Basically. You can't expect every Superman to be as morally irreprochable than the "real" one. It's going against the idea of parralel universes.
So, yes, this Superman, by trying to do good, has put himself in a position where he has to compromize his integrity to help other people. That's the good part about it (and the fact the book basically ends on that statement, even if said statement isn't made by Morrison, is probably not a coincidence).
I actually enjoyed this issue and was thinking the worse with it... I hope to see more of the Superman on Earth 23!
I'm more curious if Superman's willingness to be President has anything to do with growing up in an urban environment, rather than Clark who grew up rural. More interested in meeting Calvin's earth parents, learning how he managed to actually "tame" his version of Brainiac. How Nubia presumably defeated Diana in the contest to go to "man's world". The Steel Cabinet, definitely - that's one of those great etymological ideas. Multiple generations of "Steel" titled heroes, running the country.
How about Bruce's relationship with Calvin? Is it as tight as our Bruce and our Clark? Do they have more in common, both being seemingly from cities? (I'm assuming the city thing based on the shot of the rocket landing ... that background felt like Chicago or Detroit to me).
"Everything hs changed. ‘Dark’ entertainment now looks like hysterical, adolescent, ‘Zibarro’ crap." - Morrison, 2008.
And I really enjoyed Action Comics #9. Good story!
I'd like to say something about Calvin Ellis, but there have been so many insightful comments in this thread there isn't much to add.
(Oh yeah, and this is the world where Prez Rickard was President in the 70s! Awesome.)
And then there's that other Superman, who was focus-grouped into existence by a huge corporation and meant to appeal to everyone, but who became a horrific monster instead. Fascinating!
I think the thing that I liked most about this issue was just getting to learn that Morrison hates what DC has done to Superman as much as I do. This single issue put the whole series in new light for me.
"If you genuinely believe that only the death of a loved one can motivate a human being to take up a cause then get your pathetic, cynical ass out of my way so I can do my job!" ~ Daredevil
I mean the very fact that he made Superman black and the president should tell you that he is good with change just as long as you can still find the core at the end of the day which I can do with the new Superman whom I am an extremely big fan of.
for me really it seems like the Superman that everyone not happy with the reboot wants is the 1st Superman that Clark and his friends made with the thought device....ya know the one that made them cry because he was so pure and good.
But really when have we EVER had that Superman??? NEVER! You can't do a comic with him in it because he is only the template the thing to aspire to. That Superman is the one that all others hope to be, even ours, because they are real characters and they have flaws, need, and desires just like us. That thought Superman is what our Superman looks up to whether he know it or not.
He was just that a good idea. Well at least that's how I saw the issue if we are dealing with it in that context.
I'm not even sure it's about the Siegal case, considering Grant apparently spoke against Siegal's family in Supergods.
That's pretty much the vibe I got. Superdoom isn't anyone's Superman in particular, it's just the Platonic Bad Superman with a dash of Wertham's bully thrown in.
I am gonna have to say that I LOVE the current direction of Action Comics. The stories continue to get more and more interesting and while characters have changed they all have a very familiar feel to them. Can't wait to see where it goes from here. I hope for more Alternate Earth stories in the future.