|Masks #7, cover by |
Alex Ross (2013).
|The Man of Steel cover |
by John Byrne (1986).
But I have been fooled many times before.
Not too long ago, on the heels of the wonderful All-Star Superman, Grant Morrison was given the reigns of Action Comics to usher the Man of Steel into the New 52. Years (decades?) ago I was an avid Superman fan purchasing all four titles being published weekly at the time with little numbered continuity diamond on the cover, so I was am ready to be won over. But Action Comics written by Morrison failed to capture the imagination and eventually my dollars. Now he, too, is departing the mainstream DC New 52 Universe for Multiverses as yet unknown.
One thing the New 52 reboot did do well is lay the zeitgeist groundwork, in a small way, for the new movie Man of Steel (2013) directed by Zach Snyder. After John Byrne's The Man of Steel miniseries in 1986, that re-booted Superman's origin so successfully, the same trick has been tried often with less success. Even the New 52 is offering a reboot of sorts by putting another of there top remaining writers, Scott Snyder, on the case. Snyder took over one corner of the Batman corner of the DC Universe for Morrison very effectively and DC (and fans) hope he has another entertaining angle left to reinvigorate the Superman franchise.
While quality comic books in the wake of successful films is never an assurance, I still have a touch of confidence that the combination of Snyder's (along with mega artist Jim Lee) Superman Unchained title and Man of Steel will result in published products worthy of the financial investment of collecting.
For this one time superhero comic book fanboy, Superman may be my only hope...