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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Bendis retcons the cause of Krypton's destruction, to one not unlike Black Zero's doings

As expected, if there's anything else Bendis had in store for Superman besides tearing down on his ideals, it's a retcon to the causes of Krypton's destruction involving an alien named Rogel:
...Originally, Krypton exploded originally from old age, then from growing radiation, then the over-mining of its core, then Black Zero space saboteur, then that it was enveloped by the sun, then it was crushed by the sun, then it was seismic activity, then blown up by Dheronians and now we have a TV series that will probably, eventually, give us a whole new reason for Krypton’s explosion.

But it looks like Bendis got there first. An alien who destroyed Krypton, is destroying Kryptonians… and Jor-El knew.

An ugly alien who destroyed a planet and is now trying to kill off everyone who lived on that planet to get the job done.
It's just a redo of the story from Superman #205 in the late 60's with Black Zero, the intergalactic pirate who, according to that story, destroyed Krypton. A tale so crummy it was quietly dropped and not forced into becoming canon. I don't think this approach would work well with Supergirl's Argo City either. It's just another example of writers with no confidence desperately reaching for the easiest ideas how to build an origin story today - make it as violently dark as possible, all to give the hero motivation. But in the end, it adds nothing except the very angle that's brought down superhero comics as a whole: darkness.

As things look so far, it could've been worse - Geoff Johns' retcon to Barry Allen's history is a lot more repellent. But that doesn't make it any better, and it's not impressive either. Bendis' debut on Superman elicits nothing more than a snooze.

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In the early 1970s, in a published letter, a reader mentioned that the Black Zero story, and also the story "100 Years, Lost, Strayed, or Stolen," did not seem to have been adopted as canon. The editor explained that, over the years, several stories contradicted each other, so they had to decide what to keep and what to drop.

The Bronze Age story where Clark Kent's glasses emitted radiation and hypnotized everyone he met so that they saw him as looking radically different from Superman was also soon swept under the rug.

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