ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
I was perusing DC's June solictations, trying to decide whether I should get Trinity or not -- on one hand I quite like Busiek, and also like stories featuring Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, otoh it's another weekly title from DC, so that's a lot of additional comics to buy -- when I got stuck on how Superman's hair looks on that cover: As if he was channeling Wolverine (well, minus the cool claws, but still).
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
When I asked what next to read from my waiting comic pile, Y: The Last Man topped the list, followed by All Star Superman and Fables. Since of these three All Star Superman didn't involve me remembering the place where I stopped and previous plots, I decided to go with that firstt.

All Star Superman #1-8 (written by Grant Morrison, pencils by Frank Quietly, inks by Jamie Grant)

I am less enamored with this than I thought I'd be. It is a lot of fun, but I think it is a bit too whimsical for my taste. Or rather... it's not that I mind the absurd, but I think I miss the underlying angst that I appreciate in mainstream superhero comics, which is strangely absent, and that despite the overarching plot being Superman facing his death from Lex Luthor's cunning plan to overload his system with solar radiation, and subplots like flashbacks to when Jonathan Kent died. Also, the art is okay, but not outstanding, that is, I can't really find anything wrong with it, but it didn't grab me on a visceral level or really connected with me.

That said, the series is definitely entertaining to read, and there's a lot of humor, both in the dialog and in visual jokes. From the start we get hilarious lines, like Luthor's exploding monster telling Superman "The purpose of my existence is to explode! You have no right to limit my ambitions, fascist! No right at all to stand in the way of my self-realization!" or the visual jokes, like when Clark, without disguise, saves people by being clumsy, e.g. when he saves someone from a dropping part of a flying vehicle by stumbling into him, without anyone even realizing it. Or the punchline with the key to his fortress being regularly sized (for being more secure) but actually turning out to be superdense and thus even heavier, and impossible to lift by anyone but him etc. The series is packed with funny details.

And I enjoyed the wacky hijinks in the plots, like the dinosaurs at earth's center, the Frankenstein scientist in a rainbow coat, who is actually kind of creepy if you stop to think about what he does, Jimmy Olsen crossdressing, the Bizarros zombiefying lots of people... and while I wasn't too impressed with the art, it does very well with illustrating all the quirky and bizarre stuff, like that Chronovore rampaging through Smallville.

Anyway, if you like wacky and funny superhero comics, and don't need baseline angst in the genre, this series is perfect.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: DC Comics/Muppets
Characters/Pairings: Fozzie Bear (as Jimmy Olson)
Rating: G
Media used: Pencil sketch, some quick and sloppy coloring in GIMP
Warnings: Um... crack!doodle?
Notes: This is the third of my Muppets/DCU fusion doodles. Again, it was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] brown_betty and [livejournal.com profile] thete1.
Preview: preview of Jimmy!Fozzie
Fozzie Bear (as Jimmy Olson), ca. 85k )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
After a few people commented on how disturbing Superman!Kermit was, I'd like to point out that even though I was unaware of it when I first drew him, TPTB have cast Kermit and Piggy in these roles long before me, as this image from the the 1982 Miss Piggy Calendar shows. And for the record, IMO Kermit as Batman Frogman (as seen here from the 1997 Muppet Parody Calendar: The Sequel) is far more terrifying.

The observation you make in comic fandom that TPTB will always have produced weirder stuff than you could ever come up with and will have done it first apparently holds true for Muppets as well. :)
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)
Fandom: DC Comics/Muppets
Characters/Pairings: Kermit the Frog (as Superman) and Miss Piggy (as Lois Lane)
Rating: G
Media used: Pencil sketch, some quick and sloppy coloring in GIMP (because Muppets should be colorful)
Warnings: Um... crack!doodle?
Notes: This is the first two of my doodles I threatened you with in my previous post. They were inspired by [livejournal.com profile] brown_betty and [livejournal.com profile] thete1. (The others aren't colored yet, and it's too late at night to finish them tonight.)
Preview: preview of Superman!Kermit
Kermit the Frog (as Superman) and Miss Piggy (as Lois Lane), ca. 140k )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
Since Superman Returns has opened here Thursday I now finally got to watch the movie too. I don't have any great comments or insights to offer, but I enjoyed it a lot. *squeeing noises*

