Clark Kent’s fight for justice

At the end of the DC event Infinite Crisis, Superman lost his powers.  Flying through a red sun or kryptonite enema or something — I didn’t really read it that closely.  Batman and Wonder Woman figured a mortal Superman would be as good as time as any to take a vacation as well, leaving the DC universe without its trinity for a full year.

Here’s an end moment from Infinite Crisis #7, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by a ton of talented people.

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So, Superman retires and lives full time as the goofy, clumsy Clark Kent — award winning reporter, married to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lois Lane, and very near-sighted.  Still, when he’s not stopping earthquakes and punching supervillains, his personal life thrives quite nicely.  We skip a year.

Today, we’ll be looking at the first half of the Up, Up, and Away arc in Superman #650-651 and Action Comics #837-838, all written by Kurt Busiek & Geoff Johns and drawn by Pete Woods.

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See that?  Clark’s finally earning his keep.  Not having to duck out of interviews to stop a tsunami halfway across the world certainly has its advantages.  Including a better marriage.

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When the couple gets to have dinner together instead of Superman breaking plans to stop a rogue meteor, a different type of sparks fly.  Luckily, even when disasters occur, Metropolis is covered.

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Unfortunately, even with Supergirl protecting his city, Clark has some brand new problems to face. Like now, when thugs kidnap him for exposing their illegal activities through the power of the written word, the danger suddenly becomes far more real.  Not being bulletproof sucks.

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Y’see, being a hero for a solid two decades makes some habits hard to kill.  Like angering supervillains and refusing to compromise on values.  Though, this is the first time in Clark’s life since prepubescence that he actually sees the world as we do, with our inability to leap tall buildings and shoot lasers out of our eyes.

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But even though Superman’s more Jimmy Olsen than Superman now, he still has all those connections with every single other superhero in the DC universe.  It’s a benefit of being the company’s flagship character.  So when Clark Kent investigates dangerous situations, the threat goes from lethal to manageable with one phone call.

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Not a bad life for the former Man of Steel.  He still gets to punish criminals through the newspaper and he has the Justice Society of America on speed dial.  Look how awesome everything is now.

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Just one small problem.  Poor Clark forgot to realize that Luthor’s position of power and influence came by making good on all those I’ll-kill-you threats.  Supervillains tend not to have much empathy for civilians who get in the way of evil.  Poor Clark indeed.

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Oh yeah, things just got really bad.  And it gets worse:

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Y’know how Superman’s faster than a locomotive and all that?  Not anymore.

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The next scene should have a sad clean up crew mopping up splattered reporter goo.  But like most superhero feats, Clark was saved in the nick of time.  By himself.

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Superman’s back and Intergang’s going to pay.  Though you’ll have to buy the book because I’m stopping here.

I imagine there’s no greater joy in Clark Kent’s life than when he puts back on those blue and red tights.  Maybe punching bad guys in the face.  Probably one of those two.

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2 Comments on “Clark Kent’s fight for justice”

  1. Jason says:

    That’s the other way to make Superman interesting, make him normalman.

    Of course they introduce a Deus Ex Machina to make him Superman again rather than kill him.

  2. palmtreeze says:

    I’d love an entire series focused on the Daily Planet and journalism. Basically the Metropolis version of Gotham Central.


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