When a Superman is Unrelated to a Thor

Balloons let you know where the party's at on FCBD (Brainstorm in Chicago).

On free comic book day I snagged some freebies and purchased Action Comics #900. The issue has caused controversy, and I wanted the inside scoop. The controversy? In issue #900, Superman renounces his American citizenship.

So. Push up your spectacles, and I’ll keep this brief.

Never enough Alex Ross art.

I had no idea Superman was an American citizen. He is an alien, who decided to stay on Earth after crash-landing here; he wants to help this world that took part in his upbringing. Kudos to him, when he could crack the Earth in half with his strength.

Clark Kent, Supe’s alter ego, remains, as he should, a citizen of the U.S. of A. Using a secret identity allows Superman a few deserved opportunities: 1) Living in Metropolis as Clark allows Superman a place to rest in a world he has sworn to protect. 2) It allows him to work as a reporter and contribute to society in a meaningful way beyond being a superhero. 3) It allows him to feel human. He admires humans for achieving great feats without superpowers, and what better way to pay respect to humans than to act as one?

Maybe some Americans are hurt by Superman’s decision, because he seems like the ultimate success story in the U.S. He’s an immigrant who came to a new world and made an amazing life for himself, just like America’s forefathers aimed to do. This said, Superman still should not be considered American.

Superman represents crossing borders to offer unprejudiced assistance. He has roots in America, but his roots do not end here. They extend across the globe, so Superman can demonstrate how to open the barriers of communication and appreciate humans as a whole.

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I saw Thor in 3D. Aside from a few rushed bits of plot, Thor is another solid movie in the Marvel lineup. Stay till the end of the credits, as usual.

This is the first feature film I watched in 3D. Which means I’m not seasoned at seeing movies with special glasses, but 3D seems unnecessary here. My main problem stems from the scenes with heavy dialogue. A single character in the immediate foreground pops out, while everyone and everything else, that are actually at varying depths, remain noticeably 2D. This pulls you out of the story by reminding you that you’re watching a 3D movie. Never a good thing when telling tales.

The best bits of 3D were the minute details. Airborne debris and snowfall look amazing when they appear at varying depths. A director could do worse than to have smaller elements (e.g. rain, snow, ash, dust, et cetera) flying about the majority of a film.

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Slice of life: No overheard quote this time, just this: Writing makes me a horrible blogger. And I’m okay with this.

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