Also because (almost) everybody else got to watch it months earlier, I missed all the fic that has been probably posted, so if you have any recs for Superman Returns fic, maybe you could point me?
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
I've made some icons from Superman #210 (written by Brian Azzarello, pencils by Jim Lee, inks by Scott Williams). As usual, comment if you claim one, say if you're willing to share, otherwise the icon belongs to the first person to claim it, and of course you can modify them in any way you want:

eleven icons from Superman #210 )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
I've read Superman #204 (written by Brian Azzarello, pencils by Jim Lee, inks by Scott Williams), and I liked it. Okay, it is a bit of trick to start telling your story starting at the end to hook readers so that they wonder what brought the characters there, and Azzarello does it both on the level of this issue, with not revealing for quite some time what the monumental event Superman and the priest were both referring to was (I know I'm kind of vague, but I don't want to spoil), and for the cliffhanger, because we still don't know what Superman did exactly, and I guess the tension will be kept up for a bit in that fashion. But the trick with the narrative structure totally worked. I'm thoroughly hooked.

The art is very much eye candy, the way Superman is often backlit with lots of shadows gives him a great look, and Lee has the iconic poses down pat. Gorgeous.

So naturally I couldn't resist and have icons for your enjoyment, the usual rules apply, comment if you claim one, say if you're willing to share, otherwise the icon belongs to the first person to claim it, and of course you can modify them in any way you want:

twenty Superman icons from #204 )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
That Jeph Loeb is fond of the Silver Age isn't exactly news. For example, IIRC it was him who brought back Krypto in 2001. Which always reminds me of Morrison's meta-run on Animal Man, where Buddy is at that place where comic characters that are written out go until they come back, and it's said that the animals have really bad chances of returning -- apparently not quite that bad, at the current rate I wouldn't bet anything important on that we'll never see Super-Turtle as part of any Silver Age revival, or that the Legion of Super-Pets is really gone for good.

And it's not just Krypto, Loeb did these stories about Krypton that from what I've seen draw from the Silver Age Krypton a lot, he obviously likes the World's Finest team-up, which is why we now are back to Superman and Batman being fairly close, if not quite like pre-Crisis, as of Superman/Batman #6 Lex Luthor seems to be back to his "mad scientist" persona, and now in Superman/Batman #8 we get Kara back, though it's not quite clear yet whether she's truly a Kryptonian relative like the pre-Crisis version. Not to mention that in Superman/Batman# 8 we also get Batman picking up Red Kryptonite, and when exactly did that come back into the comics?? I wonder how long it'll be until the gold, white and blue kryptonites come back. In the end it doesn't even matter all that much whether this Kara Zor-El is truly from Krypton (it's not as if there weren't enough Supergirls and Power Girls with confusing origins already), for this overall trend to chip away at the Superman reboot from 1986.

It's not that I don't find a lot of this Silver Age stuff charming and all, but well-- while I'm not the greatest fan of Byrne's Man of Steel mini series, I think it was a good thing to get away from all the Kryptonian super clutter. It's simply more powerful when Superman is truly the last and only survivor.

Thus I'm kind of torn about the Superman/Batman series, especially with Loeb once again writing Superman soon. I love the double POV and the whole take on the World's Finest Team and their relationship, and while I wasn't that fond of Ed McGuinness cartoony style, I think Michael Turner's art is gorgeous. I'd have bought #8 for the Gotham skyline in the splash page alone, but I don't think we really needed another Supergirl. I guess I'll be okay as long as she doesn't get a horse with a cape. Or hangs out with Streaky the Super-Cat.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
You remember how a short while ago I brought to you some Elseworld scans, among them that wacky Batman SM outfit? And thought that couldn't be topped? Well I'm just now reading a Superman Elseworld trade, Superman: The Dark Side (written by John Francis Moore, pencils by Kieron Dwyer, inks by Hilary Barta), and the plot isn't really all that important to these three panel scans. All I have to say is, if you ever wanted to see Lex Luthor naked (well okay he has a loin cloth), gagged and wearing a dog collar, while a huge dominatrix wielding a whip towers over him (you see bloody whip marks too), you should take a look behind this cut tag.
you'd think I was kidding, but I am not )

You know, each time I think that there are certainly things I'd only ever see in fanfiction not in the comic books, I'm proven wrong.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
So I'm kind of spamming my blog tonight, sorry about that, but why hasn't anyone *looks at [livejournal.com profile] cereta* told me that during the Intergang/Soames storyline in Nightwing there was an Action Comics tie-in, i.e. Action Comics #771 (written by Chuck Dixon, pencils by Pascual Ferry, inks by Alvaro Lopez), with Nightwing coming to Metropolis and working with Superman? Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cereta I really like the two together, and think we don't see them side by side nearly enough, or I just don't know about it, like I didn't know about this one.

