Review: Superman #707
PLOT: J. Michael Straczynski
SCRIPT: Chris Roberson
PENCILER: Allan Goldman
INKER: Eber Ferriera
COLORIST: Marcelo Maiolo
LETTERER: John J. Hill
COVER: John Cassaday & David Baron
RELEASE DATE: January 12th, 2011
I'm not sure where to begin with this one.
After two years of loyally following the Superman titles, DC decided to ditch that - all for one man, in one of the worst mini's I have ever read -- War of the Supermen. Turns out that was not the only thing ditched as "JMS" ditched Superman, as well. No surprise, Superman #707 was one of the worst read's of my comic book reading "career."
Doomsday didn't kill Superman - Joseph Michael Straczynski did; however, I have faith DC has seen the light with another resurrection for the Man of Steel to come.
Yes, I know JMS didn't "write" the book - and I don't hold writer Chris Roberson to blame. Before picking this issue up, I did a little bit of research on Roberson and found him to be a big fan of sci-fi - as well as Big Blue. I can only surmise that Roberson agreed to hop on-board and continue this arc in the hopes that, one day, he gets to tell his own story, or quite possibly save it. It's quite obvious, that any fan of Superman wouldn't have the Last Son of Krypton communicating, of all things, with a cell phone! And therein lies the hope - that Roberson is a big fan. And I think we begin to see that shine through at the issue's end - and this teaser image.
I can spell out the entire problem with this notion that Superman should be "Grounded": H-E-C-A-N-F-L-Y! I always thought the Clark Kent persona to be the one to connect with humanity. After all, "Superman" has all these powers - and a costume. As we see in this issue, people look at him in a different light; he is there to help and protect them - using said powers. Superman isn't there to decide worker's rights or the latest "green" fad. Sorry, but that is absolute crap.
If for whatever reason, Superman feels that his "super-self" is out of tune with humanity, to make an attempt to connect so blatant is ridiculous. You would think someone as popular as Superman would have crowds and crowds of people walking with him - akin to the old Hulk Hogan promos. To be fair, this is my first "Grounded" issue, so maybe that has been dealt with? And let me guess? Clark is no where to be found - he's "covering" the story for the Daily Planet? I am of the opinion that Clark should be the one connecting with humanity - and Superman off doing his "super" things. Keep Supes out of the politically correct bs and keep him doing what he does best - truth, justice and the American way.
As I read this, I thought this grounded version of my childhood hero was going to go on and on. At one point, I considered sending the issue back to the DC offices as I was that disgusted with it; however, I thought the issue wasn't worth the small amout of postage to send. As Superman spoke with both the plant workers and Lois, I couldn't believe what I was reading. Is this Superman? Hell, no! Thankfully, I am not the only one who seems to agree, as Roberson introduces a way out. Yes!
I suppose my disdain is more for JMS' plot than for this particular issue. My advice to DC is to just ditch it!