Very exciting Superman news from DC Comics this week. Firstly, next year's DC crossover seems to be a Superman one, with the tension between Earth and New Krypton finally boiling over into 'War of the Supermen'.
This war has been brewing for quite a while now, so it comes as no surprise. It does however conjure up unwelcome memories of the Wonder Woman event of a few years ago, 'Amazons Attack!' In this mini-series Wonder Woman's people, the Amazons, waged war with the United States, much in the same way as Superman's people, the Kryptonians, seem set to wage war with Earth. I do try to keep this blog as positive as I can, the last thing the internet needs is another whiny fanboy, so I'm not going to list all the reasons why I'm not a fan of 'Amazon's Attack!' I'll just say that I hope that the two events aren't too similar and that the Kryptonians' reasons for going to war aren't as ropey as the Amazons' were. If the plot currently unfolding in the Super-titles is anything to go by it should be all good.
Speaking of the current plot of the Super-titles, I realise that the decision to move Superman out of his own books has been a controversial one but I have to say I've been enjoying them. Greg Rucka's 'Action Comics' starring Nightwing and Flamebird has probably been the weakest of the lot. The story has been pretty good but I just can't bring myself to care that much about Nightwing and Flamebird. Over in the pages of 'Superman' on the other hand James Robinson has done a great job of making me give a crap about Superman's Daxamite pal, Mon-El. Also, Sterling Gates, along with artist Jamal Igle, has done some great work on 'Supergirl'. They've made it hard to believe that we're reading about the same sulky, tantrum throwing, impossibly proportioned Barbie doll of a character that occupied the title for the first thirty odd issues before they came aboard. If you're only checking out one of the Super-titles at the moment though I hope it's 'World of New Krypton'. Robinson and Rucka have done an admirable job of showing that even on a planet full of people with the same powers as him, Kal-El is still Superman. Having said all that, while the plot running through the Super-books is quite gripping it all seems to be unfolding painfully slowly. After almost a year I'm ready for Superman to get back on Earth and back to his own books. Fingers crossed that 'War of the Supermen' will be a payoff that makes it all worth while.
In other Super-news, next year DC are launching 'Superman: Earth One' and 'Batman: Earth One'. These will be a series of graphic novels set within their own continuity. We've seen it before with Marvel's Ultimate line, and indeed with DC's All-Star line, but that's not the exciting part. The exciting part is that Geoff Johns and Gary Frank will be tackling Batman and J. Michael Straczynski will be writing Superman! If 'Superman: Earth One' is anywhere near as good as Straczynski's work on Spider-Man and Thor then this will be amazing. My only gripe is that I would have liked to have seen J.M.S on 'Action Comics' or the main 'Superman' book. As for Johns and Frank on Batman? I cannot bloody wait! Check out their Alfred!
Now if only DC could think of something good to do with Aquaman.