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    Default Action Comics #17 Shows Us How The Kents Died In The New 52



    Originally Martha and Jonathan Kent died of natural causes, after their adopted son Clark Kent graduated college, and never saw him as Superman. Except one time when Jonathan was able to travel, briefly, to the future.

    Then, after Crisis Of Infinite Earths, they were rebooted, now younger when they found Clark and both lived to see their son grow into an adult.

    Now, in the New 52 Action Comics, Grant Morrison has reverted the situation. The Kents were still not elderly when they found Clark, but they do die before his time, according to the io9 preview, due to injuries sustained in a car accident. We also get Jonathan Kent's speech from the deathbed, urging Clark to use his powers for the benefit of humanity, just as he used to have done.

    But this is a time travel comic, with Superman fighting the same foe in three separate timelines simultaneously. Will there be room for a little time travel to the future again? Or from the past?






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    Personally think its a mistake to have his parents dead so early in Kent's life. Yes its what the classic stories did but so what. The post-Crisis relationship with his parents was one of strongest aspects of the character and created a lot of character moments that showed off his humanity by giving him people to vent his doubts, fears, concerns and more too regardless of whatever was going on with the other supporting characters. Now he is just a retread of Peter Parker. Alone, motivated to do the right thing because of some deathbed wish. Something that Superman never needed. He tries to do the right thing because that is who he is and how he was raised. No additional reason needed (especially guilt or loss). I just think this an example of Morrison's love of 60s Supes putting a blinder on what would make for greater stories in the long term.

    Also, since the parents died young and his father was instrumental in helping Supes return from the dead after Doomsday (still part of 52 continuity somehow) ...how did he return from the dead now that his father was already dead?

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    I like the pages, but whoever drew the graveyard scene made the one mistake that ticks me off more than anything in comics. You would not be able to see the inner edge of both headstones unless the graves were at a 30-degree angle to each other. And that is ridiculous.

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    Looks good! The Kents are about as necessary as Aunt May: there to get the ball rolling. Other than that, kill them off.
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    Really? Your son could bench-press a car and you worry about him being safe

    In or out of context that funny.

    The rest was alright though.
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    Fix the link in the news

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackfist View Post
    Really? Your son could bench-press a car and you worry about him being safe

    In or out of context that funny.

    The rest was alright though.
    That's what parents do. They worry about there kids. And there are plenty of different types of safe.
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    The Nu52, we like are heroes armored, our women slutty, and our parents dead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingdom2000 View Post
    Personally think its a mistake to have his parents dead so early in Kent's life.
    ...Byrne proved this by having the Kents around after the revamp. It not only grounded Clark further in his humanity, it also added a further major difference between Superman and Batman, in that when things got way too tough, Clark could always go home and sing the blues to Ma and Pa. Bruce had Alfred and his bats, but that's not the same as having a *parent* or two to give parental advice.

    If one had to drag Didio and his cronies before a court and wring a confession from them, I'd bet you quatloos to donuts that the only reason the Kents were killed off after Flushtoilet was to wipe away all aspects of the Byrne revamp out of sheer spite for Byrne and his fans.

    Speaking of those deaths:

    Originally Martha and Jonathan Kent died of natural causes, after their adopted son Clark Kent graduated college, and never saw him as Superman. Except one time when Jonathan was able to travel, briefly, to the future.
    ...Not *quite* true. In the Golden Age, the were ancient when they found Clark, and barely made it to his 21st/18th birthday before croaking at the same time. Then, when the TV series showed up, Pa died of a heart attack, and Ma's final fate was never shown despite the script bible listing a "Return to Smallville to see Ma Kent" as a story idea(*). By the Silver Age and the arrival of Superboy, the Kents died from a plague that they'd contracted when Clark took them into the past to search for a chest of pirate's booty as an anniversary trip, which led to Clark frantically trying to become a one-man Wildfire biohazard research team, and learning the whole "all these powers and I can't wipe my ass" schtick before Pa tells him to turn his pathos into a dogma.

    ...After that, while Wally Wood was drawing the series in the late 60's, the Kents' well got polluted with a fountain of youth formula. Apparently Unca Mort Weisinger had finally gotten tired of all these kids - and Jim Shooter reportedly made a comment about this as well - about how they didn't like Clark having foster parents who were older than dirt. You know how young kids are naturally scared of kissing wrinkled old grandmaw? Well, there's your psychological motivation. So, thanks to some aliens trying to take over the world, the Kents got de-aged from doctored well-water - don't ask, as the story was a bit on the d-u-m side - and it kept them in their 40s until it wore off just in time for them to die off from the plague trip - it even got a half-page announcement from the entire Kent family telling the readers that this was the new status quo, so shut up and enjoy the ride.

    ...The one-shot time trip was a reward Jonathan Kent got for saving some aliens in an earlier issue of Superboy, where the aliens could alter time for one day and let Pa see how Clark had grown up and become the Hero of Heroes. The story got the largest fan response via letters that the Super-books had seen since the time Clark essentially told Lana that she'd become too much of a snotty cunt for him to even consider her over Lois, or fans asking for the recipe on how to fake Lara's recipe for Roast Babbooch with a couple of pork chops. Byrne got wind of this, and when he made his revamp pitch one of the rules was that the Kents were back, and would be there whenever Clark needed to come home and find a shoulder to cry on. Period.

    If I were writing the Super-books, or at least controlling DC after having physically tossed Didio and his suckups out the doors on their butts, the first thing I'd do is bring the Kents back. The Lois and Clark Expedition would be something to work on next, but undoing the *worst* mistake this side of having Krypto sent to the pound would have priority.

    (*) Source for this was the late Bob Justman, who worked on The Adventures of Superman before he became more famous for another series a few years later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toodoor View Post
    That's what parents do. They worry about there kids. And there are plenty of different types of safe.
    I know, I know. But it's hard to take it seriously coming from parents of a boy that could eat their knife and folks and not build up tooth decay
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