Best Superman moment: Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet. Print looks to be dead at least for the mild-mannered reporter, who quit his long-time newspaper employer in Superman issue 13. Will he be a blogger? A vlogger? The new Arianna Huffington? The fourth estate will have to wait and see. Honorable mention: Supes and Wonder Woman flying above the trees, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. The smooch heard ‘round the comics world in Justice League issue 12 will hopefully play out to dramatic effect in a pair of comics next year: Snyder and Jim Lee’s much-ballyhooed Man of Steel series and Geoff Johns and David Finch’s Justice League of America, starring Wonder Woman’s ex Steve Trevor.
More thoughts on the New Status Quo as explored ( revised ) as in Superman #13 ( & Superman #14 Preview )
There are many unanswered questions. First I’d caution - the story isn’t finished yet. It maybe that Geoff Johns will tell us Diana and Clark - at least at this point in their lives - aren’t compatible. We’d - naturally - respectfully disagree, if that were to be the case, but that’s comic books. Things change. Equally Geoff might say yay they are compatible, and then we’ll Squee. What’s certain is that DC would be mad to tell us at this point which way this drama will play out!
When telling a story there has to be danger, and in romance that is uncertainty; will they won’t they? and we have that to some extent here in Superman #13. ( and now Superman #14 - even though Lois says “that not going to change ever.” or as Superman Editor Matt Idleson said, “not on my watch” )
We know Diana has a past - holding hands - with Steve Trevor. Clark has a past too. For me it’s realistic to recognise people have conflicting emotions and feelings. Not only is the future story untold, but the past history isn’t yet revealed. Although I’m confident the remaining issues of Action by Grant Morrison will fill in some of the gaps. Answering questions about the nature of Lois and Superman and Clark’s relationship. Morrison has shown Clark a possible outcome - a possible future where he and Lois are a couple in a world of super-people, but as a co-author of Hypertime as named by Mark Waid, Morrison is very much a disciple of the notion all stories are valid within and of themselves, and canon is just the narrative that the editors and writers elect to tell. DC have said Diana and Kal is the new Status Quo, it’s our preferred outcome, but we’re not selfish to pretend it’s the only one!
It maybe in this New 52 canon reality, that Clark had a crush on an older successful colleague who he admired, - or- it could be that Superman and Lois ”dated” as in the Bronze age, and here as then, Lois decided that their relationship couldn’t work…
Actually it appears to be a combination of these things. ( They even accompanied each other to a wedding )
… As Clark clearly has tried to woo Lois, hence the bed quip.
Lois however has not returned his affection - as we speculated, unrequited love on his part, and as inn the Gold/Silver/Bronze ages Lois has decided that she and Clark wouldn’t work as a couple.
…and his pining is just part of one chapter of his life ending as he moves on. Anyone who has experienced unrequited love knows how emotionally crippling that can be.
And Clark has moved on - Lois sees it, she is after all a great reporter.
Moreover the Great Reporter Lois Lane has guessed because she can see how happy Clark has been because of that kiss! The image used implies Superman #14 ( this scene at least ) is happening before Diana and Clark’s Smallville date in Justice League #14 - otherwise it would be that super-wonder-kiss
You know the one - the one with the double foot pop - Yes Diana makes Clark foot pop & Superman makes Wonder Woman’s foot pop!
Of course we’re looking forward to Andy Diggle’s take on the Ultimate Power Couple
So again it comes to this… the bottom line matters. If the people who actually go out and buy comics in print or digitally continue to enthusiastically embrace the idea of Superman and Wonder Woman, as early sales indicate they have, then WB/DC will ship books with our OTP front and centre.
So in conclusion support Diana and Kal in print, and by buying licensed merchandise - and the creators including @DCComics by shouting out the love for things that they get right.
DC - Marvel Elseworld Mashup.
A certain alien crash lands in Canada, and is saved not by a kindly couple… but…
An advanced Weapons research facility…
Includes characters & stuff from TV Smallville / Movies. PG13
- Credit to Grant Morrison’s incredible distillation with Frank Quietly of Superman’s origin from AllStar Superman.
- Characters property of DC and Marvel Comics.