The DC Relaunch is almost upon us, and will no doubt be THE talk at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend.  Besides the renumbering of all the series, Superman is getting a makeover that not everyone is keen on.  Not only is the marriage between Clark Kent and Lois Lane over, but Lois already has a new boyfriend…

According to the New York Daily News, Lois is going to be hooking up with Jonathan Carroll – a brand new character to the DC Universe.

“Superman is of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, but he can’t have it all,” says Jim Lee, copublisher of DC Comics. “Many of us know what it’s like to be the odd man out and we think readers will have a soft spot for Clark when they see his reaction to Lois’ new boyfriend.”

Reactions?  Oh, I think there will be plenty of reactions…

via New York Daily News

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  1. litanyofthieves
    July 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm — Reply

    Are we supposed to not be able to embiggen the images? They are too tiny to read….

    • July 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm — Reply

      That’s the only image I was able to find… no one seems to have the larger image. I expect that will change once DC starts their Superman panel this weekend.

  2. July 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    I think the whole not being married thing is the first news that I have actively disliked coming out of the Relaunch. Most of it has been basically a wait and see thing for the most part, this is the first change that actually just bothers me.

  3. Michael
    July 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    Since it will be “they’ve never BEEN married” I see it as just another thing about the whole rewhatever (be it Superman-centric or DCNuU-wide) I dislike. It’ll last a year until they have THE NEXT CRISIS (yes, again!) that will reshape the entire DCU (yes, again!).

  4. Scott
    July 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    Quick, someone get Superboy Prime to punch reality again.

    • Rob M
      July 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm — Reply

      After reading those preview pages..I want to punch reality

  5. July 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm — Reply


    I pine for the day a writer will allow a married couple to STAY MARRIED. How is it that William Powell and Myrna Loy were able to be an engaging married couple in film after film and still keep it interesting? How is it that the Dibnys were perfectly interesting…you know…in the 60 years until we found out Sue was raped…and then she was killed and burned…and then Ralph was killed…


    Lois’s comment there seems a little…um…odd. “Maybe you ought to find someone to celebrate with, as well!” Given how she’s obviously…celebrating…it makes the comment seem a bit…uh…yeah.

    • darklighter
      July 22, 2011 at 10:36 am — Reply

      yeah and what’s a black…book? Did he mean his Blackberry? (all sarcasm aside if this is supposed to be moderized little blackbooks are a little dated)

      • Michael
        July 22, 2011 at 11:29 am — Reply

        It’s usually referred to as a “little black book”. Might be a little dated for the younger crowd, but I think more people that not would know that that’s a reference to someone’s address book that’s dedicated to dating prospects.

  6. July 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm — Reply

    This is feeling more and more like New Coke.

  7. Casaloki
    July 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    Hmm, Brand new day for Superman? Don’t like it.

  8. July 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm — Reply

    Wow, I was going to comment about disliking everything about this when I saw krypt0nian’s comment and I can’t improve on that statment. New Coke. That sums up this mess perfectly.

  9. Casaloki
    July 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm — Reply

    What was so bad on a character and relationship development after decades of running around solo and playing hide an seek? Why tearing this wonderful realtionship apart? Was mad about Brand new day, but this is even worth. New coke, yeah, thats the real statement.

  10. tidge
    July 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm — Reply

    I’m calling it: Jonathan Caroll is John Constantine.

  11. July 22, 2011 at 3:56 am — Reply

    It doesn’t bother me! (cries like a little school girl)

  12. chillidawg72
    July 22, 2011 at 8:57 am — Reply

    Stephen had said that this was a Relaunch not a Reboot. I took that to mean that the continuity would be intact. How is this not a Reboot. And since we’re on “R” words, why don’t we just call it a Ridiculous Retarded Retcon?

    • July 22, 2011 at 9:06 am — Reply

      It wasn’t me that said it, it was DC. I’m just telling what I’ve been told…

      • Michael
        July 22, 2011 at 11:52 am — Reply

        In fairness, DC’s been really slippery about this.

        They’re insisting on calling this thing a “relaunch”. Some characters are supposed to pretty much keep on keepin’ on with some minor tweaks here and there to their current goings on (Batman & Green Lantern) while some are being restarted anew (Superman & Teen Titans). And there’s even more minor (?) things like characters on promo materials vanishing later from those same materials (Not Donna Troy), or things like minor costume changes (Wonder Woman’s single character piece having the pants but in The 52 that same piece has Wonder Woman back in the shorts (which doesn’t look good with the blue boots IMHO) while still having the pants in the JLA thing).

    • July 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm — Reply

      And since we’re on “R” words, why don’t we just call it a Ridiculous Retarded Retcon?

      Because many people find the use of retarded as a pejorative offensive.

      • Michael
        July 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm — Reply

        I propose “Ridiculously Reasoned Retcon” or “Ridculously Redudant Retcon” (Or ReWhatever for those still buying that this ain’t a retcon).

        We had the “DC Implosion” in the late 70s. Now we’ll have “DC’s 3 Rs”!

        • July 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm — Reply

          We had the “DC Implosion” in the late 70s. Now we’ll have “DC’s 3 Rs”!

          I’m still reserving my opinion until I actually have the content in hand. I remember a lot of people talking about how horribly they sold out casting Heath Ledger as the Joker and how that meant the entire film was doomed.

          • Michael
            July 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm — Reply

            I don’t remember any furor over Ledger as The Joker, though I *AM* horribly sheltered. I do remember the furor over casting Michael Keaton as Batman (which I didn’t share, FWIW).

            • July 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm — Reply

              I don’t remember any furor over Ledger as The Joker, though I *AM* horribly sheltered. I do remember the furor over casting Michael Keaton as Batman (which I didn’t share, FWIW).

              Even in those pre-internet days, Michael Keaton was controversial, wasn’t he? Comics Scene’s letters page was on FIRE after that announcement…

          • July 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm — Reply

            Well, to be fair, there was very little in Keaton’s history to show he could pull off Batman. I had seen Clean and Sober, so I thought he might be capable, but a lot of people hadn’t. You look it up on Box Office Mojo, and it only made a little more than $8M. Even converting for inflation, that’s not a lot of people.

  13. Michael
    July 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm — Reply

    Matthew Peterson said:

    I’m testing the “

    so please forgive me if this comes out looking bad.

    I saw it in the Comic Buyer’s Guide. IIRC, while he’d done one or two serious films, he was much more widely known for comedy, so it WAS a bit of a controversial choice. But he did deliver.

  14. Blue
    July 25, 2011 at 3:55 am — Reply

    Over the years there’ve been many copycat superman stories that somehow seemed BETTER and more interesting than the then current DC superman storylines; squadro supreme,invincible among many. MANY many… the latest being irredeemable by Boom Studios.

    Perhaps this is DC’s way to open up new takes INHOUSE on the superman mythos.

    Both Marvel and DC have done this over and over, somehow never finding a flavor that sticks and ALWAYS coming back to default level. Heroes and heroines die, get seriously hurt, come back from retirement or a different universe but somehow they’re always there to continue in the same capacity.

    I LOVE the new direction of superman as it opens many doors never walked thru and this time it’s got the REAL superman in the spotlight. I’m hoping for stories tackling a not-so all-american super-powered alien coming to grips with everyone elevating him to godhood then realizing he IS a god compared to everyone. What would superman do? Please answer this, DC?

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