New Thing #248: Superman Annual 11



Tonight I was in the mood to dive into some comic book that I’d never read before. Maybe a something featuring a character that I’ve known through the zeitgeist but never actually delved into their story before, like say, Aquaman.

But when I couldn’t decide what to read I went to the expert: my friend Tom.

He suggested I pick up Superman Annual 11. Partly because he knew how much I loved Alan Moore’s writing in Watchmen and partly because…well…he just thought I’d really like it.

The whole one-off reads a bit like a Marvel What If issue, placing Superman back on a Krypton that never exploded. And it’s a weird take on things. Ultra conservatives wanting society to return to the golden years, family infighting and a world weary Jor-El are not what I expected.

And it’s all a bit heavy handed, mirroring our own 1985 world troubles a little too closely.

All the fun bits happen back in the real world with Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman. As always, Superman himself still manages to bore me at almost every turn.

But the artwork was wonderful and the goofy plot device to put Superman back on Krypton made me smile.

But what I think is the best thing I took away from all this is the realization that iOS autocorrects misspellings of Krypton.


New Thing #153: Read Kingdom Come



Even though I’ve never followed the DC Comic universe very closely my friend Tom insisted that I read Kingdom Come. This seminal book follows a world where Superman’s retired and the new generation of superheros have run amok. When he comes back form his self imposed exile things, well, things don’t go so well.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that Superman isn’t my favourite comic book hearo. He’s not nearly as boring as The Flash, but he’s still pretty bland in my eyes. The only two DC characters I really enjoyed as a kid were Batman and Lobo of all people. 

But reading this book made me wish that I knew the history of every character in this universe because I’m pretty sure every one of them shows up in one panel or another. It’s an unabashedly beautiful looking book and the writing is unrelentengly. Every page is a meticulous painting; every word is filled with weight and meaning. I just wish I knew who more of the damn characters were that I was seeing. 

I’m really glad that I read this one.

New Thing #111: Slash Fiction



I heard of about slash fiction years ago: well known fictional characters having romantic interludes together that are in no way endorsed by their creators. Oh, and they’re always gay. 

I could have gone with some Batman and Robin or Luke and Han, but I decided to stick to the classics and read “Spock’s Hot Date”. In some round about way involving an alien planet, quesadillas and horseback riding, Kirk and Spock end up in the shower together.

Here’s an excerpt:

Jim’s chest heaved–partially from the increased heart rate associated with orgasm, partially from disappointed passion. “Then wash me, dammit, so I can hold you, you–wonderful being.”

This is particularly bad, even for fan fiction, yet absolutely entertaining. Although it did raise an interesting question about what happens when someone orgasms during a mind meld. Now, time to see if Riker ever got lucky with Picard! Oh wait, that already exists on Youtube.

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