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Subj: Re: Could've been great, but was overall mediocre.
Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 12:50:11 am EDT (Viewed 149 times)
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What was wrong with Action Comics #775 and OWAW?

Action Comics#775 bothered me because it's taking a sledgehammer to a topic that would've been much, much better if Kelly had used a scalpel. I stopped taking the book seriously and actually laughed at it when I got to this page, which I have never forgotten.

I wasn't a fan of the Authority, nor the idea that killing people was fine for a super-powered hero to do, but Kelly could've approached this in a more grounded way so we see the Elite's point, but then have Superman make a precise counter-point. Instead, all it showcased was a cartoony threat in the Elite, that completely shredded their argument before it was even made. Superman's moralizing at the end has no effect, because how can you look at what they were doing and take them seriously? Despite not liking the Authority, I could at least look at their stories and go, "I don't like it, but I can understand WHY they're choosing to kill their villains". That's what I was looking for here... present me with a scenario WHERE killing would come off as the optimum choice and then show Superman countering the situation ending it without bloodshed. But Kelly didn't. It was just a blatant, in-you-face, lowest common denominator story.

Action Comics#775 is just MOS in comic book form, with a more traditional Superman at the head of it. I shake my head at the fact that *this* is considered one of the best Superman stories ever written.

As for OWAW, I dislike it for multiple reasons. But to quickly summarize, I felt that Imperiex was ultimately a non-character as the big bad guy. His look, size, dialogue and the notions of 'Probes' made him a Galactus clone, but not nearly as interesting.

Plus, when we really got to the whole plot of the story, it was nothing more than a watered down re-hash of Crisis of Infinite Earths. The panel where Prof. Hamilton is explaining why Imperiex is choosing Earth as his main focal point of attack made me face-palm. This story has NOTHING on COIE and Imperiex doesn't come close to the Anti-Monitor as a compelling character.

And as someone who loves, Loves, LOVES Superman The Movie, it had some truly terrible homages to it. I still cringe thinking about Superman standing by the Kent home and Loeb's butchering of my all-time favorite line.

I never once felt there were any actual stakes, it seemed to have shock for the sake of shock (most of the deaths), and everything that could have had promise and DID have promise (Jonathan looking like he had Alzheimer's, the full introduction of General Zod) either petered out or were outright destroyed.

Such a waste.

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