Hey, JMS...

Why yes, I HAVE been known to flog a dead horse.


Anonymous said...

This proves absolutely nothing, but. Back in the early 2000s "Martian Manhunter" series, there was an issue (maybe #23) where J'onn became aware of Kal-El's arrival on earth shortly after the Kents showed up; J'onn decided to quietly monitor this new alien's upbringing to make sure he wasn't a Kryptonian sleeper agent. What we are left with are scene after scene showing how Clark really is a child of earth, and the issue culminates with J'onn confronting a full-grown Superman, disguising himself as a Kryptonian holographic projection and telling Superman it's time to terraform earth into a New Krypton. Superman swears to fight to the death to prevent any such thing, and it is at this point that J'onn is finally certain that Superman is truly of earth.

One little-read comic from the early 2000s doesn't prove anything, but it's a nice read, and it certainly contributes to the mountain of precedent that Superman considers himself human despite his unearthly origins.

Siskoid said...

I've got to track that down.

You know, the more I think about "Grounded", the more I think it could work by simply changing Superman's motivation. Why can't it be about visiting cities other than Metropolis and making himself a hero for the world, not a single city? It's the "trying to connect with humanity" that's nonsense.

Anonymous said...

That would work handily, kind of like "Stephen Fry in America" (check it out on YouTube if you are bored).

Well, more than the motivation would have to change; I don't think we've got the right writer for genuinely down-to-earth adventures. JMS isn't happy unless he's trying to write something that people will talk about for years, and chronicling a straight-forward, helpful grown-up Boy Scout is probably something that JMS doesn't have much interest in.


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