20 Random Thoughts About ACTION COMICS #900
20 Random Thoughts on ACTION COMICS 900
1) It’s pretty long.
2) That’s not a knock; that’s a good thing.
3) It’s decent cash value. While DC holds the line at $2.99 on books solicited at 32 pages, this one was solicited at 96. That’s three times the size for only twice the price. Not a bad deal, really.
4) Man, Lex Luthor really is a dick, isn't he? Given the chance of granting the universe eternal happiness versus a life of perennial failure battling Superman, he chose the latter. But what do I know? I’m a Cubs fan.
5) The proliferation of Doomsdays is kind of an interesting idea. We’ve seen variations on it before, but the vibe of that conclusion struck me that each member of Team Superman was getting a particular version suited to them. (Doomsgirl? Doomsboy? Steel Doomsday? Cyborg Doomsday? Doomso the Doomsday Dog, maybe?)
6) Is pro football played on Friday night in the DC Universe? I ask because the Legion spent “Friday Night in the 21st Century” at the Kents, and they seemed to be watching football. Was it a Smallville H.S. game that they can pick up in Metropolis because Clark installed really bitchin’ cable? Was it a tape of an old Smallville game from when Clark played? Was it “Friday Night Lights”? (“Here, Legionnaires, is fine 21st Century television!”). Just wondering.
7) I really liked the “Superman through the ages” spread, though I would have also liked to have seen “Jor-El through the last ten years”. That guy’s had more looks than Lady Gaga.
8) Paul Dini’s story dealt with the consequence of action versus inaction. Hey, could that theme appear in other stories in this special?
9) A super-powered talking hippo is pretty cool, but I’m not sure that he’s cooler than Blue Lantern Ganesh-elephant Warth.
10) However, a team book starring the two of them, Krypto, and Ace the Bat-Hound might be awesome. Caleb would probably love it.
11) Maybe they could do an intercompany crossover with them and the Legion of Super-Pets meeting up with Marvel’s Pet Avengers, plus Rocket and Groot.
12) If that shows up in print in the next five years, I want a couple of bucks.
13) Richard Donner could probably put together a rather swell Superman TV series.
14) The script and storyboard approach was an interesting idea, but it made me wonder the entire time how the tale might have looked drawn by one of the other artists that worked on the issue. Like Brian Stelfreeze.
15) Say, didn’t David Goyer write a story for this one?
16) All right, no more avoiding it. I see Superman’s decision as pro-America and pro-world. By removing himself from the U.S. political sphere, he won’t inadvertently perpetrate acts of war that would lead to American deaths. By devoting himself to the planet, he has a chance to make things better for civilians around the world.
17) Besides, he’s an alien anyway. And Clark Kent is still a U.S. citizen, right? That secret identity just got a little more secure. (“What do you think of Superman’s decision, Clark?” “Well, as an American citizen . . .” “See! Clark can’t be Superman!”).
18) In terms of some of the online reaction to this story, I’ve never gotten how being in favor of world peace is a bad thing. Saying that you want world peace doesn’t automatically make you a liberal-hippie-tree-hugger-so-and-so. I want world peace. I’ve never hugged a tree.
19) Okay, so there was this one party in college where I had some awkward moments with a little willowy number. “I’m sorry, Conservation Officer; I didn’t know she was a sapling. She swore she was old-growth. She must have blossomed early.”
20) After 73 years and 900 issues of Action Comics, people will still pay attention to what Superman says and does. That, in itself, is pretty impressive. Granted, part of the uproar that’s festered here is clearly politically motivated and amplified by people that don’t actually read comics or even understand storytelling. DC should be able to take risks, stretch boundaries, and ask hard questions. Marvel should be able to do that. Comics, TV, film, and literature can do that. Fiction can do that. Superman isn’t America; he’s a symbol for a particular idea of American values. And if we as Americans question our identity and values, then it’s only fair that Superman gets to question as well. The narration used to say that Superman was about truth, justice, and the American way. I would like to think that the American way is about saving lives, ending war, promoting freedom, helping those that can’t help themselves, and doing what one can to make a better world. It doesn’t matter where he lives or what his legal status is or what he even calls himself. If Superman subscribes to those ideals and those ideals ARE the true American way, then his heart, his mind, and his loyalty, should never be called into doubt.
But I still want to know about the football.