Superman catches Nightwing because at first he thinks he's a suicide, but of course Nightwing is just being his usual airborne self, and then carries him in his arms (Nightwing: Now can you put me down before you start calling me "Lois"? -- Superman: Hm.), then they're on a stake-out together with Superman calling Nightwing a nickname, "'Wing", of course they also successfully beat up bad guys together, and at the end they promise each other to keep in touch. (Superman: "If Intergang has taken an interest in Blüdhaven you may need some heavy lifting." Nightwing: "I might take you up on that. Not sure what I could do in return." "Just keep me in the loop. This little episode would have slipped by me. I'm glad you're more trusting than your mentor." "He's got a more suspicious nature, Superman. And he's never taken the time to get to know you.") That made me feel all fuzzy, because really Batman and Superman have been working together for a long time, yet Nightwing claims he's gotten to know him better. *squee*
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
I've been wondering when and how Batman and Superman reveal (or find out) each other's secret identities as Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent (in current comic continuity), and which issue(s) tell of this. The version of their first meeting as it is told in Man of Steel (mini-series) #3 (Nov 1986) -- I don't know if there are others -- doesn't have a mutual revelation of secret identities.

I did some web research, but what I found surprise me, mostly because I previously thought that Superman and Batman found out about each other early. The Superman FAQ has a question on who knows of his secret identity and says that "Batman discovered the secret (ADVENTURES #440, May 88)". I then browsed that site some more and found a three part article Superman & Batman: World's Finest Team, that takes a closer look at their relationship.

That article tells a bit more Adventures of Superman #440. It's apparently continued from Action Comics #594:

Superman asks for his help in trying to determine who has been keeping a scrapbook of his feats before his official debut as Superman (unknown to Superman, Ma Kent had been saving clippings, and her book had been stolen).

Batman brings Robin along to meet Superman. It isn't clear whether this Robin is supposed to be Dick Grayson or Jason Todd. While Robin stands slack-jawed (repeatedly saying "wow!"), the two discuss the scrapbook.
[...]
Superman checks back with Batman in Adventures of Superman #440 for three pages. The meeting is made a bit edgier this time. Batman is in his Dark Knight persona, wondering where Superman is. "I don't like standing idle like this. Gotham is a garden that needs constant weeding". Batman doesn't bring Robin this time and he is abrupt with Superman ("As usual, your humor eludes me, Superman.").

As to the scrapbook, Batman says that he wasn't able to come up with anything except, "the only absolute fact I was able to glean from the thing ... is that you're Clark Kent". Humorously, Superman's first thought is "Maybe I should have enlisted the help of the world's *second* greatest detective!" Batman adds that as a matter of "professional courtesy" he won't reveal Superman's dual identity to anyone.

Superman shows that there are some brains with the muscles when he replies, "Oh, I'm quite sure you won't do that ... Mr. Wayne." Batman almost slips off his batrope as he thinks, "and to think I took all that effort to line my cowl with lead foil."

(quoted from Superman & Batman: World's Finest Team - Part 1 (of 3) by Sean Hogan)

Reading this summary confused me a bit. Both the Unofficial Guide to the DCU site as well as the Unofficial Chronology Site put this in present day, and make the Robin Jason Todd. Thus Batman didn't know Superman's identity until Year Seven (in the ultra compressed "official" DC timeline that seems to have a bizarre "10 years rule" ever more compressing events as time goes on) or even Year Nine (in the timeline constructed by the Unofficial Chronology Site, which attempts to be consistent wrt to actual events unlike the SF&O timelines), which is the year Jason becomes Robin.

While this is consistent with Legends of the DC Universe #6 which tells of the first meeting of Dick Grayson with Superman (and it isn't that scrapbook case), somehow I always imagined them finding out about each other much earlier. I vaguely remember reading stories set before Batman teamed up with the first Robin, where he still knew of Superman's identity. Right now I can only find ones which aren't all that central to other continuity and probably weigh less heavy, e.g. LotDK #24-26, Flyer, a story set explicitly 18 months after his debut as Batman, when he refers to Superman as Clark (LotDK #24 p.17), which I didn't even read until recently, yet I thought they learned each of other's identities early on even before reading that. And I'm not sure to what extent the World's Finest mini-series from 1990 written by Dave Gibbons was intended as in continuity or as standalone, but reading that fit with my impression (which apparently I can't fully trace right now) that Batman and Superman found out each other's identities early, because there's also no Robin, yet they know each other.

