1. EricH says:

    I never even saw “Man of Steel,” but I always got irritated whenever people said the movie made Superman into a MURDERER and then explained the infamous neck-snapping scene to me. These people expected me to side with them, but I couldn’t see it as anything other than protecting an innocent third party. Dark? Sure. Murder? Heck no!

    Anyway, you two have done a great job on this series. I totally agree with your point in part 7; if you’re still thinking about a story days later, that’s often the sign that it was a really good story.

    • Eric, thanks for that encouragement. I think some of this impulse arises from a view on stories I would call the “just-entertainment” notion. In other words, “This is Just Entertainment, so why should it be so challenging?” But as Austin especially contends in the full series, the idea behind “Man of Steel” was to explore a hyper-realized version of our real world, morality and tough calls and all. And in reality, sometimes you must kill an evil person to save an innocent person. We must confront this fact and only then begin to address the hows and whos and whys that apply to us.

  2. dmdutcher says:

    Recommended reading list on this subject, if you are into superhero ethics.

    Frank Miller, “The Dark Knight Returns” and “Watchmen.”

    Alex Ross, “Kingdom Come.”

    Brad Metlzer, “Identity Crisis.”

    Various writers, Marvel, “Civil War series.”

What do you think?