Monday, May 30, 2016

Manic Memorial Day--Neal Adams Didn't Get The Memo!!

DC could certainly do worse things than give Neal Adams carte blanche with some of their characters.

I've made no secret of my love for what Mr. Adams has brought to the industry

And, hell, the man is going to be 75 next month, and he's still drawing!! And still drawing well!!

So good on DC for saying, "What the hell? Let's give Neal fee reign on an out-of-continuity Batman title!"

Of course, Batman Odyssey, while visually spectacular, was kinda nuts:

Yeah, Adams' Batman regularly used guns against criminal, and even fired at crowds of citizens to inspire them to move. So maybe off book a little bit...but still great fun in a totally insane sort of way.

So now we come to Superman: The Coming of The Supermen, where Neal gets to play around with the Man Of Steel, free of nu52/Rebirth constraints.

But once again, Adams hasn't quite grokked how his hero is "supposed" to behave.

Kalibak has kidnapped a young refugee child who was under Superman's care, in order to draw Kal-El to Apokolips.

And Superman is none too happy:

Hoo boy. Let's look at that again:

It's good to see the red tights back. But "Nothing requires you"? "Your life is forfeit"? "I'll beat it oput of (him)"?

See, maybe that's what the mix-up was...maybe Zach Snyder was (through time-travel or whatever) reading this series when he crafted his version of Superman for the DC Cinematic Murderverse!!

Anyway, stay off model as long as you want, Mr. Adams. You've earned it, and we're enjoying the ride. Happy Birthday, sir!!

From Superman: The Coming Of The Supermen #4 (2016)


Brian said...

I'm amused by the "He has brains?" comment. It seems that Superman's usual compunction against lethal force is relaxed against organic constructs like parademons – since he doesn't consider them true life (rather a sort of biological machine) or at least not sentient life that can be reasoned with. I wonder, as such (without further context), whether this is meant to presume that he sees Kalibak here – as another bestial entity from Apokalips – as another such creature, until Orion (who has more experience with and far more knowledge and context about his own half-brother) arrives and effectively reveals that Kalibak is actually another full sentient (albeit quite alien) being.

Smurfswacker said...

I don't know about you, but to me all the dialogue, especially in the final panel, sounds like Google-translated Japanese. "You make our existence ugly with your presence. All your base are belong to us."

snell said...

Brian--the context of the story (Superman had also fought Kalibak, and talked with him, over the past couple of issues) makes it clear that Kal-El knows that Kalibak is an intelligent being. He's just being wildly out of character.

Smurf--there's a reason that Adams is known for his art and not his writing...