Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
If the shoe fits: "a crankly old man standing just on the edge of a crowd gathered for a concert and stamping his feet yelling at the crowd to stop having fun, that they don't know what fun is."
A big part of what Superman should be about is that he is ahead of us physically and morally. That he sees things as true, as a matter of FACT that we see as opinion and cannot grasp as true. That is why "there is a right and a wrong in the universe, and that value judgement is not difficult to make" is the Kryptonian Way. To us, mercy, kindness, compassion, giving, are all choices and can be questioned. To us, greed is understandable. Superman does not grasp this. It's why he doesn't understand humanity and it's cruelties oftentimes. He doesn't think or perceive the world the way we do. He literally sees things that we cannot even imagine. But Superman believes in people, he believes in the kindness of others. He sees proof of humanity's better side in those he loves, in Lois' quest for the truth, in Batman's battle for justice. Even in Lex he can see the good, because he loves Lex too. Superman can inspire people, but he is often just as inspired by people as they are by him. And his vision of community, of taking care of one another, and of transcendence through altruistic pursuits is the biggest message of the character and is essential. When given a chance to write his own epitaph, he wrote "Do good to others and every man can be a superman". That is his philosophy and the message of Superman. And while we can't do everything he does, we can follow his lead. We can care, we can devote ourselves to other with the understanding that what is good for others is good for ourselves, and that all of our fates are intertwined. Humanity can't fly to the sun but it can do great acts of kindness...or horrible crimes of war. It is up to us.
Over and over, the crow cries uncover the cornfield.
Yeah I agree with that. Thinking of Superman as a mythological figure (I'm not one of those people who thinks of superheroes as modern myths, but I think Superman in particular very much is a fabled representation of America at its finest), there's almost a spiritual dimension to the character. He's basically man evolved not just through technology but morally and spiritually.
So is H'el basically an Eradicator/Superboy Prime ripoff?
He was supposed to be Bizzaro but the editors felt he was too different.
I don't know; he's like a weird mix of Bizzaro and Zod.
I think what I have loved about the DC Superman books right now is the ambition. I feel like they are trying to push the concept of Superman beyond just making him American identifiable. That is Superman, but not just Superman. High Concept Sci Fi starring the Man of Tomorrow. So much different than Clark Kent "is who he is, Superman is what he can do..." It's been done to death that theme these last 25 years.
I haven't read the Superboy Supergirl chapters of He'l on Earth. Just the Superman stuff so I am still on board. I feel like like family wide crossovers dilute the punch of a story. How powerful could the story H'el on Earth been if it had just been a Superman three issue arc guest starring Supergirl and Superboy?
And conceptually, they're both Kryptonian/Sayan just like the hero, but with a powerlevel noted as very unusual among their kind (Broly being the Legendary Super Sayan, while H'El.....has powers no Kryptonian ever manifested before).
I always considered Doomsday to be somewhat similar to the final form of Buu. A beast unable to even speak, but who just won't die, no matter what you throw at it.
"I'm going to paraphrase Nietzsche, when you judge a work, the work judges you."
To me, Superman is different because of that spiritual aspect to the mythos and character. So seeing this interview where Lobdell states his view on the character, it made me realize that his take isn't for me. If I was to read outsider angst I can read just about everything Marvel puts out. It just seemed to me like Lobdell just wasn't going to focus on the elements of Superman that make him unique among other superheroes and the elements that I particularly enjoy. So his H'el story just isn't doing it for me.