I have been harboring a very shameful secret for my whole life. But readers, I am lastly prepared to share it with the world. Just do not decide me too harshly, okay? Here goes.
Despite being an enormous fan of the comedian guide style—in movies and on tv—I’ve by no means truly learn any comedian books.
I do know, I do know, I should not actually name myself a fan of comedian books if I’ve by no means picked up the supply materials. That’s what you are considering, proper? Sure, Superman is my favourite fictional character of all time, and but I have never truly delved into the 80 years of historical past revealed within the pages of DC comics. I completely get how ironic that’s. And as an leisure journalist who covers all the comic book fare on television for a number of totally different retailers, I’ve all the time felt a twinge of imposter syndrome writing concerning the superheroes and villains on the small display with out having learn the books from which all of them got here.
That does not make my love for them any much less legitimate, of course—followers are available all sizes and shapes and everybody ought to give you the chance to take pleasure in what they love. But I am prepared to let go of my secret disgrace and eventually dip my toes into the comedian ebook world for actual. So when the chance got here to break down Brian Michael Bendis’ new six-issue weekly Superman occasion collection for DC, THE MAN OF STEEL, I jumped on the probability. This appeared like the right start line for my foray into comics (as a result of I’m not going to lie, the thought of choosing my very first comedian e-book ever was an awesome, intimidating, daunting process that gave me means an excessive amount of nervousness).
The first difficulty, THE MAN OF STEEL #1, is now in shops, and having pored over each single web page of it a number of occasions already, I can affirm that it is a sure-fire hit for each comedian ebook aficionados and newcomers like myself. Bendis, a high-profile comedian author coming from Marvel to put his personal spin on Superman, is doing one thing new with the long-lasting character—a powerful feat, contemplating Superman has been round for 80 years and numerous points. Bendis is kickstarting a brand new period of Superman by taking the story again, approach, method again to earlier than the time of child Kal-El, when Krypton was nonetheless alive and kicking, in addition to concurrently telling the story of a extra mature Clark Kent within the current day.
Going forwards and backwards between the previous and current all through the whole first challenge is hard (and who is aware of how lengthy that dual-storytelling gadget will final within the subsequent 5 points), however Bendis strikes a cautious stability to hold readers invested in historic historical past, whereas additionally maintaining with Clark’s surprisingly secure equilibrium at house. He’s acquired a son, Jon Kent, with Lois Lane and their household life is picture-perfect. He’s acquired Metropolis criminals afraid to increase their voices above a whisper. He even appears to have Perry White on lock on the Daily Planet. Things could not be extra underneath management for Clark Kent, who appears to have actually gotten snug together with his life in a approach that I’ve by no means seen earlier than. It’s an unimaginable search for Clark to be so at peace and never wrestling with any type of inside demons. Parenthood is admittedly working for him.
But with the debut of Rogol Zaar, a brand new villain within the distant previous who’s launched passionately defending his plan to “cleanse” all of Krypton, it is clear that Clark’s peaceable routine within the current goes to be rudely interrupted by no matter went down all these years in the past. Everyone, even followers like myself, “knows” what occurred when Krypton was destroyed…however perhaps we’re about to discover out the actual story, which we—and Clark—by no means even knew existed.
Zaar’s perspective on Kryptonians is in some methods comparable to Superman—he needs to save the weak from the robust. Rogol believes Krypton preys on weaker planets for their very own scientific achieve and will plunge the galaxy into all-out struggle in consequence. Is he proper, or is he a fanatic wanting to get revenge for one thing that occurred in his previous?
Whatever the solutions are, Rogol’s story might problem every thing that Superman believes about his individuals and his father, thereby shaking the very basis of the Last Son of Krypton. What if the actual villain of the story does not end up to be the mysterious Rogol, who’s advocating for the genocide of a whole planet, however is as an alternative Superman’s personal individuals? Now that is definitely a means for Bendis to depart his mark on Superman’s historical past—by not erasing what’s come earlier than, however as an alternative filtering it by means of a brand new, extra complicated lens.
Only one difficulty in and I am already questioning every little thing I feel I find out about Superman. I am dying to get my palms on the second difficulty and discover out what comes subsequent. Does this imply I am formally an actual comedian e-book fan?
Sydney Bucksbaum writes concerning the DC Universe for DCComics.com. Follow her on Twitter at @SydneyBucksbaum.