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Superman by Paul Cornell
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Aug 10, 2012

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bookshelves: comics, graphic-novels, random-grabs-from-library, read-in-2012
Read from August 10 to 27, 2012

After reading some of the other reviews of this, I've come to the conclusion that not very many people actually like Superman. Even though he is also probably considered the most iconic and recognizable superhero out there. You'd think he'd get some love just for that alone, right? Ehhhh. Not so much.

After much soul-searching (approximately 5 minutes), I think I've come to a deeper understanding as to why so many people love to slam the Blue Boy Scout. According to every self-help guru out there, it's our childhood that shapes our subconscious reaction to things as adults.
Personally, I subscribe to this kind of thinking so that I don't have to take any responsibility for my decisions. I find it's much easier to blame my parents.
*takes a deep cleansing breath*
Ahhhhh. Feels good!

Where was I?
Oh yes, it's our parents' fault that we hate Superman.
And here's why...

He's That Kid.
You know, the one your parents were always yammering on about.
As in:
Why can't you be more like That Kid? He/She is a straight A student, the star of the (insert random sport here) team, plays the piano for the church on Sunday morning, and still finds time to tutor blind orphans! I'll bet That Kid doesn't embarrass their family at dinner parties!

Yeah, we all hated That Kid. And if they would have just had the decency to get busted smoking weed with the preacher's daughter, it would have made everyone's life a whole lot easier. Unfortunately, That Kid really was nice, and kind, and generous, and blah, blah, blah...

That explains why so many of us (secretly) cheered when Doomsday originally pushed Superman's face in the dirt.
*cackling with glee*
How you like them apples, Clark?!

And it also explains why everyone usually prefaces even their 5 star reviews of his comics with something along the lines of,
While I normally find Superman boring...

With all of this rattling around in my head, I decided to up my rating of Superman: Reign of Doomsday. Partially because I felt guilty about wanting to see a joint hanging from young Clark's lips, and partially because this was a decent story. Well, the parts that I understood, anyway. I also realized that I was probably missing some pretty pertinent back-story, and I couldn't really blame anyone other than myself for that.
Although, it could be my parents' fault....
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message 1: by Sesana (new)

Sesana Bingo. Clark is so damned decent all the time that it ruins all our fun.

Anne I love him for it, and yet....

message 3: by Sesana (new)

Sesana And yet the flawed characters who struggle are more interesting reads. He makes for a great supporting character, though!

message 4: by Anne (last edited Aug 31, 2012 05:19AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Anne Yes!
I do love him when they do little mini-series books on him, though. He comes across better than he does in the regular comics. Although, maybe they are doing a better job with him in the New 52. Still waiting to read vol. 1 of that one!

message 5: by Sesana (new)

Sesana I'll be watching for your review! I haven't decided yet if I want to read it.

message 6: by Logan (new) - added it

Logan I don't know why they hate superman so much! superman is awesome and definitely one of my favourite super heroes

Anne He's one of my favorites now, too. Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Power Couple solidified my love of Superman!

message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

I hate that kid too.

Anne We all hated that kid, Kat.

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