There is a new Superman and he is Chinese

I haven’t been following what’s going on in the world of comic books these days, especially superhero comic books. Movies have taken the place of actual comic books when it comes to superhero storytelling.

It would seem that I’ve been missing a lot. For instance, Superman is now Chinese.

There is a new Superman and he is Chinese - Bent Corner
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It appears from the cover art that not only is Superman now Chinese; he is Communist Chinese. His uniform is red and features the stars from the Communist China flag. Even when Superman was a Kryptonian- American, he didn’t go around wearing parts of the American flag as a uniform.

There is a new Superman and he is Chinese - Bent Corner
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This isn’t the first time Superman has been portrayed as a godless Communist. The 3-issue Elseworlds miniseries Red Son told the story of what would have happened if baby Superman’s spaceship had landed in the Ukraine instead of Kansas and he was raised in the Soviet Union. It came out over ten years ago, and I haven’t read it since. I remember enjoying it. I thought it was an interesting premise.

This new Chinese Superman doesn’t look quite so interesting. In fact, it looks quite bad. The artwork looks cheesy and just ugly. I wouldn’t pay three dollars to read it, although I would probably pay three dollars not to read it.

When it comes to reading comics, you’ll have a much more satisfying experience reading older stuff. Avoid any of the material produced in the last five years. DC Comics and Marvel have been putting out a lot of social justice warrior friendly junk lately. Marvel has been especially bad. Thor is now a woman. Ms. Marvel is now a Muslim. The good news is that they both publishers have such an extensive back catalog of work, it doesn’t really matter. You can just ignore the new stuff and go back and read the older material.

Or wait for the movie.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The most notable villain with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t Lex Luthor , it was any critic who unfairly gave this film a negative review.

I finally got around to seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice yesterday. I was going to see it opening weekend, but I allowed the negative reviews from film critics to cloud my judgement and change me mind. Big mistake. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not a bad film. Far from it. I enjoyed it greatly.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not an action comedy. There’s not much humor in this film and that’s the way it should be. If you need humor in your comic book movies, then I suggest you stick to Marvel Comics films. Even though the characters in those movies engage in brutal combat in densely populated areas, undoubtedly leading to the death of scores of innocent civilians, they still have time to yuck it up.

I thought Ben Affleck made a fantastic Batman, better than Christian Bale. Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman/Clark Kent is on par with that of the late Christopher Reeve. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was surprisingly good. When I first heard she would be playing the part of the Amazonian warrior princess, I thought she was a bit too thin for the part. I was wrong. She made a fine Wonder Woman. 

The one and only issue I had with the move was Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. He was annoyingly awful. It was as though he thought Lex Luthor should be played as a cross between Heath Ledger’s Joker and Brad Pitt’s character in the movie 12 Monkey’s. I just didn’t understand the character. It’s not like Eisenberg doesn’t posses the acting chops to play Lex Luthor. Anyone who watched his performance as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network should know he has the ability to play the part of Lex Luthor. Zuckerberg and Luthor are not the different. Not really.

The most notable villain with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t Lex Luthor , it was any critic who unfairly gave this film a negative review. The movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes shows Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at rotten with 29%.

That’s absurd and it’s dishonest.

Marvel Comics is killing Wolverine!

I haven’t been following the story lines in mainstream superhero comics lately, so it came somewhat of a surprise to me when I learned that Marvel Comics is killing off its most popular character, Wolverine.

It’s going to happen in a four-issue mini-series by writer Charles Soule and artist Steve McNiven aptly titled, Death of Wolverine.

I don’t know what I find more ridiculous, that they would kill off their most beloved, most popular character or that they would spoil the ending by blatantly telegraphing what is going to happen. It’s a very comic bookish thing to do, to spoil the ending of a story in the book’s title.

One of the things I’m worried about with this story line is how it will effect our neighbors to the north, the people of Canada. Most people probably don’t realize it, but Wolverine is Canadian. People in Canada don’t have much to be proud about. Even though Wolverine is a fictitious comic book character, he’s one of the most respected and admired individuals by the Canadian people. He’s a Canadian role model. He’s right up there with Justin Bieber and that fat dude who helped open the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics with his slam poetry. When Wolverine is dead, that’s one less hero Canadians will have to look up to. When Wolverine is dead, I’m worried many Canadians will spiral out of control. The death of Wolverine might cause even more Canadians to sit all day at Tim Hortons eating donuts, drinking bad coffee, and smoking crack.

I remember when DC Comics killed of Superman. I was in the Air Force and stationed in upstate New York, near Syracuse. The week Superman #75, the issue where Superman was killed, came out, an area comic book shop was selling the comic for $100.

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I don’t know if any of the issues were sold at that price, but needless to say, the book can be purchased for a lot less these days. Mostly that’s because Superman isn’t dead anymore. It turned out, he didn’t stay dead for very long. That too is a very comic bookish thing to do. when a hero dies in the pages of a funny book, he or she doesn’t stay dead for very long.

I fully expect the same thing will happen with Wolverine.