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Saturday, August 22, 2009 

Golden Age Superman gets sent into blackness

The LeHigh Valley Express-Times fawns over Blackest Night Superman, where the Golden Age Superman is forced by James Robinson into a killer's role:
Now golden-age Superman has returned to Smallville as one of the Black Lanterns.

"Blackest Night Superman No. 1" is written by James Robinson with art by Eddie Barrows.

The story begins as a horror movie as Black Lantern Superman hides in the shadows and strikes without warning, taking his victims by surprise.

You never see what happens to Black Lantern Superman's victims.

This helps add to the drama and tension because by not knowing, your imagination fills in any number of horrible fates.
Okay, so granted, they keep the potential gore out of sight here. But still, no sale, because they're still implying that this is a horror story, and that the victims may have suffered a horrible fate, the most definite one being - what else? - the loss of their lives.
The only fault with the book is that it relies on the reader to know a bit of DC's recent history.

For most readers that's not a problem, but for anyone who has not followed DC for the past few years may have some difficulty understanding who everyone is.
Well gee, that's just the problem DC's had for quite a while now - their output of the past several years is not new-reader-friendly. And that's surely how they justify their actions.

The Golden Age Superman is undeserving of this awful storytelling, which is simply disrespectful of DC's past history and characters.

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