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Superman #13 marks big shake-up for Clark Kent

New Superman writer Scott Lobdell is wasting no time putting his mark on the relaunched series: With this week’s Issue 13, he shakes up Clark Kent’s life, as well as one of the foundational elements of the Man of Steel’s mythology. Warning: If you don’t want details of Superman #13 spoiled before Wednesday’s debut, turn back now.

Pressured by his feelings for Lois Lane, and criticisms from boss Perry White and Galaxy Broadcasting head Morgan Edge, in this week’s issue Clark delivers a fiery public sermon on the state of journalism and quits the Daily Planet, with entertainment reporter Cat Grant walking out with him.

“I don’t think he’s going to be filling out an application anywhere,” Lobdell tells USA Today. “He is more likely to start the next Huffington Post or the next Drudge Report than he is to go find someone else to get assignments or draw a paycheck from.”

The writer says the employment shakeup was spurred in part by a desire view the character through a contemporary prism, one in which new-media careers apparently are more topical than traditional newspaper jobs. “When we started discussions,” Lobdell says, “they were like, ‘Yep, let’s see where this goes. Let’s take the sacred super-cows and start looking at Superman with a new set of eyes.’ ”

It’s of course not the first time Clark has parted company with the Daily Planet, which was introduced in 1940′s Action Comics #23 (before that, the newspaper was referred to as the Daily Star). Most notably, he was removed from the newspaper in 1971 following its purchase by Galaxy Broadcasting System, and named by Morgan Edge as anchor of WGBS-TV.

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Heck yeah!!! Its good to see him moving on from the Daily Planet. Im looking forward to Scott Lobdell on this book.

Long as he stays a true journalist, won’t matter where he ends up.

Sides, he’ll end up back at the Planet at some point anyway, DC always has to keep the status quo for the licensors.

This idea is not inherently bad given the purpose of the New 52, but Scott Lobdell is an idiot so the execution will be horrible

Or how about when he became editor in chief of Newstime magazine during the Krypton Man story arc? This will pass.

This sounds so goddamn stupid. Gives a sermon on the state of journalism and quits the Daily Planet? Lobdell has been watching too much of the Newsroom…and that show sucked.

GET A NEW WRITER ON THIS BOOK!

“David
October 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

This idea is not inherently bad given the purpose of the New 52, but Scott Lobdell is an idiot so the execution will be horrible”

^^^^^^^This.

Chris: apparently you’ve never heard of the movie “Network”. I think this is a great idea, but it could’ve been done in the old DCU just as easily.

Scott Lobdell writing Superman. That’s a nightmare.

I guess DC has done enough changes on Superman with the new 52 reboot, that the only thing left is changing Clark’s status. They aren’t happy just separating him from Lois so they see what else they can change. Hopefully it will be written well.

In the larger scene shown elsewhere, Clark is greatly upset by Lois taking her relationship with her boyfriend to another level. Isn’t Superman’s new relationship with WW supposed to be shown across the DC line? It’s not even shown in his own books! You’d think that the new writer would’ve been given advance word of one of the biggest changes in the character which has no doubt been planned for some time. Ridiculous.

This sounds great!

I agree Rick. What’s the sense of hooking him up with WW when in his own books he’s pineing after Lois. I mean if you’re going to change status quo, change it across the board. I mean I’m on board with Clark and Diana and I’ll be on board for Clark and Lois but not Clark with Diana who’s love sick over Lois. Maybe down the line when obstacle began insert themselves into Clark and Diana’s relationship then I can see Clark having second thoughts and wondering how it would be to pursue Lois but not this early in Supes and WW relationship.

@robert

I’ve seen Network. Newsroom is a cheap imitation of that and this sounds like a cheap imitation of Newsroom. Superman deserves better.

um… didn’t Grant Morrison come up with an entirely new identity for Superman, that wasn’t Clark?
did everybody just ignore that issue? i haven’t heard ANY reference of that anywhere.

@Rick, I agree why is Supes romance with WW not being addressed in his own books! It doesn’t make any sense, where’s the continuity in Superman’s life being shown. Maybe some of the rumblings in the DC editorial offices we have been hearing lately from writers and artists as to cooperation between different books have something to it. This is their flagship character, he deserves better treatment than he has been getting since the reboot. What happens to a character in one book should be acknowledged in other books, especially something as important as a relationship or career change.

@notammargartet, it only lasted one issue and took place in the “5 years ago” storyline.

Hi.

We’re DC Comics.

We don’t have any ideas about how and why our characters work, so we just try crap that makes no sense and which will be negated within a matter of months anyway.

We turn over our flagship characters to “creators” who don’t have any ideas other than blowing stuff up for no reason rather than doing interesting and creative things.

Join us, won’t you, as we trash 75 years of history for no reason other than that we can.

@Rick. Yeah I notice that Lobdell has ignored WW and SM is supposed to be a power couple. The Superman book has been so crappy and this seems just that Clark has a hissy fit cause he can’t get Lois. He moved on where????? For crying out loud. Where is the guy Morrison wrote from Action who does things because he really has a social conscience and some b@lls?

I’m glad to see attempts like this to drag the characters into the present day. Unless the comics are to be treated as period pieces, this kind of thing does need to happen.

On the other hand, I don’t know how much sense it makes for Clark to be self-employed, because “starting the next Huffington Post” would be more than a full-time endeavor and require a kind of self-promotion that would be antithetical to the character.

Still, it’s an interesting idea and it has me looking forward to the new issue more than I have any issue of the new Superman book so far.

Join us, won’t you, as we trash 75 years of history for no reason other than that we can.

Yeah, yeah, you and everyone like you can keep repeating the hivemind take all you want, but it’s time to face the fact that newspapers are dying and eventually you will have to accept that Clark Kent no longer works for one if his stories are to be set in the modern day.

DiDio, Lee, Johns, and the hacks that worked for Marvel are trashing DC.

Mike McNulty aka Stillanerd

October 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm

While I appreciate the attempt by Lobdell and DC to try and “modernize” Superman to better reflect the “internet age” and the state of modern journalism, not only to I believe this is not going to help the Superman comics in the long run, but will be looked back as being detrimental move.

In the first place, this puts Clark Kent at an even greater distance between himself and his supporting cast and thus puts more emphasis on his being a superhero. Granted, considering he’ll still have Jimmy Olsen for a roommate and whatnot, he’ll still have a cast, and it’s in keeping with this idea that Clark’s feelings of isolation, but in doing so it’s now become more about Superman being “Kal-El from Krypton” and less about “Clark Kent from Smallville, Kansas,” which I believe has been one of the more misguided creative decisions DC has made about Superman since the New 52 relaunch.

I would also add that, with this move, it’s appears to be an attempt to get Clark out of the “mild-mannered reporter” tag, thinking that by making him more independent and having a spine as “Clark Kent” will help readers better identify with him. But what DC seems to be forgetting is that the reason why Clark acted “mild-mannered” while in his “Clark Kent disguise” was for him to better blend into his surrounding and NOT attract unwanted attention to himself that would everyone look at him and go “Oh, that guy is so obviously Superman.” It’s the same reason why Clark’s stint as a TV news anchor didn’t last so long–Clark Kent is supposed to be more “behind the scenes” while Superman is more “in public for everyone to see,” if that makes sense. Perhaps it’s just me, but Clark giving a “fiery public sermon on the state of journalism” before he quits is NOT something he would say while “in disguise as Clark Kent”; that’s what he would say as SUPERMAN.

The other person who would have said it? Lois Lane, who I would argue has suffered even worse treatment in terms of characterization since the New 52 relaunch. Sure, DC wants to inject more “soap opera” between Lois and Clark by having them be in relationships with other people, but the one thing Lois should never be is a “desk jockey” and a supporter of the current structure at the Daily Planet, which is precisely what DC has turned her into. She’s NOT a female Perry White. SHE’S supposed to be the one whose all about real journalism, getting out into the trenches, digging up the truth and standing up for her own principles and integrity, the very characteristics which DC has now given Clark. So not only would I contend that DC is continuing the trend of de-emphasizing her role in the Superman comics, but is also grossly out of character just as much as they’re now making Superman while he’s “Clark Kent.”

