What the Hell Did Superman Just Do to the DC Comics Universe?



Image: DC Comics. Cover Art by Gary Frank and Brad Anderson.

The ongoing saga of post-Rebirth Superman culminated this week in the final part of “Superman Reborn” in the pages of Action Comics. It didn’t just forever solve the tale of two Clark Kents though—it had some extremely big ramifications for the whole of the DC Universe.



The release of Action Comics #976—by Dan Jurgens, Doug Mahnke, Jamie Mendoza, Christian Alamy, Trevor Scott, Wil Quintana, and Rob Leigh—this week pretty much picks up directly where Superman #19 left off. Which means we’re still in Mr. Mxyzptlk’s interdimensional limbo, and the ghostly red energy of the New 52 Superman and Lois Lane just merged into the bodies of their Pre-New-52 counterparts, bringing them back to life… and bringing their own memories of the New 52 back, meaning that neither of them know who Jon Kent is.



Oh dear.

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Jon’s grief at the thought that his parents have been replaced by a Superman and Lois Lane who don’t know him at all plays throughout the issue, as Mxyzptlk’s bizarre limbo starts breaking down around the Kents—and the fifth dimensional imp keeps cackling on about how the return of the New 52 Superman is an event that will be noticed by a mysterious “him” left to the reader’s imagination.

All hope for Jon getting his parents back seems lost, until he recognizes that the two mysterious orbs of energy from the last issue, which he used to inadvertently resurrect the New 52 Clark and Lois, are still there… and now they’re glowing blue, the same energy field that glowed around his parents when they entered Mxyzptlk’s limbo. The two orbs transform into ghostly figures, and Jon recognizes that they’re the essences of his parents, just as the red forms were the essences of the New 52 Superman and Lois.



The young boy uses the energy of his parent’s essences to blast Mxyzptlk back, and eventually merge the two ghosts with the New 52 Clark and Lois. This time, there isn’t an expulsion of energy. It’s an integration. There are no longer two Supermen and two Lois Lanes, separated by being from different universes.

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There is only one of each, a melding of both realities into single characters, characters who remember the events of both the pre-Flashpoint DC universe and the events lived by the New 52 rebooted counterparts. Jon gets his parents back, but they’re something more now.



But it’s not just the Kents who are affected by this mishmash of realities. As we go on to learn, thanks to the mysterious Mr. Oz—that other mysterious interdimensional wanderer that’s been slumming around the DC Rebirth comics with talk of big plans for the fates of Superman and the wider cosmos of existence—in order to accommodate for the existence of a Superman and Lois who remember both the Pre-Flashpoint DC universe and the New 52 rebooted one, the people they know, and the events they’ve impacted upon, have to be cosmically shuffled to refit.

Essentially, around Superman and the many lives he’s touched, the fabric of reality itself has been re-written. The DC universe is no longer the New 52 one, but a hybrid of both it and the Post-Crisis, Pre-Flashpoint one. “A new, existence-wide, single reality, rebuilt from two,” as Oz intones.



This obviously has ramifications—monumental ones—that stretch far beyond the lives of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. We have yet to see the evidence of it in the wider DC Comics roster, but this is essentially a brand new DC Universe. Moments from before the New 52 reboot in now exist again, alongside the events of the New 52 universe itself.

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This is so out of nowhere that I feel like I might have gone slightly insane reading this comic book. DC doesn’t just up and create a whole new universe for its comics without a fanfare. But this has to affect more than just Superman and Lois’ lives, right? If it is as Oz says, this is a brand new reality, and we don’t know what’s completely happened beyond these pages, what other characters now retain from their pre-New 52 existence. But this is big. And it’s not just Oz who’s paid attention to what’s happened to the Kent family. Someone else might have something to say about the Man of Steel just casually rewriting the DC cosmic.



That someone appears to be on Mars. Sitting on the Red Planet, contemplating the vagaries of existence. The person allegedly behind the whole mystery of the New 52 universe “stealing” a decade from existence when it was born.



You know the one. That guy. Maybe it’s time for Dr. Manhattan’s true intentions to start being revealed.

