I just learned today, (Click this link to see the whole story) just how much of Superman will be changing and evolving in the DCnU, September "Relaunch". And it has made me a little sad.
Back when all these changes were announced, it came as no surprise to me that they were going to end the Lois and Clark Marriage. That seemed logical. We want a young "Bachelor" Superman. I figured we'd still have some conflict / flirting / sexual tension with Lois that would develop over time.. but I was sure they wouldn't be married.
What I didn't expect was to lose both the Kents.
That caught me off guard. Now, I realize sine 1938, that for most of Superman's existence, both Jonathan and Martha were out of the picture. Died before Clark became the hero we all know. But I grew up with Richard Donner's Superman and John Byrne's Superman... Martha and Jonathan have been a grounding point for Superman since the Man of Steel miniseries, written by John Byrne hit the stands in 1986. And when I read that Grant described Clark as being a more brooding loner type in his youth... a red flag went up.
Why? Listen, I trust the powers that be. I do. DC is trying to modern-ize and connect to new readers. I get it. I've listened to many interviews and read a lot on what certain creators think. I trust and feel that Grant Morrison truly loves the character Superman and I have faith he'll do right by him. BUT, the Superman I love... was raised and guided by the Kents, well into his adult life. And i'm finding it hard to accept this change. To me, Clark Kent is the person... Superman was the Mask. Clark was who he really was. A reporter, a husband, a son. Bruce Wayne is the mask and Batman is the real person. That is my DC. That is what I grew up with. That doesn't mean they shouldn't make the change. If change were easy, I'd have given up candy bars a long time ago. But for what ever reason... they are changing this too. If they write it well and it makes sense. I'm okay with it. I'll adjust. If Clark is still Clark at the core and Jonathan & Martha's values are still in him somewhere. I'll still be a Superman fan.
So, I ask... no... I'm begging DC. Do me one favor, before this becomes the new Superman. Let the fans have their good-bye. I'm serious. In all things... we need closure. Funerals are for the living, not those who have passed. They are a way to say good-bye. Give us a moment to reflect on the ending of the "Post" Crisis DC Universe. It wouldn't have to be a huge event. In fact, I'd prefer it not be. It needs to be a timeless, well written homage to what made the "Post-Crisis" Superman so great. Not an event, just a great Clark story, where he connects to Lois and to his adopted parents, "Jonathan and Martha. You did it at the end of the Pre-Crisis DC world. "Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow" was a great closing of the book to the DC Silver Age. So let's do this DC. Give me my good-bye. Bye to the Lois and Clark Marriage, bye to the Kents, and bye to the book and character that forever hooked me into comics. Bye Clark. (Snif Snif)