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Subj: Re: Consensus on the Loeb/Kelly/Casey ERA?
Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 10:37:40 pm EDT (Viewed 118 times)
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I'm curious as to what superfans think of that era.

It may be my LEAST favorite era of Superman. I actually thought it started out decent enough and Lord knows it was time for a change. The old-guard was really churning out terrible stuff at that point. So the change of the tone/pace/teams was quite necessary.

I really dug Joe Kelly's first few issues with German Garcia that were fast-paced and self-contained stories. Fun stuff like fighting in Asgard and quirky villains like Encantadora. Unfortunately, Garcia was gone fast and never returned to comics that I know of.

But that's all that worked for me. Kelly (and Loeb and Casey) all sort of disintegrated into a cartoony, unfocused, scatter-shot. Didn't like Emperor Joker, President Lex, Y2K, Return to Krypton, Imperiex, Russian Zod, etc. Action 775 left me cold.

And Ed McGuinness' Superman is. . .distinctive. But to me, he always looked so simian; like a big blue bag of coconuts with eye-brows. I prefer Mike McKone who did Loeb's first three issues.

I recall that Schultz/Mahnke did solid, if non-memorable, work on MOS. Later era replacements like Pascal Ferry, Seagle/Scott McDaniel, Chuck Austen, and Greg Rucka didn't help matter, IMO. The books were still weak and all over the board.

The ship started to be righted (stabilized at least) with Busiek/Pachecho and Johns/Frank, but those runs didn't last too long.

So what say you guys?

I enjoyed the era from start to finish. That being said, I wasn't as critical of writers of Superman as I am now, and I haven't revisited the era in years, but I remember it fondly nonetheless. It wasn't perfect- having Superman see a shrink was awful, but I do believe the creative teams gave a damn about Superman, which is more than I can say for them now.

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