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Old September 2 2011, 11:13 PM   #117
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Re: DC's New 52: Reviews and Discussion (Spoilers welcolme and likely)

All I'm saying is that roughing a man up for operating a business which violates labor laws goes a bit beyond immature: it's a direct action against society. Sure, the hyperreality of the genre, Morrison's characteristically expressionistic writing, all that. But that's what it is, a criminal act designed to terrorize people into behaving the way Superman prefers.

Now, I don't want to come off as if I'm against Superman, Class Warrior. I actually think it's a good idea, and, right now, perhaps a necessary idea. My problem with it is that it doesn't have much legs on it. Because the outcomes are either Superman changes the world, which is an outcome that cannot be abided in a shared universe that is editorially required to maintain some basic connection to the real world, or the world defeats Superman.

It reminds me of that one comic where Superman was helping the little kid whose family were migrant workers, and the Guardians of the Universe threatened to end him if he agitated for a living wage or decent working conditions. And in this argument, I'm the little blue archcapitalist git.

ETA: Oh, and to be honest, I'm not sure the confession is completely unusable, that is unusable for any purpose, as much as I want to lay into Morrison's complete ignorance of American, or indeed common, law. The statement is incredible and could not support a warrant or a criminal investigation, but the Department of Labor has never needed a warrant to investigate suspected labor abuses. All they've gotta do is show up, and I suppose a guy getting thrown off a balcony by God would turn it into a very high-profile case.

Of course, the upshot is a few hundred illegal immigrants losing their jobs and subsequently subject to deportation, or whatever it is they give illegal immigrants (according to my sources, apparently my tax dollars; joke's on you, immigrants, I don't pay taxes!). Anyway, good work, Superman!

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