From: http://io9.gizmodo.com/what-the-hell-did-superman-just-do-to-the-dc-comics-uni-1793581331

Action Comics Presents The End of The New 52 As We Know It – CBR

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for “Action Comics” #976 by Dan Jurgens, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, and Wil Quintana


The conclusion of the Superman-centric crossover story arc “Superman Reborn” has arrived in “Action Comics” #976, bringing with it some massive changes to the Man of Steel’s status quo in the past, present and future, as well as some shocking clues for the what to expect from the post-“Rebirth” DC Universe.

Identity Crisis

Picking right up from last week’s “Superman” #19, we learn that Clark’s efforts to rescue his son from Mr. Mxyzptlk’s trap have transformed both he and Lois back into their “New 52” incarnations, and unsurprisingly, those changes weren’t just cosmetic in nature. The Clark and Lois on the page, meeting Jon, are literally the resurrected versions of Clark and Lois from the main continuity of the New 52 — meaning they have no recollection of ever having been in a relationship, much less being married and having a son.

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In case you need a refresher, this Clark (which is to say, the New 52 Clark) was killed just before the start of Rebirth in an event called, appropriately, “The Final Days of Superman.” Similarly, New 52 Lois was killed immediately after the start of Rebirth, in “Superwoman” #1, leaving the only active Superman and Lois Lane in the Rebirth line the married pair who were shifted to the Rebirth universe with their son, Jon, from the formerly alternate pre-Flashpoint universe. Since Rebirth began, this version of Clark and Lois have slotted into the vacancies left by their dead counterparts with only a few minor hiccups, including gaining the trust Batman, figuring out how to fit in at the new Daily Planet, etc.

If you think that sounds a little morbid and a little, well, tricky to keep track of, you wouldn’t be wrong. The dissonance found in knowing Clark and Lois have been existing in Rebirth, literally replacing people’s dead friends and coworkers, has been a pretty common off-and-on thematic undercurrent in nearly all the main Super-family titles. But now, it would seem, the coin has been flipped and the replace-ers have become the replace-ees — that is, at least, until Jon gets to have his say in the matter.

Puppet Masters

New 52 Superman is understandably confused and enraged to have been dragged back into being by an imp from the 5th Dimension that he’s never met, with a coworker he only barely associates with, and a child claiming to be his and said coworker’s son. Clark rounds on Mxy, only to be met with typical Mxyzptlk rejoinders, questioning the nature of his reality and identity, claiming that any real answers he provides Clark will be met with trouble.

More specifically, trouble from “him.” Mxy claims that if he explains any of what’s going on beyond the confines of his own little extra-dimensional game, he’s going to attract some unwelcome attention from the person responsible for this whole universe-twisting debacle in the first place.

He doesn’t offer any more hints about this mysterious entity’s identity, so it’s unclear if he’s talking about Mr. Oz or another party, but whoever it is, Mxy is clearly desperately afraid of him — a fact that’s as concerning as it is interesting, given Mxy’s continuous meta-commentary on the very nature of the DC Universe from a perspective that feels almost editorial in nature.

As it happens, Mxyzptlk’s pseudo-editorial jabs were only the tip of the meta-ice burg.

The Children Are The Future

In his desperation, Jon is able to make contact with a set of strange blue lights, similar to the red lights he interacted with upon his teleportation into Mxy’s game. As he tries to speak with them, they slowly take more humanoid shapes and reveal themselves to be none other than the “echoes” of his parents, apparently reaching out from beyond whatever extra-dimensional limbo they’ve been caught in.

The light “remnants” of Jon’s Clark and Lois are able to bestow power in their son to help them “become whole again.” These powers allow Jon to not only genuinely hurt Mxyzptlk, but also fuse their remnants with their New 52 counterparts.

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Which, of course, is exactly what he does. After forcing Mxy into a hasty retreat, Jon turns his attention back to his parents to, well, “fix” them.

The two sets of Clark and Lois are merged into one, a shockingly literal move to apparently begin to “delete” all vestiges of New 52 from continuity. The merging prompts a complete reconstruction of their history, apparently overwriting nearly everything that happened between 2011 and 2016, or at least somehow combining that with the experiences of Jon’s parents.

