I've been seeing this image as the ad for Superman for months now. Hey, DC? You think you could change pictures when advertising your own titles once in a while?
Superman is in the middle of the streets of Metropolis fighting a construct. Superman gets the feeling this thing was meant to call him out and possibly see how well he stands up to it. After Superman defeats it, some of the people standing around declare that Superman just saved them. But this is one of the big issues I have with super hero comics. Without Superman, this threat would never have materialized. The last six issues that I'm not supposed to talk about were also filled with problems caused by Superman's presence. So seven issues into Superman, and he hasn't actually helped Metropolis at all. I will only count his actions as heroic if he's stopping threats that would have happened with or without his being present in Metropolis.
STAR Labs is called in after the fight to pick up the green horned creature that Superman put down. Supes must be fairly confident in his skills because as soon as the STAR Labs pick-up van shows up, he takes off.
I particularly like this soliloquy where he explains what he does to nobody.
Meanwhile, at the Daily Planet, we finally get to see Clark Kent at his desk doing some actual work for the paper! Keith Giffen is pretty good at setting up the alternate persona of the super hero. That's a really important piece of the puzzle. I think Marvel tends to do this a lot better than DC but Marvel didn't restart their entire line of comics and who wants to pay $3.99 for every single comic anyway?! Plus I wouldn't be as good at the Marvel history if I was doing this with Marvel. I'd be asking a lot more questions about people's histories and relationships. Who the hell is Mary Jane? Has Peter fucked her yet? Why does the Green Goblin hate him so much? How does the Sandman make a bowel movement?! Is Venom an alien that likes to pretend to be clothing or clothing infused with sentience?! Why did Mr. Fantastic call himself Mr. Fantastic? Isn't that a bit arrogant? And a bit flamboyant?
Now I want to read some Marvel comic books!
Back to Clark Kent trying to write up a story at the Daily Planet. As Clark Kent, he shows himself to be an easily confused pushover and it's hard to tell if that's part of the persona or if he really does have trouble tending to the social aspects of human life.
Am I the only one that thinks all Community Theater Plays are like this? A cast of characters come on stage, a bunch of stuff is said, confusion ensues and chaos reigns until the end of the second act when it's all beautifully straightened out with perfect comic timing?
"Superman was spotted pleasing hundreds of young women yet again. Witnesses said, 'He's the most fantastic and giving lover I've ever had the pleasure to witness! It was like Christmas Mass!'"
Hmm. He chooses the conference room this time. Probably a safer decision.
This encounter with the Seeker ends up with Superman being teleported to the Himalayas. After the mission is complete, the Seeker dissolves away into a fine mist. Or jelly. Or gray goo.
Superman calls himself Clark here while thinking. Is Identity Crisis the only comic where it is discussed that villains that can read minds should know the secret identities of all the heroes they encounter? Why isn't this a bigger problem? Super villains that can read minds wouldn't ever have to put themselves in danger. One could just hang out while the Penguin sets up a bank robbery, read Batman's mind, and then sell the information. What a business!
So it looks like the Daemonites lost interest at some point. Perhaps internal conflict has kept them from taking over the Earth. Or they're just being way too cautious.
That's what I've been wondering?!
Superman #7 Rating: +1 Ranking. I'm already enjoying this comic again. I'm not a big fan of Super Heroes defending against threats directed at them but at least Superman tries to take care of business quickly and away from populated areas. I also like when Giffen explores the non-super hero side of them. I believe Perez did some of this at the beginning before his plot totally got out of control and I liked the comic then as well. It went off the rails for a bit but it looks like it might be back on track. Speaking of trains....