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Thoughts on Frank Miller’s Superman: Year One

March 13, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Superman: Year One

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Last week we asked, Do the X-Men Need Professor X?. Here’s what some of you had to say:

Feather is Better for Alexa: “He’s not really needed or missed to be honest.”

Mr.Greed: “Honestly, I think X should stay gone. The x men can operate just fine without him and bringing him back would be a step backwards. Also, there are times were Charles can be a prick, like the time he attacked Magneto, even though Magneto only wanted to talk.”

Fantomex: “I’ve actually enjoyed him as a X better. It shows him as a completely new type of character. As he said he was no longer Charles Xavier but he was at x and he would save this world were like it or not. Younger blonde hair and with the ability to walk plus seems like his powers may have grown while he was trapped in the astral plane. Read issues 6 through 12 of the last run of astonishing X-Men. Plus its annual to see him. He even said the school was no longer his dream.”

SCGuy: “I agree, not exactly keeping up with, but from what I’ve seen he’s not exactly needed at this moment int time. When his is brought back, I think it may be better for the character to reoccur for a bit.”

DandySkull: “I don’t think he’s necessary. Even if he’s gone, his spirit still looms over the X-Men. He won’t ever be forgotten, he’s a huge part of the lore. From the animation, from the movies, from everything else. They keep bringing back all of these old character, instead of trying to move new ones into those positions, and it creates a kind of stagnation. I loved Wolverine and Storm as a headmaster. I liked Scott more when he was separated from the X-Men, and allowed to.. grow a character out of the role he’d been trapped in for forty years.”

lazaruslong: “Xavier coming back isn’t necessary. He IS necessary to the story of the X-Men, it’s his legacy. But we don’t need him around. I feel like differing versions of what his students think he would have wanted is a more interesting story than him being around at this point, especially given that any “serious”/”realistic” analysis of his character makes him either just kinda creepy or a proponent of child soldiers when you look at the early days of X-Men.”

To read last week’s column go HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we ask…

Thoughts on Frank Miller’s Superman: Year One

Frank Miller has always been a lightning rod for reactions during his stellar career. It’s no surprise that DC has pulled him in to do some work for their Black Label line.

As most of you know, the imprint intends to present traditional DC Universe characters for a mature audience with standalone, prestige-format series.

Enter Miller’s Superman: Year One.

Check out the (maybe) cover above and a couple pages below from Miller and John Romita from the book that’s currently on the calendar for November of this year.

What do we know about it so far? Just this write up from DC:

“From legendary writer Frank Miller comes a groundbreaking, definitive treatment of Superman’s classic origin story, with art by John Romita Jr.

This story details new revelations that reframe the Man of Steel’s most famous milestones–from Kal-El’s frantic exile from Krypton, to Clark Kent’s childhood in Kansas, to his inevitable rise to become the most powerful and inspiring superhero of all time.

Frank Miller (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and John Romita Jr. (All Star Batman) use their celebrated backgrounds to bring a fresh perspective to Superman’s origin, in a story that will live on as the pivotal Superman story.

The DC Black Label imprint features classic DC characters in compelling, standalone stories written and illustrated by world-class authors and artists.”

I’m cautiously curious about this. Superman’s origin has been told so many times and from so many angles on several media platforms (comics, TV, movie), that I’m not sure what else can be done to frame it differently.

Still, this is Frank Miller we’re talking about so we’ll be debating its merits no matter what.

What are your thoughts on Superman: Year One?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!