It looks like DC is getting ready to reboot the entire DC Universe (Again), and it got us thinking to one of the previous times DC attempted to clean up the continuity mess created from years of storytelling. This week, the crew takes a look at Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow by Alan Moore, Curt Swan< George Perez, and Kurt Schaffenberger.

Imagine that, somehow, the adventures of Superman were drawing to a close, never to begin again. This is that final tale: one of the most dramatic Superman stories ever, in which the Man of Steel makes a last stand against Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and other foes, with allies including Supergirl and Krypto at his side. Written by Alan Moore, the Hugo-Award Winning author of Watchmen.

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5 Comments

  1. brainypirate
    May 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm — Reply

    Hmm, where’s Garth? Did he and Clark get into a fight? Oh, is it because Clark kissed Imra in the future?

    But why is Aquaman not there either? He’s the only one from the original JLA not there….

  2. May 24, 2011 at 9:59 am — Reply

    Man this was the last great hoorah of Curt Swan, great work in here.

  3. TaZ
    May 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm — Reply

    The thought of DC doing another reboot makes my head hurt. There’s simply no need for another reboot now.

    And I fondly remember that book, especially the ending with the famous Curt Swain “4th wall wink”.

  4. Kirby
    May 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm — Reply

    One of the truly extraordinary Superman tales of all times, fantastic writing, and art. A true swan song to the legacy as it was in ’86. While bits like the Luthiac head design are kind of odd, the good far out ways the bad. Truly heartbreaking at several points.

    In my mind either a precursor or a mirror to All-Star Superman.

  5. tidge
    May 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm — Reply

    This story is a great couple of comics for sure, and there are only two parts of the tale that rub me wrong:

    1) The actual villain. In an ironic twist of fate, the reveal foreshadows 95% of the worst “re-imagining” of comic characters in all the years since this story was first published.

    2) Silver Age Lex Luthor wouldn’t have succumbed to his final fate. That was obviously a Luthor-bot.

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