& speaking of dogs (see last entry for all the sick details), today Superman #712 went on sale.
Superman comics have been featuring “Grounded”,
a way too long a year long story of Superman walking (yes, walking) across the USA.
After its original writer, JMS of “Babylon 5” fame, suddenly left his own bland story there were several delays & even a couple of fill-in issues with replacement stories but with Chris Roberson (the new writer) things improved.
& in the case of today’s #712, I looked forward to reading it.
Well, 1st let me show you DC’s solicitation copy for the 712th issue which was released in advance:
“Meet Los Angeles’s newest super hero in the latest Chapter of “Grounded”: Sharif ! But Sharif discovers that in today’s current cultural climate, some people don’t want his help – they just want him gone. Can Superman aid Sharif and quell a prejudiced public, or are there some problems too big even for the Man of Steel to solve ?”
Back when that info was released I didn’t think too much of it.
In fact, I nearly forgot about it.
Flash forward to last month when in the letter page of Superman #711 the cover to #712 was revealed…
Ok, pretty cool.
Sharif + that costume = interest levels going up.
It seemed this was going to be a different type of Superman story & with Chris Roberson writing, there could only be something great ahead.
I mean that’s obviously a Muslim superhero & people are going to hate him for it ???
The drama, the tragedy & the potential – they were all there !
Well, imagine my surprise & I guess everyone elses when the Superman #712 comic that arrived at stores today had the following cover…
No, that is not Sharif.
Yes, that is Krypto AKA Superman’s dog.
…WTF ?!? No, seriously WTF ?!?!?
Yes, they changed the cover & they also changed the story.
Last-minute it seems as nothing seemed to point towards this major kind of change.
In fact, “The Source” (DC Comics’ official blog) stated no info on the change but the comic section does feature a weird update of sorts, oddly mixing the original solicit with the new cover…
DC recently made it known they were changing their entire universe by renumbering & rebooting or as DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee & Dan DiDio put it:
“DC Comics will be making history this September.”
Sharif, it’s not September yet but you’re history…