"...while wearing a domino mask and purple and green jumpsuit while flying on some mysteriouslly propelled levitation device."
The Supervillain Handbook: the Ultimate How-To Guide to Destruction and Mayhem, by Matt D. Wilson, 2012, pg. 2.
Well, it's not exactly a domino mask. But after all, isn't Lex exactly the kind of ass who wears Google-glasses?
Although I am (as previously mentioned) strongly disconcerted by apparent shifts in the Aquaman storyline in the "DCYou" (*sigh*), and amused by the absurdity of Commissioner Bunnyman in the Batman titles, I am surprisingly sanguine about the Latest Big New Changes to Superman, which include Lois's exposure of his secret identity and him having a mere echo of his former power levels.
First off: at least they didn't require a Sand Creature. Because I still have a headache from that bit of nonsense.
Second, the Periodic Depowering of Superman is just something I have come to expect. As I have written about before, long-running iconic superheroes tend to develop "persona-cycles": extremes along various dimension of their characters between which they oscillate. Each character becomes a big 'mixing board' and the writer is the sound engineer tweaking what version of the hero we get. Is "Superman as Kryptonian alien" turned up loud, or is "Clark Kent the farmboy" dialed up? Are Superman's power levels amped up to an earth-shoving 11 or is straining to leap over tall buildings? Long-running characters NEED these kind of options in order to stay fresh and maintain the constant illusion of change.
I have seen "Clark Kent no more" and "Superman no more" and everything in between. This latest-- 'Superman is Clark Kent...Revealed!'-- is frankly, a welcome change.
It lets us suspend our suspension of disbelief that Ace Reporter Lois Lane (or anyone else) can't figure out that Superman is Clark Kent and has do what a reporter actually would; report it.
It lets the writers off the hook about what to do with Clark Kent. Because it's been pretty clear that (except for Geoff Johns) none of them has the slightest idea what to do with him. They killed his parents off, so he has no family to talk to (including Supergirl and Krypto who keep getting sent off on a space-bus). He's got no (human) love interest and his relationship with Wonder Woman is clearly the last priority in and least interesting part of her/his life (since it seldom turns up in either of their solo titles). He's got no interest in his OWN stupid blog that Cat Grant bullied him into (if that even exists after Perry White hired him back, oh wait he fired him again). The only remotely functioning relationship he seems to have is with... Jimmy Olsen. How sad is that?
|Answer: very sad.|
It lets them off the hook a bit with Superman, too, because he's hard to write when he's super-superpowerful. As someone wise once pointed out, "Seeing Superman pushing a planet out of the way isn't impressive, it's ludicrous. Seeing Superman lift a TANK is impressive, because it's on a scale we can understand directly." And now we have a Superman whose super-effort we can feel again, because we see HIM feeling them.
Besides, "Superman starts to lose his powers but won't stop fighting crime and needs to team up with Commission Gordon in a Batman-robot suit" is the most Silver Age thing I've seen since Kryptococcus the Omni-Germ. I'm nearly willing to go along for the ride; I just wish it were a simple story, not another fake 'new status quo' that will have been superseded at least three times before "Batman vs. Superman" comes out.