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In Mr. Oz’s words, Jon has “realigned (…) the memories and experiences of all (…) so it all fits,” but the specifics are still a bit vague. A double-page spread hits the highlights of the new status quo in a sort of timeline — everything from Clark’s origin story, to Ma and Pa Kent, to “The Death of Superman” and Jon’s own birth — but doesn’t explicitly explain how this new history affects the rest of the DCU. The idea is, clearly, that at some point, everyone will suddenly have their memories altered right along with the Kents and their friends (“everything solidified, locked into place”), but that poses more than a few complications for characters who have yet to have their own New 52 stories modified in ways that fit into the new (old?) past.

With the imminent arrival of April’s “Batman” and ”Flash” crossover “The Button,” it seems all the more probable that we are going to see similar efforts to delete and re-write the New 52 history for the rest of DC’s major characters in the coming months. After all, DC is certainly no stranger to the merging and re-aligning of multiple continuities, even if taking it on a character-by-character basis is a different approach to the endeavor.

Regardless of how it transpires, the message is clear: the New 52 as we know it is done for.

The Manhattan Project

As the dust settles, the newly restored Clark proclaims “I’m back. We’re back, and everything is going to be fine,” a statement which begs the question: Will it?

Mr. Oz doesn’t seem to think so.

The very last page of the issue is focused entirely on Oz as he watches from a distance (in his mysterious, decidedly Ozymandias-esque viewing room) and wonders if Superman actually gets the final say here, or if “he” (meaning the mastermind behind everything) does.

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This narration takes place over a slow zoom to Mars, yet another piece of evidence to add to the growing pile in support of the “Dr. Manhattan caused the New 52” theories that have been swirling around since “DC Universe: Rebirth” #1. Perhaps more troubling, if it is indeed Manhattan who has been pulling the strings, these panels seem to imply that he’s located within the main universe of “Rebirth” rather than somewhere beyond it; camping out in the solar system, just a hop-skip-and-jump away from Earth.

If “he” — Dr. Manhattan or otherwise — really is that close to home, it would seem a counter offensive is bound to happen sooner rather than later. And with Jon’s new ability to “heal” the fractured universe unlikely to just fade away, it’s all the more likely that Superboy will find himself a major target in days to come.

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Reading List: The Ten Essential Superman Comics

 

Created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman is the most iconic superhero in the world, and he’s loved by millions — but he’s not necessarily the easiest character to get to grips with if you haven’t been exposed to the right material. Even as a massive Superman fan, I’ll admit that it can be a bit hard for some readers to wrap their heads around exactly why he’s so great and why he matters so much. We’ve put together a list of the ten essential Superman stories for any reader looking to dive into Superman fandom.

Superman is easily my favorite comic book character, and the reason I love him is because of the example he sets for humanity. The stories in our list all follow a general theme that focuses on the character’s inherent goodness and inspirational qualities, so you won’t find any dark alternate reality tales like Injustice: Gods Among Us and Superman: Red SonThat’s not a knock on those stories; they do provide insight into the character in their own way. They just aren’t as essential as the stories featured in our list.

I’ve placed these stories in order, counting down to the one that I think is best, but they’re each going to be someone’s favorite. Think of this list as recommended reading for any fans interested in the character; any of these comics would be a great place to begin.

Find the story that appeals the most to you, and get acquainted with the wonderful world of Superman. You’re very welcome here.

 

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DC’s New 52 Superman is BACK (We Think)

NOTE: This article contains SPOILERS for Superman #19

For all the success of the DC Comics Rebirth, there’s one truth impossible to overlook: the boost in sales, readership, and enthusiasm came with a heavy price tag. And chief among the changes leading to the Rebirth and the return of the Post-Crisis Superman was the death of New 52 Superman. The modern incarnation of the character hadn’t been quite as much of a hit as his predecessor, which lead many to view his death as DC giving older fans what they wanted, returning the older Superman and his wife, Lois Lane, and their son, Jonathan Kent. To add evidence to their claim, the New 52 Lois Lane was killed too, after receiving her powers from the dying Superman.

As it turns out, DC has a much larger story in mind for those versions of the characters. One that is tied into the very heart of the Rebirth and its blue, glowing, Watchmen-based architect. The first big twist may have been dropped with when the cover of Action Comics #976 revealed both the New 52 Superman and the one that replaced him taking flight together, but we now know the possible explanation. There are still secrets to be spilled in “Superman: Reborn” but it’s time to hop on the story arc, Super fans – because DC may have just returned the New 52 Superman to the current DC Universe.

