It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s the new Superman: dark and brooding with glowering – and eerily glowing – eyes.
A brand new 130-page graphic novel, released Wednesday to comic book shops by DC Comics, turns the famous Man of Steel comic book character into a darker, more menacing, angrier and more self-conscious “superhero” than any previous incarnation of Superman.
“What would happen if the origin of The Man of Tomorrow were introduced today for the very first time? Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth’s favorite adopted son as he grows from boy to Superman like you’ve never seen before,” said promotional material from DC Comics describing the book.
Gone is the Superman of yesteryear and “Truth, Justice and the American Way” – the motto for the seventy-plus-year-old franchise. This Superman has been “re-envisioned” as a scowling, 20-year-old alienated youth, dressed in a hoodie sweatshirt, with eyes ablaze.
The new dark artwork represents a conscious change, according to DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio.
“(W)e needed to make him hip, moody and sexy in order to really appeal to who are really wanting to read novels with our characters,” DiDio told the Associated Press.
The story, which was written by noted sci-fi writer J. Michael Straczynski, still finds the young Clark Kent, newly graduated from Smallville Junior College, going to Metropolis, still going to work for the Daily Planet, and still fighting villains, but this Kent focuses more on asking existential questions like –“Where do I come from? What am I doing here? Who am I? What am I?”
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