Depending on how far ahead Lobdell may had already had the H’el on Earth storyline prepped he may have not been able to mention the WW pairing yet. Or it just hasn’t happened yet and it will after this storyline.

If that’s the case, it needs an editor’s note saying “This story takes place before JL #12″.

Clark’s behavior with Lois here came off petty and unfair. Unfortunately, this is exactly how I saw it going the minute they announced they were pairing Superman and Wonder Woman. (An Idea that I still think is a terrible one. I prefer them as friends and always will.)

Here is what people don’t get: one of the most human and realistic things about Clark Kent is that he just freaking loves Lois Lane. Ok? She is that person for him. You all know what I’m talking about because we all have ::that: person. That person that no matter who else you are with or what else you are doing no matter how how that person is—you want them. We have ALL been there. Some of us married our person. Some of us never got our person. But you know what i’m talking about.

Grant Morrison put it best in All Star Superman when he said that there “has to be something that even” Superman can’t help. That’s Lois. Superman and Wonder Woman look good on paper but Diana (no matter how great she is) is not that person for Clark. At the end of the day, Action #12 showed where Clark’s heart always returns. He wants Lois.

Now, I’m not criticizing Clark for this. On the contrary, it’s one of the things that makes Superman one of the most relatable characters in history despite his immense power. He loves the mortal. He can’t get over her. He will go crazy loving her even if he’s dating Wonder Woman.

But you have to be really, really careful not to write him like a huge jerk. Here, he comes across as a jerk to both Lois and Diana. He’s violating Lois here. He’s reading her personal text messages. Also, let’s remember that he never actually told Lois how he felt. So it’s very passive aggressive and uncool for him to get angry with her when he has NEVER actually told her how he feels about her. Lois has done nothing wrong here. In the meantime, it makes Clark look weak for pursuing Diana when it’s clear as day that he’d probably still prefer to be with Lois.

They are going to have to watch this because they are treading in very shallow water here. Right now? I think both Lois and Diana are probably too good for Clark. Maybe Lois and Diana should hook up.

I don’t think it’s a good idea for Clark to start his own online news site. I think it’d be better for him to become a freelance journalist after he quits the Daily Planet.

As a fan who reads DC, i wont “buy” if superman is the same superman for the past 75 years. its repetitive, and dull. no one has those 1940′s down with whatever is new, up with values, “great scott” mentalities anymore.
lois can save herself, no woman needs men to do this anymore. certainly not a four-star generals daughter, living in a high crime rated metro area. it would be silly to repeat that superman saves lois again mindset, and off putting to females that read comics. and they now read more than men do. fact. look at a convention, and go to a comic shop sometime.

“Kal-El” has never been explored despite the fact that one of the main two goals of his father, was to provide earth with scientific guidance, so that it wouldn’t perish on its own arrogance like krypton did. as a reader I want Kal, not clark in todays climate. i want him to use the fortress to give the planet new, clean energies and for DC to set an example for us to stop using coal, oil, and gas. we’ve had seventy five years of clark. we’ve had very few stories of kal-el, the scientist. the superman that could save earth, and damn any outdated morals, the earth has physical problems that transcend these.

Newspapers are so dated its not even funny. I’ve been reading superman since the 70′s and even I think it’s stupid that he’s still a newspaper reporter. Good thing his original job wasn’t a blacksmith.

@ Defiance-Defiant:

My sentiments exactly. Well said. While Clark is pretty cool, I want to see more Kal-el.

@Defiance-Defiant.

How many versions of Lois Lane have you really been exposed to? It can’t have been much, since the damsel-in-distress you’re describing hasn’t existed for many years. Sure, there are times when Lois still needs saving, but those times have become more and more rare. I’ve read all of the Post-Crisis era comics, for instance, and during the triangle era, Lois was saved an average of 3 times a year.

Clark Kent is essential to Superman. Kal-El’s father may have been a scientist, and I’m not against Kal using whatever facility he has in that area to help humanity, but journalism is important to Clark. For one, it’s one of the few professions that can be genuinely challenging for him. Clark loves the challenge. He also loves to write; using his words to influence the public. Finally, newsrooms have one thing a lab does not: friends, co-workers, sources, you know, people.