Keeping Up With Mxyzptlk

Superman Rebirth Mxyzptlk Explained DCs New 52 Superman is BACK (We Think)

We say “may” because the entire story has gotten more and more ludicrous and unpredictable the closer we’ve gotten to answers. Remember that de-powered version of Clark Kent stalking Lois Lane? It turns out that’s been classic Superman enemy Mr. Mxyzptlk the whole time (the fifth dimensional imp known for his trickery and games). Apparently, old Mxy was captured and help captive by the same mysterious ‘Mr. Oz’ who’s been pulling the strings behind the Rebirth universe – kidnapping Tim Drake, and another Doomsday, among others. Believing Superman would rescue him before long, Mxy was forced to finally realize that the Man of Steel wasn’t a friend after all. He managed to blast his way out of Mr. Oz’s prison and back into the world, but could only escape his jailer if he convinced the world – himself included – that he was everyday Clark Kent.

But with Jonathan Kent now in his custody and a bone to pick with Superman, Mxy has taken his game to another level. First, he wipes Lois’s memory of her marriage to Clark Kent, or their son. Next, he plants Jonathan at the very top of a strange, fifth-dimensional skyscraper and challenges Superman to make it through his nonsensical nightmare and retrieve his son. Mxy isn’t volunteering to answer the questions of Superman or the reader, casually referring to the days prior to the death of the New Superman, when the older Superman was shown to be watching from the shadows prepared to lend assistance if it was needed. According to Mxy, the bond between this older and younger man from two (presumed) different dimensions has been misunderstood.

Was the original Superman “split” to make two versions? It’s a new idea for the New 52 and the Rebirth, but it’s just the beginning of weird happenings in Superman #19.

Jonathan Kent Learns The Truth

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It’s Jonathan who makes the actual discovery of the fates of both the Superman and Lois Lane of the New 52. As a brief reminder, neither actually died in a traditional sense. Instead, they erupted in a burst of red energy that reduced them to ashes. So it may not be too shocking when Jonathan – hovering in a state of limbo in Mxypltzk’s game – witnesses two balls of red energy that fly towards him and stop, seeming to communicate. By presenting photos, the balls of energy reveal that they are Clark Kent and Lois Lane… the New 52 versions, not Jonathan’s parents currently seeking him out. Not one to get hung up on the details, Jonathan senses their power, and requests their help in communicating with his parents. And by ‘communicating,’ we mean blasting him out of whatever prison Mxy has left him in so his parents won’t have to fight their way to him alone.

As Superman succeeds in smashing his way through Mxy’s game with the motivation only a child in jeopardy can offer, the imp changes the rules. He’s determined to wipe Superman and Lois’s memory of their son and have the final laugh… but that honor goes to Jonathan. Begging his new friends to help him escape, the detonation of red energy that breaks Jonathan free of Mxy’s labyrinth into full view of his parents also sends the reality itself crumbling. Mxyzptlk is stunned and infuriated, but Jonathan has never been happier. Because he now stands beside his mother and father… possibly a different version, but a reunion of the family, all the same.

New 52 Superman Returns?

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The issue ends with the New 52 Superman, in full, collared costume returned in all his glory. In one arm he holds Lois Lane, and Jonathan in the other. What makes this shocking reveal – the return of the presumed dead New 52 Superman – so powerful is that it’s not quite clear just what’s occurred. Has the New 52 Superman taken physical form out of his energetic one alongside his Lois Lane? That is, are Jonathan’ parents safely standing out of the panel, brought face to face with the doppelgangers they watched from the shadows in the years since the New 52 relaunch? Or, in a more unexpected twist, has the release of energy brought some essence of those New 52 versions to reshape his own parents?

Jonathan’s quivering, questioning reference to them as his parents confirms that even he isn’t sure just yet, so fans don’t need to obsess over the outcomes. What matters most is that, after months of being presumed dead to make way for a more popular rendition, the New 52 Superman is back… we think. Even if it’s just his essence, his costume, or his willingness to help a boy in need. And that’s a start.

What do you Superman fans think of the bombshell (that was teased without context already)? Are you thrilled with the very idea that the New 52 Superman’s death was never just what it seemed? Or are you suspicious that some other plan or strategy is in play? Let us know your own theories in the comments, and stay tuned as “Superman Reborn” delivers its next twist.

