Our recent discussion of disrespected characters in comics once again brought up one of my repeated complaints about modern comic books: It seems like nobody has any idea what to do with Superman anymore. After years of depowering, repowering, costume shifts, dark and gritty adventures, weddings, revoked weddings and armor (for some reason), the Man Of Steel has had nearly everything but the kitchen sink thrown at him story-wise. While I appreciate what some people saw in ‘Man Of Steel’, its Superman doesn’t feel like the “real” Superman to me, but instead a Superman filtered through the lens of someone who really loves Batman movies. Again, that’s perfectly fine, but modern stories have spent so much time addressing the question of whether Superman is too powerful and competent that the majority of the stories seems to be about Superman’s failures (moral, physical and otherwise) which leads us to today’s strange query from a distant planet..
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) believes that Superman as a true-blue hero who tries to do the right thing for his adopted planet is as valid as a dark avenger fighting to exorcise the spirits of his lost parents, asking: Do you agree that a traditional, heroic Superman is somehow boring?