After several years of closely connected storylines, DC’s various Superman titles are now going in different directions, and perhaps the most dramatic change is that Action Comics, the title that Superman debuted in back in 1938, will now be headlined by none other than Lex Luthor.
When I first heard about it I was intrigued by the idea. Under the right writer Luthor is a fascinating character, and Paul Cornell, a veteran of British television (including the critically acclaimed Doctor Who episodes Human Nature and The Family of Blood) should bring a fresh perspective, and Cornell’s characterization of Luthor is definitely a highlight of the book. While he occasionally lapses into the tired ruthless corporate CEO cliché that has plagued the character since the 1980s, this Luthor has a cocky sparkle to him, and Cornell’s sharp writing makes me believe two important things: that Luthor is A: a genius and B: completely insane.
The story itself is serviceable, picking up where Luthor’s involvement in the Blackest Night storyline left off. His exposure to the orange power ring has left him even more greedy for power than he was before, and so he embarks on a quest to find a way to create his own power ring. He is assisted by the usual corporate toadies, but also with what may end up being one of the more interesting characters in the series: a robot duplicate of Lois Lane, programmed to challenge Luthor, to give him, in his own words, “a viewpoint that’s not entirely about need.”
Of course Luthor follows this explanation of the robot Lois’ purpose with the following statement, which really sums up the tone of the writing: “That will be especially useful when I’m becoming a god in space.” The plot really isn’t all that important, it’s just a vehicle for Luthor’s character.
Paul Cornell seems to have a firm handle on that character, and so far he has avoided the pitfalls that usually befall villain-led books, largely by avoiding having Superman or any other heroes appear in the story at all. This is Lex Luthor’s book, and the story is told squarely from his point of view. In his mind at least, he is the hero.
— Jefferson Powers
From listening to the show, you know that i’m going to Dragon Con in Atlanta next week. While I can’t guarantee it, i’m hoping to get some interviews with some of the more than 100 guests who will be there.
Here’s where you all come in, i’ve never really done celebrity interviews, so I could use some help with questions for them.
Here is a list of the Superhero Cinema-related guests and what they’ve been in:
William Katt (Star, Greatest American Hero)
John Wesley Shipp (Star, The Flash)
Feedback (Who Wants to Be a Superhero)
Major Victory (Who Wants to Be a Superhero)
Fat Mama (Who Wants to Be a Superhero)
James Marsters (Braniac, Smallville, Lex Luthor, Superman:Doomsday)
Lori Petty (Live Wire, Superman: TAS, Tank Girl)
Louis Gossett Jr (Lucius Fox, The Batman, Jake, The Punisher)
Jonathan Frakes (Tim, Lois and Clark, Xanatos, Gargoyles)
Juliet Landau (Tala, Justice League)
David Faustino (Static Shock, Zeta Project, Batman Beyond)
Marc Singer (Dr Kirk Langstrom/ManBat, Batman: TAS, The Beastmaster)
Aaron Douglas (Blade 2)
If you have anything you would like me to ask any of these guests, i’m happy to be your voice. Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you call and leave your questions as a voicemail, I will actually play your question for the celebrity and we will include it in the show, the number to leave your voicemail is 303-800-HERO, that’s 303-800-4376.
Any help you can send my way will be appreciated.
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