NEXT: DC Reveals Superman’s New Suit

Superman #19 is available now.

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Comic Legends: Did Superman Almost Get a New ‘S’?

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and nineteenth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

Click here for Part 1 of this week’s legends.

COMIC LEGEND:

Superman was going to have a new S in “All Star Superman”

STATUS:

True

Many moons ago, reader Renato P. wrote in to ask:

In “All-Star Superman,” I heard a rumor that the “S” insignia was to get a whole new look for the series, but later on they decided to go back to the traditional insignia we all know and the pages where the new “S” on his chest appeared had to be all redrawn. What I don´t know is……when this process took place? is there any issue out with the S they first intended? I can´t seem to find any information on the internet about this….they´re very scarce.

Well, better late than never, Renato!

Here, from the “Wizard: The Magazine” preview for “All Star Superman” #1, are a few different drawings of the new Superman “S” insignia…

And here, from the published comic book, is how the “S” looked like when they “fixed” it…

Here, from a great Frank Quietly interview with Seb Patrick at Den of Geek, is why the change was made and why it was changed back:

The reason behind the simplified insignia was Grant – he’d wanted to simplify the Superman “S” slightly, and asked me to increase the size of the “S” within the shield so that there’d be no other bits of yellow aside from two small “tadpole” shapes. And I daresay if I’d pressed Grant, I would have got some philosophical rant, but I didn’t! So I showed him what I’d come up with and it was exactly the same as he had in his notebook.

The reason it was changed back was because the film was coming out at the time, and I’m not absolutely sure, but I think it was a decision that came from Warner Bros. rather than DC – it was one of those things where a new movie was coming out, and they didn’t want some kind of distraction in the press along the lines of there being a “new” or “changed” Superman in the comics.

There ya go, Renato! Thanks for the suggestion!

Thanks to Frank Quitely and Seb Patrick for the information!


Check out my latest TV Legends Revealed at CBR: Was there nearly a time-traveling season of “Mork and Mindy”?


Check back Sunday for part 3 of this week’s legends!

And remember, if you have a legend that you’re curious about, drop me a line at either brianc@cbr.com or cronb01@aol.com!

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New 52 Superman Returns To DC’s Universe?

NOTE: This article contains SPOILERS for Superman #19

For all the success of the DC Comics Rebirth, there’s one truth impossible to overlook: the boost in sales, readership, and enthusiasm came with a heavy price tag. And chief among the changes leading to the Rebirth and the return of the Post-Crisis Superman was the death of New 52 Superman. The modern incarnation of the character hadn’t been quite as much of a hit as his predecessor, which lead many to view his death as DC giving older fans what they wanted, returning the older Superman and his wife, Lois Lane, and their son, Jonathan Kent. To add evidence to their claim, the New 52 Lois Lane was killed too, after receiving her powers from the dying Superman.

As it turns out, DC has a much larger story in mind for those versions of the characters. One that is tied into the very heart of the Rebirth and its blue, glowing, Watchmen-based architect. The first big twist may have been dropped with when the cover of Action Comics #976 revealed both the New 52 Superman and the one that replaced him taking flight together, but we now know the possible explanation. There are still secrets to be spilled in “Superman: Reborn” but it’s time to hop on the story arc, Super fans – because DC may have just returned the New 52 Superman to the current DC Universe.

Keeping Up With Mxyzptlk

Superman Rebirth Mxyzptlk Explained New 52 Superman Returns To DCs Universe?

We say “may” because the entire story has gotten more and more ludicrous and unpredictable the closer we’ve gotten to answers. Remember that de-powered version of Clark Kent stalking Lois Lane? It turns out that’s been classic Superman enemy Mr. Mxyzptlk the whole time (the fifth dimensional imp known for his trickery and games). Apparently, old Mxy was captured and help captive by the same mysterious ‘Mr. Oz’ who’s been pulling the strings behind the Rebirth universe – kidnapping Tim Drake, and another Doomsday, among others. Believing Superman would rescue him before long, Mxy was forced to finally realize that the Man of Steel wasn’t a friend after all. He managed to blast his way out of Mr. Oz’s prison and back into the world, but could only escape his jailer if he convinced the world – himself included – that he was everyday Clark Kent.

