Superman Issue 13 will see Clark Kent, the Man of Steel’s good-natured alter-ego undergo some seriously dramatic lifestyle changes.
The issue, which will be available digitally and in comic stores on Wednesday will see reporter Clark Kent quit his job at the Metropolis newspaper The Daily Planet. Kent has been an employee at The Daily Planet since the DC Comics superhero’s earliest days back in the 1940s.
DC’s “The New 52” re-launch a little while ago saw Superman’s status quo altered quite a bit. He broke up with his beloved Lois and seemed to moving on in the Justice League pages where he shared a kiss with Wonder Woman.
Quitting The Daily Planet in Issue 13 is a kind of follow on from this, he still obviously has strong feelings for Lois, but he also being persistently hassled by his editor-in-chief Perry White for not digging up enough Superman stories. His boss’ boss Morgan Edge is also on his case and these factors combine push him to make his dramatic exit – bemoaning that journalism has now given way to entertainment and calling on his peers to stand up for “truth” and “justice”!
New writer Scott Lobdell explains that he is moving into the modern era and rather than try and find a job writing for another newspaper, Kent will use the internet as his platform for the kind of journalism he feels that The Daily Planet had turned its back on.
“Rather than Clark be this clownish suit that Superman puts on, we’re going to really see Clark come into his own in the next few years as far as being a guy who takes to the Internet and to the airwaves and starts speaking an unvarnished truth.”
Meanwhile, The Daily Planet also gets a revamp and steps closer to the modern world, becoming part of multimedia corporation Galaxy Broadcasting. Lobdell began his run on the book last month with a special zero issue alongside Red Hood and Outlaws artist Kenneth Rocafort and it is quite clear that he intends to make some waves in the Super-verse!
Lobdell explains the reasoning behind Superman’s decision to quit:
“This is really what happens when a 27-year-old guy is behind a desk and he has to take instruction from a larger conglomerate with concerns that aren’t really his own…Superman is arguably the most powerful person on the planet, but how long can he sit at his desk with someone breathing down his neck and treating him like the least important person in the world?”
This is just one of the many new plotlines that Superman will traverse in the new issues which will also include him discovering some unsettling information about Lois and her new boyfriend, face a new Kryptonian threat in the form of the character H’el and be a part of a crossover story with Superboy and Supergirl.
The forthcoming year looks like it’s going to be a biggie for Superman; he’ll be getting a new comic book from Scott Snyder and Jim Lee and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel movie will also be hitting our Cinema screens. But for Lobdell, it has already begun. He said:
“It’s a big day for Superman every day…This notion that we’re going to wait till next year to see Superman in all his Super-glory is a misperception. It starts with issue 13.”
Source: USA Today