Are there other versions that explore the identity thing further or retell the version from 1987? I haven't read the World's Finest twelve issue maxi-series, does that one maybe cover it? I'd really like to read relevant issues covering this more in-depth than the Adventures of Superman issue mentioned above seems to do, though I guess I'm going to look for it too. So if anyone has further reading suggestions and/or more insight into this, it would be much appreciated.

(Note: I first posted about this a while ago, but moments later noticed I'd overlooked things, so I deleted that post and reposted after having read more, just in case you saw the previous post appearing and then vanishing on your flist and wondered about it.)

o.O

Dec. 30th, 2003 00:02
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
Some things just have to be shared, like this cover scan from the promotion give-away "Superman meets the Quik Bunny" (the comic is from 1987). Somehow I find the combination disturbing.

the image... )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
For seemingly days now (okay it's just since late Saturday, it feels longer though) I've been seeing all these posts on my flist about Hereafter, more squee, and fic, and discussion than usual after a JL ep, and I can't participate yet, nor do I have any clue what the excitement is about (preferring to remain unspoiled, so please don't say). And worse, so far I haven't found an encode of the frelling episode online in the places I usually get the JL episodes. This sucks. I want to watch it too.

I did however get my comics on Saturday, except for the new Superman/Batman, that I thought was supposed to ship last week, but then again, that might be late everywhere. JLA/Avengers #3 was great, though I definitely need to reread it with some annotations, I didn't have a clue about many of the events that were referred to, especially those in Marvel continuity. I've also got an older comic (well slightly older, from 1998), a JLA Elseworld, The Nail (written and pencilled by Alan Davis, inked by Mark Farmer). It's no secret that I'm fond of AUs whether done by fans or by DC, so I have a soft spot for Elseworlds in general. I liked this one, and I have a couple of comments, unfortunately I'm going to lag behind with posting more indepth comic comments, both on the current issues as well as more on The Nail, (and probably blogging in general) due to obnoxious RL stuff that insists on intruding on my fannish time.

Still I wanted to mention that I'd love to see some fanfiction for The Nail Elseworld, in particular some that explores spoiler for what happened to Clark/Superman in this Elseworld )

icons

Nov. 21st, 2003 21:25
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
I've made some icons from the Elseworld comic Superman: Red Son (written by Mark Millar, pencils by Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett, inks by Andrew Robinson and Walden Wong). I've wanted to for some time now, because I just get a kick out of seeing Superman with a hammer and sickle symbol instead of his customary S. BTW, the comic, a three part prestige format Elseworld that I think is also available as a paperback (or will be soon) is quite good. At least I enjoyed reading it. But then I have a thing for AU stories.

As usual, comment if you'd like one, feel free to customize them yourself if you want, or ask me to add text, and I'll do my best. Credit would be nice, but if you usually don't do GIP posts, or list icon creators with your icons that's fine too.

1)(c) 2003 DC Comics / Superman: Red Son2)(c) 2003 DC Comics / Superman: Red Son
a few more behind the lj-cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
So I got my comic subscription this evening because tomorrow is a holiday, and I read some comics on my commute back. After I finished Supreme Power #3, and Superman: Birthright #4, I browsed through the Superman/Batman: Secret Files & Origins, and on one of the profile pages I read this: "he [Kon-El] recently discovered that he was cloned not only from the Man of Steel's D.N.A., but Lex Luthor's as well." I didn't know this. So it is canon that Clark and Lex have a kid together?!? Wow, who needs fanfic with canon like that? At least neither of the two was pregnant with Superboy -- small blessings I guess. Also the on-going Superman retcon seems to slowly coalesce into Lex and Clark meeting in Smallville even outside of the Birthright version, though the story with Lex at Smallville High is by Waid too, but after all it is included in a SF&O that's not connected to Birthright.

Also I still didn't get Batman: Tenses #2. :( When I asked this week, it turns out the issue did arrive last week after all but the shipment was damaged so they reordered. Whine.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
First, let me get the obligatory weather whine out of the way: weather whining in detail )

On a more positive note, this afternoon, when it was hot outside, and quite unbearable inside, I ventured out to get my comic subscriptions, and then spend a pleasant late afternoon sitting outside in the shade reading some of the comics. This week I got Superman/Batman #1, Superman Birthright #2, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #4, Detective Comics #785, Batman: Death and the Maidens #1, Batman Nevermore #5 (Elseworld), Supreme Power #1, Uncanny X-Men #429, Strangers in Paradise #59, and Paradise Too #14.

longer comments on Superman Birthright #2, Superman/Batman #1, and Supreme Power #1 )

More on the other comics later, probably.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
Today I got a copy of Legends of the DCU #6 (written by Kelley Puckett, pencils by Dave Taylor, inks by Kevin Nolan), a story about the first meeting between Dick (as Robin) and Superman, and it was fun to read. Not truly outstanding or anything, but certainly worth the €1 I paid. And it has some nice character bits.

