10 Superman Comics Fans Want To Forget

Superman is one of the most iconic characters in comic book history. The character is arguably one of the greatest pop culture creations of the 20th century, descended from the epic heroes of yesteryear like Gilgamesh and Hercules. For years, he’s been on epic adventures battling the most dangerous foes in the DC Multiverse, thrilling generations of fans.

Over the years there have been some incredible Superman stories that every fan of the character should read. However, not all are winners. In fact, there are plenty of bad Superman stories that fans wish would go away forever.

10 Superman: The Truth Saw The Man Of Steel Revealing His Identity

Brian Michael Bendis’ career in Superman Y Action Comics had a very mixed reaction from fans. However, it was the culmination of his career in Superman, “The Truth,” with artist Ivan Reis, the one that earned him the ire of most Superman fans. In this comic, Superman revealed his secret identity to the world, fundamentally changing the Superman mythos forever.

Although the reasoning was apparently pretty solid, a fairly large section of the Superman fandom hates this story with a passion. It’s honestly quite unnerving as it doesn’t change the character too much. Apparently, some people were very attached to the aspect of Superman’s secret identity.

9 Superman: At Earth’s End Is Widely Regarded As One Of The Worst Elseworlds Stories1650509899 31 10 Superman Comics Fans Want To Forget.webp

DC’s old Elseworlds stories are full of gems for the discerning reader, but there are some that are pretty awful. One of them is Superman: At Earth’s End, by writer Tom Veitch and artist Frank Gomez. Starring a nearly powerless Superman battling twin clones of Adolf Hitler in the distant future, it takes everything bad about dystopian future stories and ’90s aesthetics and ties them together.

There are some amazing Superman Elseworlds stories, but this is definitely not one of them. While it’s full of “so bad it’s funny” moments, it’s not exactly a story any fan of the character would want preserved so that future generations could learn about Superman.

8 Justice League #12 Kickstarted The New 52’s Relationship Between Superman And Wonder Woman1650509900 347 10 Superman Comics Fans Want To Forget.webp

Although the Justice League number 12, by writer Geoff Johns and artist Geoff Johns, it’s not a Superman comic, it counts as a Superman story because it focuses on the Man of Steel. The other focus of the book is Wonder Woman, and this is the comic that puts the two together in a romantic relationship. The problem with the story is that it’s basically a playground-level shipment.

Although a relationship between the two may make sense, as seen in kingdomcome, he doesn’t have it when Lois Lane is alive. The New 52 was full of Superman mistakes, and while this wasn’t the most egregious, it did show a fundamental misunderstanding of who both characters were as people.

7 Superman: Year One Was DC’s Attempt To Recapture Frank Miller’s Old Spark1650509900 158 10 Superman Comics Fans Want To Forget.webp

Frank Miller helped redefine modern DC as fans know it, but his writing of Superman has never been very good. The writer/artist has an apparent contempt for the character, which shows every time he writes the Man of Steel. Therefore, it was strange that DC allowed him to remake the origin of Superman in the Black Label book. Superman:Year One, with art by John Romita Jr.

Miller’s choices in the story are just bizarre, and while Romita Jr.’s art is fantastic, as always, the script isn’t up to snuff. Frank Miller’s modern writing oscillates between the problematic and the forgettable, and this is one that veers more into forgettable territory than anything else.

6 Superman: For Tomorrow Had A Top-Rated Creative Team, But It Was A Complete Dud1650509900 192 10 Superman Comics Fans Want To Forget.webp

Following the success of “Hush,” DC announced that Jim Lee would draw Superman. Accompanied by superstar writer Brian Azzarello, the resulting story, Superman: For Tomorrow, it failed to make an impact in the same way as “Hush”. The problem with the story, which began after Superman had done something to turn the world against him, lay in the opacity with which it was written.

Readers ended up finding out that Superman was accidentally responsible for a Rapture-like event, created by him to save humanity in the event of an extinction-level event, but the way the mystery was structured made the whole thing feel bad, at best. Add to this one of the strangest interpretations of Superman’s iconic foe, General Zod, and the story angered fans.

5 Superman #123 Introduced Electric Powers To Superman1650509900 348 10 Superman Comics Fans Want To Forget.webp

’90s DC was all about doing new things with its icons. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. Superman #123, by writer Dan Jurgens and artist Ron Frenz, represents one of those times that didn’t work out. This issue introduced what fans would call Electric Blue Superman to the mix, changing Superman’s powers quite drastically and giving him a new costume.

Although the change can be good, transforming Superman into a being of energy with new powers was too big a step for fans. While creators like writer Grant Morrison knew how to use this new Superman effectively, most didn’t and it remains a frustrating period in Superman history.

4 Superman Red/Superman Blue #1 Compounded The Madness Of The Electric Superman Years1650509901 17 10 Superman Comics Fans Want To Forget.webp

In the Silver Age, there was an imaginary Superman story, basically an Elseworlds/alternate universe story, where Superman was split in two. These two supermen, called Superman Red and Superman Blue, solved all the world’s problems and killed Lana Lang and Lois Lane. For whatever reason, the creators of Superman in the late ’90s thought that retelling this story was a good idea.

Superman Red/Superman Blue #1, by writer Dan Jurgens and artist Stuart Immonen, used Superman’s energetic powers to bring this concept back to life, and hardly anyone was happy. Fans didn’t like the Electric Blue Superman anymore, and this story made it even worse.

3 Superman: What Price Tomorrow Is Hated More For What It Represented Than What It Was1650509901 674 10 Superman Comics Fans Want To Forget.webp

George Pérez is one of the most influential and beloved creators of modern comics. When it was announced that he would write and draw the book of Superman of the New 52, ​​fans suffered paroxysms of joy. While the resulting story, “What Price Tomorrow,” in which Perez teamed up with artist Nicola Scott, wasn’t bad, it has a darker place in DC history.

Calling the early days of the New 52 chaotic behind the scenes is an understatement, and Pérez fell victim to it. Forced to drop the book by DC’s publisher, it would be one of the last times Perez worked on a Superman book, and he left fans with a bad taste in their mouths for DC’s treatment of an icon.

2 Superman: Doomed Was Pretty Ridiculous1650509901 217 10 Superman Comics Fans Want To Forget.webp

For the most part, the New 52 were not kind to the Man of Steel, and Superman: Doom is an example of it. Written by Greg Pak, Charles Soule, Scott Lobdell, and Tony Bedard, with art by Tony S. Daniel, Aaron Kuder, and Ken Lashley, the comic saw Superman infected by a virus that turned him into Doomsday. It was an odd narrative choice that seemed to exist just for the visual appeal of SuperDoom, as the amalgamation was called, and that’s it.

The story itself was long and exhausting, and most fans abandoned it before the end. This was a constant problem with the New 52, ​​taking old ideas from better creators – like the Doomsday virus came from All-Star Superman- and they adapted them in a terrible way.

1 Superman: Grounded was an interesting premise that fell apart in execution1650509902 657 10 Superman Comics Fans Want To Forget.webp

The stage of screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski in Superman It didn’t go as well as everyone thought. Superman: Grounded, in which Straczynski was joined by screenwriter Chris Roberson and artist Eddy Burrows, he was to return Superman to his roots as he toured America. It was a great idea, but the problem came in the story itself.

Superman is the consummate model of the DC Universe, and while this story was supposed to bring it out, it never did. In fact, Superman refused to use his powers at times when he was supposed to. Straczynski would drop the book before the story was finished, and everyone was disappointed.

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10 Superman Comics Fans Want To Forget


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