So, every few months I sit down with a pad and paper and start sketching out my comics pull list for the upcoming quarter and that's what I'm in the process of doing right now. Like most working Americans, I just got a bit of a tax increase in my last pay and while this increase isn't killing me financially I figured I'd take it as a sign to slim down my pull list a bit more ( last quarter I dropped a whopping 15 titles ) bringing my monthly ongoing to 20 and various minis to 5.
Anyway, the big shocker this time is that (last time I wound up dropping LOSH, Superboy and Superman) I'm planning on dropping Supergirl and Action fairly soon. The first round of drops had more to do with the individual titles; LOSH hasn't really been much besides boring to me since around the time they traveled back to help Superman with that whole New Krypton thing. Superboy never had much chance I suppose, I'm not crazy for teen heroes and I just haven't been feeling Kal's (or most of the young justice line) since the reboot. Looking back I guess the Superman title never had much of a shot with me, the fist several issues were all over the place and by the time Scott got onto the book I had already remembered why I fell out of love with his x-men run all those years ago.
Action and Supergirl are a bit different though. I've really liked these books but my goal was to bring my pull list down to a certain number and so a number of books had to go and while I thought these books were good, I think all the books on my list are pretty good and... you get the idea.
Anyhow, this kinda struck me because really, I'm a huge fan of Superman and while I'm dropping the entire Superman family while keeping titles of other DC heroes that I like not as much due to things like the stories and what not in those books. It struck me that this would not be the case pre-flashpoint.
Honestly, not many of the changes related to Superman himself has really turned me off. The only things I'm not crazy about is making him younger (not just younger but more inexperienced... Hellboy has had more adventures then this incarnation of Superman) and undoing the marriage to Lois but this doesn't really take away from Superman to me. What bothers me the most is the stripping away of the major mythology surrounding Superman; Bibbo, Gangbuster, Jimmy Olson and the Newsboys, CADMUS and all that other stuff.
I get that this theoretically makes Superman “simpler” for new fans but for me it just kinda guts the concept. In a way, to me, Superman is only as good as people he inspires. The guy can do anything but he can't do everything and he can inspire others to do even more than the most powerful guy in the world. That's a huge part of the appeal to me and it's pretty much entirely lost in the post-flashpoint era.
What struck me here was a bit of Final Crisis when he was going through the multiverse to save the people he loved but failing to even be aware of Flashpoint. Yeah, Superman is a fictional character and so he only does what the creators make him do and isn't aware of anything really but keeping in mind Superman's role in FC and Grant's role in remaking Superman (and no I don't blame these shortcomings on Grant Morrison... Action has probably been my favorite of the Super titles) I can't help but to feel pre-flashpoint Superman let down all those great and quirky folks he inspired who no longer exist in recognizable form in the new DCU.
Anyway, goodbye for now superbooks... May your adventures never end.