The whole story is told from Dick's POV. Batman is out of town for the night (we aren't told the reason for that), and in the opening sequence Robin deals with a group of burglars, who underestimate him at first. Dick notes that if he had half of Batman's rep they'd scatter at the sight of him, but of course they don't. The only thing I found odd was that he lets them run rather than tying them up for the police. But anyway, that's not really central, since the Batsignal then goes on. It turns out that Gordon turned it on because Superman is in Gotham, tracking down a gang who has stolen an experimental e.m. pulse rifle from S.T.A.R. Labs, but Superman wants permission before he operates in Gotham (because, as Dick puts it "My permission? Oh right. Batman's got that... thing... about superman operating here."). So since Batman isn't there he asks Robin, who looks for Commissioner Gordon for reassurance. Then follows lots of action adventure stuff, and Robin clearly enjoys working with Superman. I liked Dick's reaction to Superman, he thinks Superman and his abilities are "cool" but he isn't intimidated. I also liked how Superman trusts Dick to be competent and goes with Dick's tactical suggestions.

Interwoven with the main story are flashbacks to the time when Robin hadn't met Superman yet, but heard about him on the news. I enjoyed those a lot. Like when Dick, after watching some news footage about Superman in Gotham, and clearly exited about Superman being there, asks Batman "I saw! On the news! He was here! So... was he... I mean... what's he like?" and Batman replies "Lightening. Thunder. He's not human, Dick. Never forget that." But still Dick stays up late reading Lois Lane's articles about Superman and actually sleeps with that article on his pillow (it's kind of cute, IMO). Especially since that flashback panel comes right after the current day panel in which Superman invites Robin to Metropolis.

And I have to say that Superman's costume looks really garish against the backdrop of Gotham, not at least because the colorist chose to make the red and yellow of Robin's costume darker and more subdued than the red and yellow of Superman's costume.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
Superman: Birthright is a maxi-series (written by Mark Waid, pencils by Leinil Francis Yu, inks by Gerry Alanguilan) that retells the origin story of Superman; I've seen its concept compared to the "Ultimates" version of Marvel characters. I picked it up not at least because I'm relatively unfamiliar with the previous incarnations of the origin story (like the Silver Age version or the post-Crisis revamp), so I'm not invested in (or even really aware of) any current continuity details, and thus not likely annoyed by Birthright just because it might do things differently. Also I liked Leinil Yu's art in the previews (and the art didn't disappoint, I like it very much in the comic as well).

And I enjoyed the first part. It starts with a look at Krypton's last moments and Kal-El's parents sending him to Earth, showing us how Jor and Lara struggle with the decision. There's some techno-babble explanation for why Krypton was destroyed too.

Then there is a splash double page showing some scenes of Clark in Smallville, that is the Kents finding him, Clark lifting a tractor as a little kid and jumping over the Barn, as well as images of Lex and (I assume) Lana. That made me wonder, whether this version is sticking with some of the choices Smallville made. It's not just the visual presence of Lex in the Smallville splash page (over than that the splash the childhood and teenage years are skipped over), also like in Smallville, in Birthright the Kents are relatively young, not more the age of grandparents like in previous versions.

Then I checked out the DC page for Birthright and an interview with Mark Waid, and it seems that in this version Clark and Lex met in Smallville and were friends before they become enemies, too. In that interview Mark Waid also says that there are reasons why we never knew this before, as well as there might be elements of Birthright incorporated into the regular Superman books. Heh, maybe soon it will be regular continuity that Lex and Clark were friends during a time in Smallville...

Anyway, the second half of the comic shows Clark as a young reporter, not yet at the Daily Planet, but currently working for the "Ghana Dispatch." In this version Clark left Smallville at 18 after high school to study abroad at various universities and has traveled a lot -- there's the following conversation: "[...] I'm adopted. Not sure where I came from other than it's... pretty far from Kansas." "So you're searching for that place?" "No. More trying to find...a place for me, maybe? And running out of places to look."

