Davood Nassur from a Curt Swan/Messer-Loeb issue a while back. DC nixed the idea and instead went with this story, that, for all intents and purposes, is irrelevant to the current DC story or to the actual events in the DCU.

This is, of course, probably due to all the flack DC has been getting for having Superman renounce his citizenship in an earlier comic this year. But it is STUPID and DUMB. Out of all of the things DC has done in the past few years, this is the worst. They've nixed a story that would've shown the resiliance of Arab Americans to be American heroes in a time of crisis because they're afraid of Fox News saying something racist and arab-phobic.

I'm not an immigrant, but I am the son of Immigrants who looked to Superman as a someone who I could relate to. He came with nothing to this country to help others and I supported DC comics either consciously or subconsciously because of this clear and beautiful ideal of America as this place that supports those who worked hard and helped others.

This change has disillusioned me to DC. It shows that DC is run by people who support the notion that Arab = Terrorist by nixing this story specifically for the reason that it would show two immigrants working side-by-side to make the America a better place.

Grow a spine, you stupid, stupid cowards!

I've always liked Krypto because I like dogs in general, so I always get any of the books with Krypto in them. But as for the other stuff, DC brought this sort of negativity that you're verbalizing (and I'm sure it's shared by many others) on itself. Back in issue #900, I didn't have a major issue with the renouncing his citizenship AS IT WAS TAKEN IN THE CONTEXT of the rest of the story, but I too really didn't like it because it was too easy for the population in general to look at DC and say "what the heck?".

I was too young to see the Vietnam protests as they were happening, but I know right now the country is divided between left and right more than I've ever seen before. And by various replies on message boards, it looks like the comic population is divided as well. So DC and Marvel both should note that they need to be careful when jumping in the political scene, because in today's environment, you've got a real good chance of making roughly half of your audience mad.

And maybe that's the root of a lot of the problems in comics today -- sometimes it seems that both publishers (Marvel & DC) don't have a real good handle on what their readers like or will accept.

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