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'I have long pointed to the Green Lantern Corps as the definitive example of what I consider one of the chief problems with DC Comics -- what I have dubbed the "de-uniquing" of characters. Got a cool character like Superman? Well then, let's give the identical powers to a girl, a dog, a horse, a monkey, a cat, a few billion bottled Kryptonians... Think Batman is neat? Then you're gonna love it when we attach the same schtick to a woman, two girls, a dog, and even some people from different time periods -- oh, yeah, and his Dad! This kind of thinking really reached its zenith with the GLC. Think Hal Jordan is the bee's knees? Well -- there's, like, 3500 of him!' - John Byrne

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'It wasn't until the balance tipped and the influx of fans-turned-pro brought their numbers higher than the Old Pros that we began to see profound changes in Batman's character. The fan mantra of "He'd have to be crazy to do what he does" became actual policy, and "The World's Greatest Detective" became "The Most Dangerous Man on Earth." Wolverine in bat-ears. (Yes, Marvel's unexpected breakout star was shaping how ALL the characters were portrayed.) Writers and editors with soft, cushy, well-paid lives began to live vicariously thru Batman (and others) and "grim and gritty" took over.' - John Byrne

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'The "insane" -- ie, foaming at the mouth -- Joker is definitely far, far off-model from the correct portrayal of the character. The real Joker was able to keep Batman guessing because he was smart and ruthless, not because he was crazy. The latter is a lot like saying a drunk driver would have the best chance of winning at the Indy 500!'- John Byrne

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"At the canny request of Executive Editor Mike Carlin, G2 expands its mandate and studies the lives and time of some of the other characters who inhabited the DC Universe over the same years as our two stars." - John Byrne

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'I did not want to fall into the trap into which so many have stumbled when trying to recapture the "feel" of those stories. In other words, I did not want "goofy" to become "stupid". The guys who wrote those Silver Age stories took them seriously, and that was how I approached my version. The intent was not to say "Hey! Look how silly this stuff was!"' - John Byrne

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'It remains a frustration to hear GENERATIONS referred to as an "Elseworld" story. DC put the ELSEWORLD bullet on the covers against my wishes. The whole thing was an IMAGINARY STORY, as declared in the logo. And it was important that it was "imaginary". The whole notion of including so many of the continuity lapses from the old books (Superboy can fly, early Superman can't, etc) simply doesn't work if it's an "Elseworld". And, of course rub salt in the wound they even included a scene from GENERATIONS in the montage that introduced "hypertime". GAH!!!' - John Byrne

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"Another small conceit shaped GENERATIONS, however, beyond the notion of exploring what might happen to super-heroes and their friends if they aged in 'real time.' Each 'chapter' of G1 attempted to capture something of the tone of the decades in which those stories might have been published - the goofiness of many comics in the '50s for instance, or the 'grim and gritty' milieu of the '80s." - John Byrne

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"If your ideas go into wilder, Mort Weisinger/psycho-dramatic areas, it gets more difficult for an average, overworked editor to recognize the subversion (if you can call his pacifism 'subversion'), even though it’s right there in front of their face. And, on top of that, no one really gave two shits about Superman comicbooks back in, what was it, 2003…? Ah, the good ol’ days…" -- Joe Casey

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"The whole concept of fight scenes in superhero comics has become pretty fuckin’ impotent as a device to propel or advance a story. For me, it’s because the stakes involved are usually either dramatically nonexistent or so esoteric that they end up meaning nothing to the reader because they can’t relate to the overriding conflict involved (Iron Man fights Captain America. The Marvel Universe fights Skrulls. Avengers fight X-Men. The Flash fights an Elseworlds reality. The DC Universe fights its own continuity. Blah, blah, fuckin’-blah… another verse, same as the first)." -- Joe Casey

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"There are certain editors you work with where you end up playing that game of, basically, writing over their heads… and for me, that was never more true than my last year on Superman." -- Joe Casey

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In the comments for [personal profile] starwolf_oakley's SAVIOR 28 posts, I had an interesting conversation with some others about the feasibility of superhero stories where the lead is a pacifist, where they consistently win without having to use violence.

That put me in my mind of Joe Casey and Derec Aucoin's final year on ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN in the early oughties, in which Casey wrote Superman as a pacifist. In this whole run, Superman never throws so much as a single punch. I would say that it shows that, yes, it's perfectly feasible to do pacifist superhero stories.



That said, the first issue of the run isn't really a good illustration of that. It's... an odd one. But it's where I'll start for the sake of completeness.

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"I’ll always write a pacifist Superman. That’s just how I see him." -- Joe Casey

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In a B plot about family pride, New Super-Man does New Battle for the Cowl! Also, everything is a Hogwarts AU, even the Justice League.

Plus, I-Ching is right where he wants to be in life. Check it!

Writer: Gene Luen Yang
Art: Richard Friend, Viktor Bogdanovic

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In his best issue yet (maybe one of DC's Top 5 last week), Kenan Kong gets a neat, version-exclusive power gimmick!

Plus, Super-Man resembling "'Wonder' Years" Tim Drake, and Bat-Man resembling Bob's Burgers' Gene Belcher. Check it!

Writer: Gene Luen Yang
Art: Richard Friend, Viktor Bogdanovic

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"Boys, you know how you weren't in trouble for wrecking Mister Wayne's Batcave? Well, that may no longer be as true as it was a few minutes ago."
Also, fun with Alfred and brick jokes. Check it!
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Writers: Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Artists: Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason, and Jorge Jimenez


And now, a highlight of the past three Superman comics!

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