Wednesday, July 14, 2010
New Comics Wednesday Week 28 - Lex Luthor Is the Man
One superhero, though, does not. He can leap tall buildings in a single bound, and see through walls as long as they are not coated with lead-based paint. Of course, I am talking about Superman. Despite being the most recognizable icon on the planet, I’ve never been the biggest fan of the big, blue, boyscout, and it’s mostly because not a soul on the planet can go toe-to-toe with him. He can knock planets of their orbits. Punch Gods, and Muhammed Ali. He can, debatably outrun the flash and charm your Mom. There isn’t anyone in the DCU who doesn’t look up to him, or fear him.
He’s also gone through some significant changes in the comics as well. From the earliest appearances where he was a mad scientist, to John Byrne’s red-haired reboot, to the more recent businessman with political aspirations, he’s always been facinating.
He is the best reason to read any Superman book, and they suffer when he is not present.
Because it was awesome.
I’m not sure how well it will read for those not currently engrossed in current DC events. Shorthand, besides Green Lantern’s power ring, there are six others, each based on a color of the spectrum. During the Blackest Night, Luthor was granted use of the Orange Ring, which was powered by Avarice, something Lex is all too familiar with. But at the end of the event, the ring was taken away from him.
Those of you not wishing to get the monthly issue, the trade is probably at least six months away. In the meantime, read these stories to get your fill of Lex-goodness.
All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
Lex Luthor: Man of Steel by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo
Superman: Secret Origin by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank