So I am knee deep in reviews but I figured Saturday might be a better place to cover a couple of quick things that I noticed in perusing the internet and reading comics.
Even though I wrote a passionate post about how I won't be reading Futures End anymore, I can't help but run into coverage on the internet. This week's issue seemed to cover the funeral for Green Arrow including a nice eulogy by Animal Man.
I will admit I am something of a sucker for big double page splashes of heroes coming together, even if it is for a funeral. Good job by Jesus Merino for bringing the right tone and point of view here.
But one thing I couldn't help notice was that Kara wasn't there. And I haven't read anywhere that she appears in the book as someone paying respects. You would think if Supergirl was part of JLU that she would be there.
Here is the one peek at Supergirl I have seen in coverage, a flashback of the JLU evoked by Buddy's speech. But the words say how great the team was ... all the more reason to be unhappy that Supergirl wasn't there. Maybe this will be explained later.
In fact, I have a theory.
The 'masked' Superman I have seen looks suspiciously like Wildfire from the Legion. Maybe the person inside the suit is made of energy, contained inside that suit. And maybe THAT is Kara. She has that sunburst power in the New 52. Could she have turned into energy and be stuck inside the genderless suit?
Of course, the Legion Lost folks are still on Earth. Maybe he is Wildfire.
If I am right, someone needs to tell me!
The other thing that caught my eye was the preview of the Johns/Romita Jr book in the back of many books.
There was a lot to think about there. The fact that Titano is now a robot that can be shattered is one. Makes me miss the Silver Age. The fact that Clark is walking around the Planet like he is on a job interview makes me think Johns is going to get rid of Clarkcatropolis.
But there is one thing that truly grabbed me and it is this panel. And it again reminds me why I think the current folks at DC just don't get Superman.
This is the current Superman - post-Forever Evil, post the Morrison stuff, post-Doomed; this is the guy who has been around. And he has felt alone all of his life?? ALL OF IT?
Part of the foundation of Superman is that he feels like he is one of us. That he has embraced humanity. That the Kents taught him to be someone who helps. So he shouldn't feel alone from that upbringing. If we are talking about people with powers - he is in the Justice League, he is dating someone near his power level, he may (or may not) have been part of the Legion, he fought The Wraith. He shouldn't feel alone from that point of view.
And oh yeah ... HE HAS A COUSIN! Of course, the Superman/Supergirl relationship has been squashed and torn apart. But he has blood family nearby!
Why would Johns say he has felt alone all his life. I don't want a loner Superman. Or a Superman that feels alone!
At least he said his name is Clark Kent.
Lastly, Pak, Soule, and Lobdell are making the round about Doomed. Below are links to their interviews on Newsarama and Comic Vine.