So that Superman: Earth One write-up I talked about has been published: “Olsen is Superman’s bromantic superfriend and Lois wanks in from the sidelines.” (Fun fact: I actually do not come up with the titles.) I’m just really disappointed here, since in writing Spider-Man JMS did a lot of work in elevating the Peter/MJ
relationship marriage. Here, all that creative energy goes into fucking Jimmy Olsen.
I might’ve gone a little crazy with the scans, but it’s important to get across that that’s pretty much the sum total of Lois’s involvement in the story. There’s a difference between saying that Lois is a background character in a Jimmy Olsen story and showing that most of her dialogue is “What’re we gonna do, Jim Olsen?” But here’s one insanely writerly scan I left out. From a not-at-all-cliche public sampling of opinions on Superman…
I love that. “How do I show people are nervous about Superman? I know, I’ll have someone point out that Nazis also called themselves supermen! JMS, you’ve done it again!”
And this is more of an inside baseball criticism, but if you’re going to have someone responsible for destroying Krypton, shouldn’t it be Darkseid? Since he’s unofficially a member of Superman’s rogue’s gallery, you might as well give the two a reason for not liking each other besides “He’s the most powerful superhero, he’s the most powerful supervillain, fight!” By that rationale, in the Marvel universe, Hulk and Thanos should be arch-enemies.