I have made it clear just how disappointing the Superman title has been, I have also stated how tragic it is to lose Morrison on Action Comics (one it’s Morrison, and two it’s Morrison). That being said the future of Superman is currently up for grabs. I will address how I think DC can best solve this problem, and how a strong Superman could positively affect the line.
First, let’s look at each one of the titles.
Action Comics is by far the best-selling Superman title and is one of the best sold comics in the industry. I honestly can’t think of a future for the title without Grant Morrison. That doesn’t mean it has no hope. Let’s give Action Comics over to another character, I vote Steel. This will not only add diversity to DC’s line but will stream line Superman readership to their Superman title. It will also allow for the expansion of the Superman family which is desperately needed. The title doesn’t have to belong to Steel, but should be some other member of the Superman family that hasn’t had a lot (if any) air time in the New 52. Keeping things diverse and fresh is what the comic book industry is about, what better way of following up Morrison’s run then to do something different? Morrison is a god of the craft, and DC should not try to emulate his work without him.
Next, make Superman better. As I have stated before, Scott Lobdell has done great work so far in the New 52. He has proven that he has the skill to take on the Man of Steel. Superman has struggled with “monster of the week” plots for an entire year. Let’s change that. Supe’s has a pantheon of villains that have done nothing but gather dust for a year, why not give them a spin? 4-6 issue arcs dedicated to a struggle between Superman and a villain would be refreshing wouldn’t it? It doesn’t have to be that, but seriously. All year Superman has dealt with aliens. Let him do something else.
From what I hear, Supergirl is doing “alright” in the New 52. She now has a better character and look than the previous Supergirl, but has been stuck in neutral doing nothing of any significance. If she is to have a solo title, let her be doing something significant and different. Perhaps struggling with being a hero and a normal girl (except don’t do that, it’d be horrible). Make her get involved with a government organization or a secret society or something. Let her be a big girl and go off on her own adventures. She should be independent from the family, but be involved with the family when they need her help.
Superboy is doing fine. He’s off doing his own thing with the Titans and N.O.W.H.E.R.E, let him continue to do that. However, tie him in a bit more with the Superman mythos. Make Superman appear, or make him struggle a bit more with the symbol that he’s wearing. Do something with it tie it in more with the family.
So, Action should do something different. Superman should come down to Earth. DC should let Supergirl be a big girl. Superboy should acknowledge why he’s “super”. These are just some steps that I would suggest taking to revamp the Superman line. While I am not terribly excited about it, DC is heading in the right direction with H’el on Earth. Crossing the three titles over should help to establish a better sense of family. Then hit the ground running. Use that event as a jumping off point, to send each one of the characters in their own directions. Have a writer prepped for taking over Action and give them a different character and story to work with. Make all four of the titles tie in and fit as a family. So far it’s worked for Batman, it should work for Superman. I want to follow a Superman title, or even titles, but as of now the quality of the Super family isn’t so Super.
Until the next time, stay “super”.