But with Jonathan Kent now in his custody and a bone to pick with Superman, Mxy has taken his game to another level. First, he wipes Lois’s memory of her marriage to Clark Kent, or their son. Next, he plants Jonathan at the very top of a strange, fifth-dimensional skyscraper and challenges Superman to make it through his nonsensical nightmare and retrieve his son. Mxy isn’t volunteering to answer the questions of Superman or the reader, casually referring to the days prior to the death of the New Superman, when the older Superman was shown to be watching from the shadows prepared to lend assistance if it was needed. According to Mxy, the bond between this older and younger man from two (presumed) different dimensions has been misunderstood.

Was the original Superman “split” to make two versions? It’s a new idea for the New 52 and the Rebirth, but it’s just the beginning of weird happenings in Superman #19.

Jonathan Kent Learns The Truth

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It’s Jonathan who makes the actual discovery of the fates of both the Superman and Lois Lane of the New 52. As a brief reminder, neither actually died in a traditional sense. Instead, they erupted in a burst of red energy that reduced them to ashes. So it may not be too shocking when Jonathan – hovering in a state of limbo in Mxypltzk’s game – witnesses two balls of red energy that fly towards him and stop, seeming to communicate. By presenting photos, the balls of energy reveal that they are Clark Kent and Lois Lane… the New 52 versions, not Jonathan’s parents currently seeking him out. Not one to get hung up on the details, Jonathan senses their power, and requests their help in communicating with his parents. And by ‘communicating,’ we mean blasting him out of whatever prison Mxy has left him in so his parents won’t have to fight their way to him alone.

As Superman succeeds in smashing his way through Mxy’s game with the motivation only a child in jeopardy can offer, the imp changes the rules. He’s determined to wipe Superman and Lois’s memory of their son and have the final laugh… but that honor goes to Jonathan. Begging his new friends to help him escape, the detonation of red energy that breaks Jonathan free of Mxy’s labyrinth into full view of his parents also sends the reality itself crumbling. Mxyzptlk is stunned and infuriated, but Jonathan has never been happier. Because he now stands beside his mother and father… possibly a different version, but a reunion of the family, all the same.

New 52 Superman Returns?

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The issue ends with the New 52 Superman, in full, collared costume returned in all his glory. In one arm he holds Lois Lane, and Jonathan in the other. What makes this shocking reveal – the return of the presumed dead New 52 Superman – so powerful is that it’s not quite clear just what’s occurred. Has the New 52 Superman taken physical form out of his energetic one alongside his Lois Lane? That is, are Jonathan’ parents safely standing out of the panel, brought face to face with the doppelgangers they watched from the shadows in the years since the New 52 relaunch? Or, in a more unexpected twist, has the release of energy brought some essence of those New 52 versions to reshape his own parents?

Jonathan’s quivering, questioning reference to them as his parents confirms that even he isn’t sure just yet, so fans don’t need to obsess over the outcomes. What matters most is that, after months of being presumed dead to make way for a more popular rendition, the New 52 Superman is back… we think. Even if it’s just his essence, his costume, or his willingness to help a boy in need. And that’s a start.

What do you Superman fans think of the bombshell (that was teased without context already)? Are you thrilled with the very idea that the New 52 Superman’s death was never just what it seemed? Or are you suspicious that some other plan or strategy is in play? Let us know your own theories in the comments, and stay tuned as “Superman Reborn” delivers its next twist.

NEXT: DC Reveals Superman’s New Suit

Superman #19 is available now.

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The Truth About Superman Is Revealed In ‘Action Comics’ #976

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If you’ve been following the current “Superman Reborn” crossover, you know that The Man of Tomorrow’s entire world has been turned upside-down and inside-out by the revelations regarding his place in the DC Universe, but there’s still more to come!

Everything comes to a head with some major shocks and surprises in week’s Action Comics #975 by Dan Jurgens, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Christian Alamy, Trevor Scott, Wil Quintana and Rob Leigh, and we have an exclusive preview of the “Superman Reborn” finale.

At this point in the story, we know that Mr. Mxyzptlk was the Fake Clark Kent, and was responsible for abducting Superman‘s son Jon, but there’s still plenty we don’t know about Superman himself and his link to the previous Superman of this universe. Things get trippy, but if you’re following along for big status-quo changes in DC Rebirth, this is absolutely a can’t-miss issue.