Nearly all of the great Superman stories balance the hero and alien with the reporter and regular guy. Morrison’s “All Star Superman” and Elliot S! Maggin’s novels are just two examples.

Why should people even care about this superman? They have ruined superman. I use to joke that this was superboy prime pretending to be superman. The more I read about what is been going and preview. I’m starting I wasn’t far off. Can we please bring back the superman married to lois now and get ride of this poser?

I’m sorry but DC has ruined Superman! Now it looks even more like they’re turning this into a HUGE joke now. They will change him so much he’ll be NOTHING like the original. I’m sorry but even though I’ve been reading and collecting superman for years after this stupid crap (and you can see there will be more to come) I’m officially dropping all Superman books. Someone let me know when the REAL Superman gets back

One of the few changes that sounds like a good idea. Purists will hate it but the Daily Planet would probably be gone (or very different) in a few years in the real world so why not have Clark strike out on his own.

For those wondering about the romance between Supes and Diana, you’re wasting your time on the Superman books. Buy JL. As for the people complaining about Lois this and Lois that, book isn’t about her. She is a supporting character and so far she has really not done much to make Superman that interesting in the books and we’ve had a lot of her as far as I’m concerned. All the writers have given her a lot of page time. DC has been way kinder to her this relaunch than in the 80ties where you barely saw her at times. There has been way too much cramping of Clark’s development as it is. It’s about time we see more of Clark/Superman

Wrote more about it as, ironically, a blog post on my blog, but overall, sounds like a fairly lame story idea. Other than wondering how Clark pays for his rent on a Huffington Post-level salary (i.e., zero or near that), it doesn’t really compare to his TV career in the 70s/80s, which was a then-modernization attempt: besides lasting longer (from 1971-1986) than this move-to-blogging will probably last, it also kept Clark attached to his Daily Planet cohorts (they worked in the same building), and kept his journalism credentials intact (vs being a Yet Another Blogger). That, and the Planet in 90s/2000s comics already *had* a website/blogs for Clark and Lois, just like every other major newspaper; I don’t see the NY Times (similar to the Planet, including some TV tie-ins) going under anytime soon…

so he’s greg rucka?

@Libby: Interesting that you mention the Maggin novels (which ARE phenomenal, imo), because they are great examples of Superman not being a newspaper reporter… but instead, like this upcoming story, of having moved into a new area of journalism.

There’s one other thing I want to say to the people who have the comments like, “They are ruining ________! Let me know when the real ___________ comes back.”

If you’ve been reading comics over the past few decades, you have already been reading the “not-real” _________. Just because they were the versions you grew up with doesn’t alter the fact that all of the major characters have been changed drastically from their original incarnations. The “real” characters are all looooooonnnnnnng gone.

People seem to accept and take for granted the changes to characters that occurred at some point in the 50+ years prior to them discovering comics and those characters. But any change that occurs AFTER they begin reading comics as a kid is somehow suddenly out of bounds. It’s arbitrary and kind of hypocritical.

Know why I can’t stand Superman? The troupe that constantly piss me off. Mooning after women who don’t want him. Jesus, it’s 2012 and the guy is still doing this. If it’s not Lana, it’s Lois. Don’t see Batman, GL, Aquaman doing that crap. Maybe that’s why they are cooler. They act like adults. Five years and he’s sour Lois has a boyfriend. For crying out loud.

@ superfan: No, some of us stopped believing in the Disney portrayal of “the one” when we grew up.

Clark and Lois is boring, stale, and outdated. When teh Superman books finally start representing the fact that Clark has moved on from that terrible and unhealthy relationship (there has to be someone for Clark to save? LOL, that’s what Lois place in Clark’s life is? EWWWWWWWWW) then I will start buying them.

But as long as he’s pining over Lois, nah. I’ll just read Justice League.

@Karen, who mentioned Disney? Are you under some kind of impression that actual adults don’t get married and stay married? It may be shocking to you but it doens’t make you any cooler or more mature to act like people out there don’t go crazy loving each other. Visit a few nursing homes and talk to people in their 80′s and 90′s who have lost their spouses. It doesn’t happen for everyone but yeah, it does happen. Not just in Disney movies.

