Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Scott Lobdell On Superman ?
Over on Bleeding Cool, it has been reported that Scott Lobdell will be taking over the Superman title in September. It is a brief post, but here is the link:
I really don't know what to think here. I don't know if Lobdell is the right writer for Superman ... and remember I am liking his Superboy. I am not a hater. But still ...
But more than the announcement specifically of Lobdell, I wonder why the new Superman book (if this is true) will have three creative teams in 13 issues. It goes back to my questions when it was announced that Perez was off the book. It goes back to my questions when writers and directions where changed in the middle of opening arcs of the DCnU titles.
What is DC thinking? Who is in charge of okaying these books and creative teams and directions? And why do they seem so bad at it? And why do they seem so eager to change directions before some books can pick up momentum or word of mouth?
Did George Perez say 'I only want 6 months on Superman?' If the answer is yes, should DC have okayed him taking the helm of a major book as it was about to redefine the biggest character in the universe? If the answer was 'no', why was he pulled. If it was because the first story was clunky (which I think it was), why didn't the powers-that-be realize that before giving him the reins?
So Perez leaves and Giffen and Jurgens step in as creators. And, whew, at least the first 2 issues made me feel comfortable with them writing the book.
And now I read they are off the book. And a new writer will come on board.
The problem here is that we have yet to define who Superman is in this new universe. What his relationship with his supporting cast? Which enemies are known commodities and which need to be re-introduced? How is Superman perceived in this universe? I want to learn about this new Superman ... but with rotating people with rotating ideas and no clear vision, I simply can't. There is no foundation to build on.
So the real question is this ... why? Why is this happening to Superman? The Batman books have solid creative teams and a direction. Wonder Woman's creative team is there for the foreseeable future despite some outcry. Superman will have 3 creative teams during its first year.
Why is there such instability? Are the creators opting in for a short time? Or is DC pulling the plug on their stories early on. And if that last statement is true, why did DC okay the stories in the first place if aren't what they are looking for.
I ask DC to take the advice of Superman above as they move forward with their decision on the book, on who will guide Superman into this new incarnation. Use an extra bit of judgment when you decide who is going to write the book. Do they have a clear consistent vision? Do they know Superman and where theyt want to bring him? Do they have more than one arc planned? Check the direction and then double check it to make sure you are satisfied with the direction. And then assign the writer.
Maybe Lobdell has a three year plan. Maybe his stories will be great. Maybe DC is finally going to settle on who they want Superman to be. I hope all of the above is true, although I have my doubts on all of the above.
And Superman deserves better. The book and his fans deserve more than a revolving door of creators with different ideas and themes.