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July 4, 2014

Go, Read: Calamity Jon Morris On New Flavor Superman

imageThere's a short essay on the new version of superman from the writer Jon Morris here that I found interesting, in part because it hits a weak spot I have for figuring out the affection I feel for stories settling in for others on characters distinct from those stories. Morris suggests something interesting and obvious as to why people want to hang on to the versions of the character they enjoyed when they were younger: that character is a symbol of that youth, and its loss a reminder of mortality. I think that's a huge part of it, in addition to the kind of kneejerk reaction that fans have against that which is new.

Without a dog in that particular fight because of the hole in my heart, I do think this new superfella tries a bit too hard; there's a playacting element to a Superman that acts in grim fashion, and it's for me not seeing him push away from the previous version when I encounter him. The version Morris describes might lead to more affecting stories.
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