Review: “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?,” by Alan Moore and Julius Schwartz

There was a time with DC ran so many stories, writers couldn’t even keep up with the origins of characters, or even there powers and so they sought out to iron-out some issues, which lead to the creation of a Crisis but that another story. In this case DC ask the ever popular Alan Moore, to write a story using the character.

This particular volume collects  two-part “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” from SUPERMAN #423 and ACTION COMICS #583, as well as “The Jungle Line” from DC COMICS PRESENTS #85 and “For the Man Who Has Everything…” from SUPERMAN ANNUAL #11.

Story: This collections contains Alan Moore’s Superman tales:

  • Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?: Superman long roster of villains are mostly dead or inactive, but when they all sudden gather together for one final confrontation, the Man of Steel has no other choice but to confront them in one final massive battle, that will result in heavy loses for both sides.
  • For the Man Who Has Everything…: Our heroes compose of the dynamic duo Batman and Robin, plus Wonder Woman travel to the Fortress of Solitude to give Superman, a gift, only to find the Man of Steel under a stupor and Mogul as the intruder who place him there. The heroes are soon caught in race to free their friend and evade the titanic Mogul.
  • The Jungle Line:

Art: This book’s art has aged rather well and upon getting this collected version, my opinion of it change very much. While the art seem dated in some specific panels and the color even washed out and the movement static. Then read modern book with digital art, and seem wow, I am quite wrong!  The art is good and the color are pastels but they are all hand not digital as today, which is one up on the art.

Superman crying

This image here is worth enough

Superman dangerous.png

For example in this one the character feel stiff, and the art feel horrible outdated

Dialogue: This is very moving comic, not just because of the struggles Superman goes through but because the problems he faces he does not deal in them in very heroic way, from his two lovers, never choosing and identity. This human struggles that even the greatest man could not overcome, however by no means is this dark negative story about how depressing life. No, it about humanism a character who could wrestle with black holes and fight alien gods, and taking him and remind us he can still feel.

Superman deals

There a lot of Golden Age references, but the most is that our heroes ready to fight for their greatest pal Superman

Superman krypto

Another amazing peace of scene in which we see the courage the sacrifice

Continues in: Imaginary Tale

Conclusion:  This is one of Moore finest stories in the DC world, only in equal in Superman level with “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” and this not such a story for Superman, this a story for anyone whoever has tragic past as we see from Batman.

At times its gut wrenching and reminds us that, just how fragile things can be.

This was such memorable tale that it when onto become an episode in Justice League Unlimited. If that doesn’t convince to read it, I’m not sure what could pal. But give one last try, read this and you will feel just how deep a story can go.

This is one of Moore’s finest story and possibly greatest one ever written for Superman. His work here inspire Neil Gaiman to write Whatever Happened to the Cape Crusader, Alex Ross even took few hints for Kingdom Come and sure Grant Morrison borrow quite a bit in order to write All-Star Superman, so can I interest you in the greatest story ever told of Superman? I do hope I can because change the way you see him.

Moore makes the Man of Tomorrow into real person with weakness and fears, with pain and hate and with more than that, with voice outside of his own. You must read to believe it.



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