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Something I’m working on.

February 20, 2013

I suppose the ultimate aim of anyone who writes is to get their opinion across in a way that people will love. It comes easily to some and not so easy to others. Regardless, most people I have talked to describe a sort of paralysis that sets in before you publish something. Is it good enough, what parts could be touched up on. Other self indulgent things that ultimately stop you from publishing something in case someone dislikes it, or worse, no one cares. Its an all too real reality on the internet.

Anyway, that long winded ramble was so I could preface this. Been stuck on it for a while, mainly because I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking everything needs to be in list form to give it structure. Call this the draft version. The completed version will appear elsewhere.

”The first post will cover the Man of Steel himself, Superman, and aims to dispel some of the misconceptions or opinions that popular culture have thrown up about him.

I’ve probably lost most of you already. Lets face it, the internet thinks Superman is boring. You hear it ever day, repeated ad infinitum. Half the comments ever made about Superman are complaints about how hes too powerful, or too perfect, how hes ‘unrealistic’ or just how new stories can’t be written about him anymore as hes been around for too long.

Well I happen to love him. I this column, I hope I can convince you too.

To refresh your memory about just why you should care about him, watch the trailer for Man of Steel, then follow me after the jump

5. Superman isn’t too powerful.

Its the first thing people always think of when they first dismiss Superman “How can the stakes be high when you know he will always win? Hes just too powerful”

The thing is, in a world where Superman is one of the strongest beings on the planet*, people forget there is an entire universe out there. Beings like Lobo, Mongol, the Lantern Corps or even Darkseid in some cases (who thanks to Grant Morrison, became a literal cosmic horror pre 52 reboot) task Superman to his limits and quite often beat him.

Those villains just tend to cover his physical abilities though. The better stories reveal Superman’s emotional weaknesses, or that by engaging him in unusual ways will catch him off guard and lead to his defeat. Which leads to my next point.

4. He has great villains

Yep. He fought them all. Sometimes at the same time.

Though they tend to get sidelined by Batman’s villains (though who doesn’t get sidelined by Batman?) Superman has a great cast of villains which challenge him. Though many

*there is the thought that there are very few places on Earth Supes can truly let loose without causing real damage to the Earth and those he fights, which may be why he gets his arse kicked quite a bit, as hes effectively “weighing up his opponent”, trusting in his natural experience and durability to keep him in the fight until he gets a measure of his opponent (with some exceptions when its apparent that the person he is fighting is completely beyond even his abilities), which deals with the whole problem people have of Superman being beaten up physically by, say, Lex Luthor.

No such problems occur when Supes goes cosmic as the foes he tends to fight in space tend to be galaxy destroyers or literal Gods.”


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