After losing all his stored solar energy during the ‘Final Night’ crossover, Superman gained electromagnetic energy powers because something something pseudo-science I don’t remember.  It wasn’t a well-received change and fans still whine about it today, but there’s something about the Electric Superman uniform that’s truly awesome, especially in the red variant.  It wasn’t until a battle with the Millenium Giants that he was restored to his normal flying brick powers and form, but some of us still remember, leading to today’s 10,000 volt query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that it would be fondly remembered today if red were the primary Superman and the electric blue version the alternate, asking: Electric Superman: 90s Nonsense or Awesome In Hindsight? 

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5 Comments

  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    In the cannon of 90’s nonsense, there are certainly worse offenders, but there’s nothing awesome about it. It didn’t make Clark any more human or relatable, and it didn’t make Superman more super — rather, it made both aspects of the character less so.

    At best, it was a “that’s interesting, but it’s not Superman.” Fine for a short experimental story, but nothing worth returning to.

  2. So if you replace Superman’s hair in the red variant costume with fire you get … Firestorm lol.

    it was for me kinda nonsensical and I see what they were trying, but that was the New Coke v Old Coke paradigm … did we really need it?

  3. I’m not really familiar with the storyline, but I’m always up for a story that’s different from the one I already know, and even when it fails, I still like it that the writer tried something different.

    “Change is only good when it works” is a recipe for stagnation in creativity, IMO.

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