Come on, man...be fair. I'm probably one of 20 guys left on the planet who knows who "Blackrock" is and what his origin is, so cut me some slack -- I know Clark hasn't ALWAYS worked at the Daily Planet.
"He's been at newspapers for 70 years" demonstrates otherwise.
Perhaps you should not have said that...
What I'm saying is that the direction, the quitting and moving the character forward in a different direction, is welcome in my book. I'm absolutely serious when I say I don't need to read another story with Lois Lane or Jimmy Olsen or Perry White in it.
Apparently, you also don't want to read about Superman, either, since his relationships with those characters define him as much as "Krypton/explosion/rocket/Smallville" do. So shall we dispense with "Krypton/explosion/rocket/Smallville", as well?? Why not??
When you start stripping these elements away from these characters, you end up with unrecognizable shells that just happen to have known characters' names
. But hey, "unrecognizable shells" are clearly what Dan and the Gang are going for with this DCnU, right??
If you're going to reboot this thing, then freaking reboot it. Give the characters new interactions, new supporting characters. That's how you keep these character interesting -- give them something new to see and do.
And yet, practically everyone's been saying that the books and characters that were NOT rebooted, like Swamp Thing and Animal Man, are the best books of the lot. This in itself speaks volumes, mostly repeating the message "NONE of these characters and concepts needed rebooting in the first place!!"
You're not changing the backstory, Krypton/explosion/rocket/Smallville.
Parents not dead or dead.
Superman wearing iconic costume or idiotic "Jim-Lee-style" '90s-throwback armor.
Superman behaving as an inspirational figure in the Justice League or acting like a jerk in the Justice League.
These elements are important.