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Subj: Re: Could've been great, but was overall mediocre.
Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 12:44:43 am EDT (Viewed 124 times)
Reply Subj: Consensus on the Loeb/Kelly/Casey ERA?
Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 05:30:53 pm EDT (Viewed 22 times)
By the time they came around, I had been off-and-on for a long while, so with the new blood and new editor Eddie Bergenza, I decided to give them a chance.
At first, it was refreshing and a great change of pace. But the longer it went on, the more tears appeared at the seams and it just never gelled together.
For every bit of greatness that they did (the mystery of General Zod, Emperor Joker, the first appearance of Imperiex, Luthor for President, getting Mike Weringo to do art) it was muddled by some truly terrible stuff (most of Jeph Loeb's scripts, Brainiac 13, Action Comics#775, Our Worlds At War, the non-use of Luthor as President/resolution to his arc, the complete point-missing of Doomsday, killing General Zod, never revealing who/what Ignition/Faora really were) and just lots of mediocre scripts with characters that weren't really interesting (La Enchantadora was a major one).
The only two who I can honestly say were worth the ride was Joe Kelly's book (I'm still shocked how much I liked his Action Comics work, considering I thought his Superboy run at the same time was complete and utter dreck... and I still hold that belief) and Mark Schultz's Man of Steel run. About the only thing I hated about Schultz's run was his Superman/Darkseid one-shot which yet again misses the damn point of the New Gods and Darkseid's role with them. But I can't blame him, DC as a whole seems to not understand what Jack Kirby was going for with that series and character.
So all in all, had some gems, but it had a LOT of clunkers. It's also what turned me off of Jeph Loeb's writing for good.
And I'm still pissed about Russian Zod's death. It pisses me off even more knowing that he was supposed to be the Kal-El from "Return to Krypton", which would've been truly awful... and that he was probably killed off BECAUSE he was changed into the Russian Zod.
I swear, all the new and best Superman villains introduced get murdered or get forgotten... Condiut, Saviour, Russian Zod... *Grumble, grumble*
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