Check out the preview below:

 

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Here’s the full solicitation information:

ACTION COMICS #976
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
Variant cover by GARY FRANK
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers each. Please see the order form for details.
“SUPERMAN REBORN” finale! As this epic tale wraps up, Superman’s life is drastically changed…and that’s all we are saying for now—except that you won’t want to miss it!
* The covers by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray and the variant covers by Gary Frank for SUPERMAN #18-19 and ACTION COMICS #975-976 will connect to form a single vertical image.
On sale MARCH 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

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The Truth About Superman Is Revealed In ‘Action Comics’ #976 [Exclusive Preview]

Patrick Gleason / DC Comics
Patrick Gleason John Kalisz / DC Comics

 

If you’ve been following the current “Superman Reborn” crossover, you know that The Man of Tomorrow’s entire world has been turned upside-down and inside-out by the revelations regarding his place in the DC Universe, but there’s still more to come!

Everything comes to a head with some major shocks and surprises in week’s Action Comics #975 by Dan Jurgens, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Christian Alamy, Trevor Scott, Wil Quintana and Rob Leigh, and we have an exclusive preview of the “Superman Reborn” finale.

At this point in the story, we know that Mr. Mxyzptlk was the Fake Clark Kent, and was responsible for abducting Superman‘s son Jon, but there’s still plenty we don’t know about Superman himself and his link to the previous Superman of this universe. Things get trippy, but if you’re following along for big status-quo changes in DC Rebirth, this is absolutely a can’t-miss issue.

Check out the preview below:

 

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Here’s the full solicitation information:

ACTION COMICS #976
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
Variant cover by GARY FRANK
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers each. Please see the order form for details.
“SUPERMAN REBORN” finale! As this epic tale wraps up, Superman’s life is drastically changed…and that’s all we are saying for now—except that you won’t want to miss it!
* The covers by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray and the variant covers by Gary Frank for SUPERMAN #18-19 and ACTION COMICS #975-976 will connect to form a single vertical image.
On sale MARCH 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

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Superman #19 May Have Just Tipped DC’s Entire Rebirth Hand

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Superman” #19, on sale now, and last week’s “Action Comics” #975.


It’s time for a post-Rebirth rebirth in the penultimate chapter of “Superman Reborn,” as Superman makes a discovery about the nature of his late New 52 counterpart that sheds new light on the whole framework of the current DC Universe.

“Superman” #19, by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, picks up where “Action” #975 left off, with both Clark and Lois on the verge of forgetting their son Jon’s existence thanks to the machinations of Mr. Mxyzptlk, while also incorporating threads from the tie-in issue “Superwoman” #8. But perhaps most intriguing is what the imp from the 5th Dimension has to say about how the New 52 came to be, and this revelation’s significance in a post-“Rebirth” world.

Absent Friends

The first thing to note is that Mr. Oz, the mysterious figure working behind the scenes whom many believe to be Ozymandias from “Watchmen,” does not appear in this issue, save for his place of prominence on the cover… unless he’s secretly Jon Kent! Which would be a pretty wicked twist.

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But that’s not to say there aren’t major “Rebirth” revelations to be found within. First, Mxy refers to “tinkering busybodies” messing with time/space, likely the mysterious Mr. Oz, architect of so many clandestine plans in the “Rebirth” universe, and another cosmic manipulator, with most evidence pointing toward Dr. Manhattan of “Watchmen” fame. But Mxyzptlk also refers several times to the creation of the New 52, always using language that implies it was inherently broken, or “fractured.”

This leads Supes to the realization that he was “split in two.” And yes, we are quite literally talking about Superman Red and Superman Blue, N52 being “red energy” which made Lana Lang a Superwoman (energy she just returned to the universe in her own series), and pre-“Flashpoint” Superman being “blue energy,” which Kal-El notes this issue as Mxyzptlk leads him around his own ethereal being.

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A Surprise Return

While Superman fights to rescue Jonathan even as Mxy’s magic is eroding his memory of family life, Jon is greeted by the “red energy,” aka New 52’s Lois and Clark. He recognizes them as not his parents, but like them, and together they team up to deal Mxyzptlk a critical blow.

And when the dust settles, it’s not Jon’s parents who bear him back to the real world, but their New 52 counterparts, re-formed and revitalized at last.