I like the Clark here, he's young, obviously already tries to save and protect people, but isn't sure yet of his path, and it's also unclear how much he knows about his origins. His mother put a "hologlyphic chronicling Krytonian history" in the ship, and he carries that with him, but Jor-El (at the beginning) said "Why? The language will be dead, Lara. He'll never be able to read it." I think at this point Clark still tries to decipher the Kryptonian, though he picks up languages quickly (at least Earth ones).

I can really recommend this issue, at least to anyone who isn't fundamentally opposed to having Superman's origin story revamped in the first place (as many seem to be from the comments I've seen on some boards). It is an intriguing opening to the series, I like the characterization and the the art is great.

I'll certainly pick up the next issue.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Batman (batman)
While I was supposed to fall asleep, yet didn't (normally not something I have a problem with, I'm definitely not an insomniac person) I thought about Nightwing and how he moves in three dimensions most of the time, even outside of fight scenes and such, and how at least some of the comics (as everything in comic canon it varies a bit) suggest that his mood is reflected in his movements, sort of a three dimensional and very agile sort of pacing. Like in Gotham Knights #26 (a part of Bruce Wayne: Murderer?) we see him walking on the top edges of Barbara's furniture, and later Tim (in the conversation they have while fighting some random bad guys when Dick has asked him to come for a walk) says something like "Don't you ever walk on the ground?" to which Dick replies "Not if I can help it."

Right now I don't remember any other specific examples where Dick's movements reflect his mood so directly, though that he has fun doing acrobatics, and uses every opportunity to move in interesting and non-standard ways is established more or less constantly. It's something I like a lot about the character.

Nightwing's moves (Dick's too, he also does this outside his superhero persona) are cool to look at, compared to example Superman's who, though he can fly (and thus potentially move easier in three dimensions), just mostly either floats or flies in a more or less straight line, precisely because he doesn't have to jump, somersault, or leap to get anywhere, so he doesn't have to move in this interesting, eye-candy way. And of course if you go with the Smallville version Clark was afraid of heights (I have no idea if this appears in the comics), so while he obviously got over this enough to fly around regularly as Superman, it's not surprising that he's not really comfortable above ground and doesn't take advantage of three dimensional movement except in an "elevator" kind of way. And okay, obviously Superman can always just super-speed, also he doesn't even need to dodge enemies, bullets or anything else, so he can afford to remain rather static, where the non-invulnerable superheroes can't.

Anyway, I think their different attitudes could also show up in interesting ways in Nightwing/Superman slash, especially if you go with the remnants of acrophobia for Clark, who in that case might show the same kind of exasperation with Dick as Tim in that regard. I mean, Tim clearly can move above ground quite well too (though not as proficient as Nightwing), he just seems to prefer to do such acrobatics only when necessary, and doesn't have Dick's preference for heights and precarious balance, either.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
For the most part my DC reading is confined to Blüdhaven and Gotham. Blüdhaven has criminals and the occasional psycho, Gotham has lots of psychos as well as its share of regular criminals, but the cosmic power struggles are mostly absent, or rather happening elsewhere. Still, some overlap with the rest of the DC universe is inevitable and there aliens, energy beings, time manipulations, cosmic incidents and the like run rampant. And I'm wondering if there's any kind of system to the aliens that made some kind of contact with earth in the DCU, or, like, consequences of these contacts beyond the odd superpowered (half-) alien and some (near) apocalypse or dropped off death machine every now and then.

Okay, there's Superman from Krypton, and since that planet's been destroyed it's understandable that there isn't much contact or further consequences (except for evil AIs and such, of course). But it's not like he's the only alien running (or flying) around on the DCU earth. I have no idea which aliens were the first ones humans in the DCU encountered, or since when they know they're not alone, but in the present day there are plenty of aliens, and they don't seem to have to hide. I guess when you already have Atlanteans and descendents of Greek Gods running around aliens don't really make a difference anymore, but still...

You have anything from kids that are the half-alien genetic experiment for an invasion force (or something like that, I mean Argent), to fugitive alien princesses now working as supermodels (i.e. Koriand'r), to the alien "Mr. Mind" worm, and I'm not even reading the titles that really have all kinds of aliens in them, like the Legion series. And I wouldn't have a problem with that, except that there doesn't seem to be any system to this beyond the convenient use of the "alien" explanation as a deus ex machina plot device for all sorts of things. I just can't help my impression that the DC first contact scenarios are about as well thought out as the DCU timeline continuity, which is not very.

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