Archive for Superman

Comic Rants: The Best Plot Twist that Never Happened

Posted in Comic Books, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

All-Star SupermanI make no exaggeration when I say that All-Star Superman is the best Superman story of all time. It’s also one of the best comic book stories in history, with everything meticulously and lovingly placed. Despite the obvious care with which it was written, though, my favorite part of the story isn’t technically there.

(Spoilers for those who haven’t read All-Star Superman below. I highly recommend reading the story first before I ruin it for you.)

One of the best fan theories in the story comes from Cole Moore Odell back in 2008, which states that Superman’s ally Leo Quintum is actually a time-displaced Lex Luthor who became a good guy after Superman’s “death” at the end of the series. And that theory works perfectly. Continue reading

The K-Metal from Krypton

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags on January 18, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

The K-Metal from KryptonIn the modern comics industry, you can’t go a single month without an issue that claims it “changes everything” and that “nothing will ever be the same.” It’s been a long time since those claims were true. Way back in 1940, though, there really was a Superman story that changed everything: “The K-Metal from Krypton.”

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The Original Death of Superman

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , on August 17, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

The death of Superman is an iconic moment in comics that brought a new level of introspection and insight to comics. It should rightfully be regarded as a true classic.

Doomsday

No, not that one. I’m talking about the original death of Superman, which was an “imaginary story” (basically DC’s version of Marvel’s “What-If” comics) that occurred in Superman #149.

Green Kryptonite

All that plotting…and the best line he could come up with is “You’re in super-trouble?”

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The Most Perfect Superhero Film Casting Jobs (so far)

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Iron Man and the AvengersSuperhero movies vary from extremely faithful adaptations to the realm of, “Why bother calling that giant cloud Galactus in the first place?” Similarly, casting our favorite superheroes has been a grab-bag of terrible choices, ideas that seemed bad originally but turned into pleasant surprises, and actors that so perfectly fit into their roles that it’s hard to imagine anybody else taking their place.

The list below deals with the latter, focusing on ten perfect casting choices in superhero movies. These are all obviously in my opinion, and they focus around actors that so thoroughly nailed their role that they wound up defining how the general public sees those characters. Those criteria do leave some great performances off the list, such as Adam West’s Batman or Heath Ledger’s Joker, since those characters have so many different interpretations that it’s hard to embrace just one.

Without further ado, here’s what I believe to be the ten best casting jobs in superhero movies so far: Continue reading

The Definitive Superman vs. Luthor Encounter

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , on January 12, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

All-Star SupermanIn my opinion, All-Star Superman is the best Superman story ever told. Not only does it capture the heart of the character, but it embraces all the crazy stuff from the Silver Age while somehow making it not suck. It’s a good example of how you can take even the silliest stuff from superhero comics and make them work by using them in a serious manner.

There are a lot of great parts in this 12-issue series, but my favorite issue doesn’t show Superman in costume at all. It’s the one that deals specifically with Clark Kent and Lex Luthor. The final exchange between the two summarizes the entire Superman/Lex Luthor relationship to me.

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Superman’s Secret Identity

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #63Clark Kent’s glasses are both the most iconic and most ridiculed superhero disguise in comic book history. The disguise has been parodied in Saturday Night Live, called out as ridiculous in The Adventures of Lois and Clark, and called “the ludicrous glasses disguise” by David Goyer, one of the writers behind Man of Steel. How far can a pair of glasses and a changed hair style really get a person?

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Superhero Makeovers: Superman

Posted in Comic Books, Rants, Superhero Makeovers with tags , , , on October 22, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

It doesn't get much more iconic than Superman flying to the rescue.A physical marvel, a mental wonder, SUPERMAN is destined to reshape the destiny of a world!

It is very unlikely that even Superman’s creators Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster expected those words from Action Comics #1 to come true. While not the first comic book hero with super powers, Superman is the character who defined what a superhero was. He had incredible powers, a flashy costume, a secret identity, and adventures that got weirder and weirder as time went on.
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