There is nothing outdated about two people who love each other. The final seasons of Smallville were ragingly popular and they centered almost entirely around Lois and Clark. The Smallville comic book continues to sell each week and hit #1 and they are at the center of that too. Their relationship will be central again in the new movie next June. Clearly, there is interest.

Terrible and unhealthy relationship? There was nothing unhealthy about their marriage. Their marriage was healthy. They both had their own interests and their own jobs. They both did their own thing and came home to each other just like many married couples. Just in their case, husband was a superhero. Clark stalking Lois here? Yeah, that’s unhealthy.

Grant Morrison never said there had to be someone for Clark to save. He said there had to be something he couldn’t help. What he meant was that Superman has incredible power. He could control the universe if he wanted. He can do anything. But, in Morrison’s opinion, there had to be ::something:: that was beyond Clark’s power. Loving a mortal. That was the point. Not that he had to save her. Do you need help with reading comprehension?

Justice League is an ok book. But I don’t see anything in the relationship with Clark and Diana that is anymore healthy than the behavior here. Diana clearly had strong feelings for Steve and turned her back on him because she was afraid. She isn’t being honest with herself. Clark has shut himself off completely and kept himself isolated. Both Clark and Diana come off as lonely, sad people. Nothing healthy about that.

I’m waiting for all the books to improve and that includes JL.

Superfan: ‘I’m waiting for all the books to improve and that includes JL’

I’m waiting for all the books to improve….. ESPECIALLY JL.

‘Predictable’ and ‘boring’ are the words that comes to my mind when I think about the Justice League written by Geoff Johns.

Sergeant Hartman

October 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

@Superfan & Mark:

Logically, why would DC try to improve the quality of these books as long as people who aren’t enjoying them continue to buy them?

@Sergeant hartman I would think why should DC other with people who claim to hate the books but still troll them when they get the chance…as if they are reading them?

Again: “Kal-El” has never been explored despite the fact that one of the main two goals of his father, was to provide earth with scientific guidance, so that it wouldn’t perish on its own arrogance like krypton did. as a reader I want Kal, not clark in todays climate. i want him to use the fortress to give the planet new, clean energies and for DC to set an example for us to stop using coal, oil, and gas. we’ve had seventy five years of clark. we’ve had very few stories of kal-el, the scientist. the superman that could save earth, and damn any outdated morals, the earth has physical problems that transcend these.

i wont read or buy a book with a superman that has been shown on tv, and in comics for decades, i want a totally changed hero. both on the inside and out, a new revamped version. the armor makes sense. he has kryptonite, and magic, along with red solar rays as a weakness. –why wouldn’t he address these weaknesses with armor? —he should be above dating mortals…wonder-woman can physically bear his kids, and we need “new” heroes and could get them from that type of a union. and if one of their kids becomes evil and is more powerful than both, it makes for new, interesting stories, instead of the same old b.s. for 75 years. ….As a fan who reads DC, i wont “buy” if superman is the same superman for the past 75 years. its repetitive, and dull. no one has those 1940′s down with whatever is new, up with values, “great scott” mentalities anymore.

lois can save herself, no woman needs men to do this anymore. certainly not a four-star generals daughter, living in a high crime rated metro area. it would be silly to repeat that superman saves lois again mindset, and off putting to females that read comics. and they now read more than men do. fact. —look at a convention, and go to a comic shop sometime. shes been consistently saved in action and superman comics for the last two decades, despite several people telling DC they are repulsed by it.

I have to chuckle at the timing of this article.

About a week ago, I thought to myself that if Clark Kent went into journalism now he’d be a blogger. I then thought that DC Comics would NEVER entertain such a crazy, yet truly fresh idea.

Then lo and behold, the blog Big Hollywood reports that DC really IS that crazy:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/10/23/superman-strikes-blow-citizen-journalism#comments

I’m already reading “Action Comics,” but I may now give “Superman” a try.

Who cares? SUPERMAN is selling by #12 what it was selling round #706! Now that Lobdell is onboard things will go faster to Hell(like they did with SUPERBOY and TEEN TITANS)

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