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What It All Means

Much as Lana lamented over in “Superwoman,” Mxyzptlk once again wonders at the seemingly outsized significance of Lois Clark to the grand scheme of things. “No matter what, when, or where, it’s always you two.” This may be a thematic effort on DC’s part to restore Superman’s centrality to its universe; he was the publisher’s foundational superhero, after all, but for quite some time he has not been the “original” in continuity.

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The revelation that Superman was “split in two” may have implications for how we view the rest of the New 52 universe, as well. Was it created by a shaving off of the pre-“Flashpoint” DC Universe? If the “hope and optimism was split,” as Mxy says in a metatextual flourish, what does that say about what comprised the N52? And if this was an experiment by Dr. Manhattan, as has been speculated, what was he hoping to reveal.

Mxyzptlk, like Kadabra in “Titans,” was apparently not involved in the creation of the New 52 universe, but was aware of the schism from the beginning. Kadabra seized the opportunity to erase Wally West, while Mxy was busy being imprisoned by Mr. Oz. Both villains, too, seem to know who’s responsible, and are not currently aligned with the architects’ goals.

“Superman Reborn” seems likely to conclude, when it hits its climax next week in “Action” #976, with the dual versions of Clark Kent and Lois Lane recombined, a unified history overwriting their individual lives; “Superwoman” #8 intimated as much last week. This may also suggest that the same fate awaits all remaining elements of the New 52 and pre-“Flashpoint” universes, though that will necessarily take many forms specific to the characters. “Hope” has already begun leaking into Green Arrow’s life, for example, as he’s rediscovered his love and deep connection to Black Canary, but will he also be reunited with his son Connor Hawke? Or is Connor more akin to Wally West, who had no New 52 counterpart (except, er, for his “cousin”…) to escape oblivion whole?

Another possibility: even though it seems unlikely that the New 52 versions of Superman and Lois will prevail in the end, it is conceivable that Jon could be cut adrift without parents should the universes realign to make Lois and Clark lovers but not yet husband and wife. Jon currently co-stars as Superboy in “Super Sons,” so he’s not going to disappear, but the folks he regards as Mom and Dad could be erased. Let’s hope not — the family relationship has been a shining star of the Superman titles and offered the first meaningful, persistent change in the series in ages. Yes, a more significant and important change than even the clean slate of the New 52 reboot.

Next week’s issue of “Action Comics” represents the culmination of almost a double-shipped year’s worth of Superman stories across two titles, and in addition to restoring Superman’s status as a native of the prime universe, it’s all but certain there will be further revelations about “Rebirth” writ large. Mr. Oz hinted at it early on, and this issue confirmed: Whatever the truth of this new universe, Superman is at its center.

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From: http://www.cbr.com/superman-dc-rebirth-spoiled/

CGC 5.5 Superman #1 Sells For Record High – Comicbook.com

Holy Grail alert!  A CGC-graded copy of Superman #1 (1939) has been sold for over half a million dollars, according to online comic consignment website ComicLink.

The book in question sold for a record-high $507,500 and was graded at 5.5 (FN-) by CGC (Certified Guaranty Company), the leading provider of grading services in the comics industry.

Superman #1, the first comic to feature just one superhero, collects Action Comics #1-#4 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  This copy sold for a price comparable to that of Batman #1 ($567,625) and Wonder Woman #1 ($291,100), the first solo titles featuring the two respective DC powerhouses.

However, the book doesn’t come close to touching any all-time records.  A CGC 8.0 copy of Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman, sold for just north of $1 million in 2010 while a copy of the most popular comic of all time — Action Comics #1 — sold for $3.2 million in 2014.

“I encourage owners of high dollar comic books to get in touch with me in order to get top dollar and realize the highest return on their investment. The market is strong, and collector-investors are clamoring for key and high-grade Golden, Silver and Bronze Age comic books. On the flip side, hobbyists seeking rare, high dollar books like this one may reach out to me for exclusive purchasing opportunities,” said Josh Nathanson, Founder and President of ComicLink in a press release.  “I have assisted top buyers in acquiring the best comic books for their collections since 1996, and applying my market knowledge to help collectors invest strategically is something I still enjoy doing.”

[H/T Bleeding Cool]

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/03/12/superman-sells-for-half-million/

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