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Old September 2 2011, 11:45 PM   #121
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Smoking pot is not revolutionary, Dennis.
You figured that out? I know people who investigated it for quite a while before coming to that conclusion.

Of course, besides "smoking pot" a lot of those kids poured into the streets determined to shut down cities to stop a war and wound up arrested en masse. A few of them were shot dead for protesting that war. And some of them bombed buildings. They were all naive, and some were just playing at being revolutionaries, some did or went on to do good as a result of their determination to make the world fairer - and some did evil things themselves.
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Old September 2 2011, 11:51 PM   #122
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... it is an act that demonstrates a more calculated revolutionary attitude than, say, punching a cop in the face at a demonstration
And there's not a thing intrinsically immoral or lacking in morality about revolutionary action if you believe the institutions of society are evil or inherently obstructive to the good. You often find that kind of reasoning among young people.

BTW, nothing I said was meant to suggest that I "hung out" with anyone doing anything. "I grew up as part of a cohort many of whom decided" was meant as an alternative way of saying "grew up in a generation" used just to avoid an overly-familiar construction, and I can see that it's misleading and obtruse. I think I'll edit that.
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Old September 2 2011, 11:53 PM   #123
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Yeah, but how many of those bombardiers stopped because they both 1)were successfully changing the world and 2)had superpowers which rendered them invincible to most forms of neutralization?

Edit: my bad. "Cohort" conjures up a subunit of a legion to me, and thus people you associate with, but of course there's the sociological meaning. However, I got to sneak in a sweet namedrop.
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Old September 2 2011, 11:57 PM   #124
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But that does lead me back to what I was saying, that the world has to defeat Superman, at least to the extent that Superman must reconcile himself to the world always sort of sucking. Which is sort of sad. Say, is Grant Morrison writing about himself again?

That said, maybe it really would be sadder if Superman, of all people, never tried at all.

Okay, you're talking me into it a bit.
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Old September 3 2011, 12:00 AM   #125
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Yeah, but how many of those bombardiers stopped because they both 1)were successfully changing the world and 2)had superpowers which rendered them invincible to most forms of neutralization?

It doesn't matter that much, because that's only half of my point.

The other half being: Clark is a good human being by nature - or more accurately, by definition of the character.

No matter how powerful he becomes, he will never become corrupt or knowingly do evil. He's fundamentally different from you and me and those anti-war kids and the cops and everybody else.

I'm sorry - that is implausible, and as far as I'm concerned isn't made one bit more plausible by the long-time, oft-repeated insistence that because he was "raised with good values by good parents" he therefore has been a model citizen ever since he completed his toilet training early.

If you accept that goodness as part of the implausible definition of an impossible character, nothing in what Clark's doing in this story challenges or makes unlikely his evolution into a responsible Superman. Without it, no version of the character works believably except mayber Liefield's original version of Supreme.

As I said, given the course he's on now there's no trick at all to inventing events that will bring about the character epiphanies needed to make him Superman. I'm real interested to see how Morrison's going to do it, though. That's what telling a story is.

What happens to Clark when one of his "direct actions" turns out to be just flat out wrong and hurts an innocent person?
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Old September 3 2011, 12:08 AM   #126
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I love that Superman is just taking ACTION against this corrupt bastard, and no hand wringing or moralizing over whether to do it. I imagine Superman will mellow out a bit as we move closer to "present day" but still, it's great to see a Superman with actual personality.
Agreed. I can't say I'm totally on board with what I've seen so far, but I think they have the right basic idea.

Actually I think a good middle ground would simply be the George Reeves Superman. On the surface he was the noble, upstanding role model of course, but when it actually came to knocking the bad guys around, you could definitely see a bit of an edge and moral crusader vibe to him.

It helps that he only really went up against bank robbers and other real world criminals.
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Old September 3 2011, 12:10 AM   #127
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Yeah, but how many of those bombardiers stopped because they both 1)were successfully changing the world and 2)had superpowers which rendered them invincible to most forms of neutralization?

It doesn't matter that much, because that's only half of my point.

The other half being: Clark is a good human being by nature - or more accurately, by definition of the character.

No matter how powerful he becomes, he will never become corrupt or knowingly do evil. He's fundamentally different from you and me and those anti-war kids and the cops and everybody else.

I'm sorry - that is implausible, and as far as I'm concerned isn't made one bit more plausible by the long-time, oft-repeated insistence that because he was "raised with good values by good parents" he therefore has been a model citizen ever since he completed his toilet training early.

If you accept that goodness as part of the implausible definition of an impossible character, nothing in what Clark's doing in this story challenges or makes unlikely his evolution into a responsible Superman. Without it, no version of the character works believably except mayber Liefield's original version of Supreme.

As I said, given the course he's on now there's no trick at all to inventing events that will bring about the character epiphanies needed to make him Superman. I'm real interested to see how Morrison's going to do it, though. That's what telling a story is.

What happens to Clark when one of his "direct actions" turns out to be just flat out wrong and hurts an innocent person?
All right. You've mostly convinced me. Someone was right on the Internet; you don't see that every day.

Ha, Supreme. I sorta liked that series. It's really a concept that hasn't been much explored, as compared to the Superman-becomes-a-dictator that got halfway done to death between Miracleman, Squadron Supreme, the Authority, and Red Son. "What if Superman had no code against killing or loyalty to any system, but he also had no social agenda, no particular affection for anyone or everyone, and were simply an ass?"

