DC Retroactive: Superman – The 80’s
includes reprint of Superman #352
DC Comics (October, 2011)WRITER: Marv Wolfman ARTIST: Sergio Cariello LETTERER: Pat Brosseau COLORIST: Andrew Elder EDITOR: Ben Abernathy “DESTINY” CREATORS: Marv Wolfman & Bernie Wrightson
Tired from overwork as Superman, Clark’s attempt at sleep is interrupted by Destiny, who tries to convince the hero to work for a being called “The Dread”. To do so, Destiny shows Superman what is to come in the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths DC Universe. However, the Man of Steel refuses to sell out the human race, and still believes in his fellow heroes. This proves to be the right answer, because “Destiny” is really the Harbinger, and this is a prelude to the Crisis.
What they got right: At the risk of reading too much into this story, it sounds like Wolfman is having his say about the post-Crisis DC Universe, especially the more recent events like Amazons Attack, Blackest Night, and the whole Parallax business with Hal Jordan, and nearly calls out Identity Crisis by name. “Destiny” treats it as a time without hope and clearcut “black and white” heroes and villains. THIS is the Superman I know and love, and seeing him again makes me happy.
What they got wrong: The comic is all talk, no real crimefighting. No Superman being Superman. It’s just a lot of talking and flash forwards. I want to see Superman fighting supervillains. Also, like the 70’s Batman Retroactive, this story takes place AFTER the reprint, the first meeting of Superman and Destiny, which is a bit annoying to follow. Granted, I sort by DC comics for continuity, so this could just be me.
And now the reprint:
DC Comics (October 1980)WRITER: Marv Wolfman PENCILER: Curt Swan INKER: Frank Chiaramonte LETTERER: Shelly leferman COLORIST: Adrienne Roy EDITOR: Julius Schwartz
It seems that Superman is doing everything for everybody. That doesn’t sit well with Destiny, who forces Superman to not use his powers, showing him and the people of Metropolis that they can do some things for themselves.
I couldn’t find anything wrong with the comic, outside of the same problem I had with the new story, but I was as annoyed as Superman was up to the end. I have to give Wolfman credit for spinning this story. The only other time I’ve seen this story was an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, but while that was played for laughs (and the people in Townsville are generally morons), this was a straightforward story of why Superman shouldn’t try to solve everyone’s problems. I very much enjoyed it.
I also wish they had reprinted the back-up story, but they didn’t.
Recommendation: This is my Superman, although I didn’t get to see him fighting supervillains (in fact, only a couple of “normal” villains show up in the reprinted story). It’s still worth at least reading.
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