I especially liked the bit where he made a terrorist guy's head explode, and the other bit where he reduced the Doomsday/Mongul hybrid character (Khrome--I feel like I'm outing myself) to a walking collection of fleshless organs inside a nuclear reactor, then blew said organs apart. It might be because I read it when I was about eleven.
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Old September 3 2011, 12:14 AM   #128
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For those still wondering about Barry and Iris...

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/09/...ther-marriage/
Riffing on the Cunnigham interview itself: yes, yes, there's no "indictment of marriage." It's just that none of us currently working in the industry really like chicks all that much if they're not busty and falling out of their costumes.
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Old September 3 2011, 12:14 AM   #129
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"What if Superman had no code against killing or loyalty to any system, but he also had no social agenda, no particular affection for anyone or everyone, and were simply an ass?"
Unfortunately, that question has a real short and simple answer:

We're all screwed.

The fact that Liefield couldn't see how curtailed the story potential was there is just more evidence of his genius.

I see that in one of his panels for Hawk & Dove he once again does his high-angle shot of a guy "walking an invisible balance beam" for no reason at all. Has he ever actually watched human beings?

BTW, let's ponder for a moment the fact that we all know that real soon now Clark will acquire the ability to fly at super speeds and to change the course of rivers and hurricanes with his bare hands - but he doesn't know that. In fact he can't have any reason to suspect it, because no matter how fast he can run right now, no matter how many guys he can fight off, even though bullets can't hurt him, how can he imagine that he's going to grow up to be God?
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Old September 3 2011, 12:23 AM   #130
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For those still wondering about Barry and Iris...

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/09/...ther-marriage/
Riffing on the Cunnigham interview itself: yes, yes, there's no "indictment of marriage." It's just that none of us currently working in the industry really like chicks all that much if they're not busty and falling out of their costumes.
If that upsets you, sorry about that. But I make no apologies for opening up a traditional storytelling avenue with our hero’s romantic life, something that’s been shut closed for a very long time now. This is no indictment of marriage. I’m a married man and wouldn’t trade it for anything. But in the realm of fiction, I feel strongly that this change to Barry opens up fresh, new creative directions and exciting new storylines.
You know, I was going to say that I feel bad for these guys' wives, but I'm reading it all wrong. What they're saying is that happiness is uninteresting to an outside observer, and the converse, that unhappiness is more interesting, and finally that marriage is identical to happiness.

So, really, now I'm just jealous. What a smug bastard!

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Unfortunately, that question has a real short and simple answer:

We're all screwed.

End of story. The fact that Liefield couldn't see how curtailed the story potential was there is just more evidence of his "genius."
I dunno. I thought Eric Stephenson handled it pretty entertainingly up until it got derailed by the Extreme Sacrifice crossover.

Plus, Brian Murray was probably the best artist in Liefeld's studio.

And, no, I don't mean that as a backhanded compliment. I liked Fraga and Mychaels too, although I really do wonder what happened to Murray, whom I recall as being actually kind of great.

I see that in one of his panels for Hawk & Dove he once again does his high-angle shot of a guy "walking an invisible balance beam" for no reason at all. Has he ever actually watched human beings?
He just has an idiosyncratic style!

No, although I can point to a period in his career where he had an idiosyncratic style. Before that, and after that, he just sucked. It was a really short window, basically between the start of the second Youngblood series and whenever he gave up on it. Actually, I guess that makes it a long window, although I think I'll run with "short" because releasing five or so issues in two years isn't something you call attention to when defending a guy.
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Old September 3 2011, 12:35 AM   #131
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I'm sure someone (possibly even myself) has brought up in the other relaunch thread but I thought I would suggest that people google up "Project Superman 2000" the pitch from Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, Mark Millar, and Tom Peyer regarding their attempt to reboot the character for clues as to how this particular incarnation of the character and his supporting cast will be handled. It is a very interesting read.
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Old September 3 2011, 12:56 AM   #132
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^ Yeah it is interesting to see other sites takes though. Rich from Bleeding Cool seems to have come up with the same theory as Temporal Flux did:

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/09/...strange-woman/
And suddenly Superman has become a way more interesting character.

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I love that Superman is just taking ACTION against this corrupt bastard, and no hand wringing or moralizing over whether to do it. I imagine Superman will mellow out a bit as we move closer to "present day" but still, it's great to see a Superman with actual personality.
Yeah this is a big improvement over the usual "all moral god character who is boring".
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Old September 3 2011, 03:52 AM   #133
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I enjoyed Green Lantern interrogating Batman about his powers. "Are you freaking kidding me?"

Also "I figured it works by concentration. You...weren't concentrating."
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Old September 3 2011, 03:59 PM   #134
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I thought Justice League #1 was a lot of fun. Flashpoint #5 was the disappointment.
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This preview is pretty neat. Superman originally started in an era when there were not a lot of ways to protect the common man from the whim of the rich and from big business. Seeing as how many in the US (and Canadian) Government wish to return to this era, it seems like a great moment for Superman to return to his original form.

Also, the original Superman never had Ma and Pa Kent to teach him right from wrong. He was raised in an orphanage. Any word on how this versions adopted parents will fit into the picture?
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