syxxpakk wrote:Let me ask you this: let's say Firestorm could do that so he does.
Does Superman become a weird sci-fi romance book? After all, Firestorm has saved the world from all villains with superpowers.
I guess I read more along the lines of "precedence matters."
People laugh at the Silver Age, and sometimes, rightfully so. But there was a sweet spot as it merged into the Bronze Age where, to my way of thinking, you had the right amount of balance -- the Good Guys and the Bad Guys had an equal chance of winning a street fight. There was balance.
For instance: We accept that, in comic books, that...say...Hydra's not going to detonate 10 nuclear bombs in Manhattan, killing every superhero that matters. We do. We make that concession. We concede that, for example, Batman can run toward guys with guns and knives and not get shot and stabbed.
When you lose "The Balance," it throws off much of the suspension of disbelief that, IMO, you have to have to read comics.
One of my favorite books is DC's digital series based on the video game "Injustice." In that one, Superman goes a little crazy after Metropolis gets nuked and Lois Lane and his unborn kid are killed by him through a plan of the Joker.
But in that series, Superman uses all of his power to stop an invasion of Darkseid's Parademon's -- uses all of the "Flash Speed" and "Hulk Strength", etc., that he has, and ends the war in, like, 10 seconds or whatever. Kills them all.
Now, again: You can do that. You absolutely can tell that story.
But when you do, you've totally lost "The Balance." There are no more stories to be told with Superman and the Prankster and Terra Man and Toyman. You've changed the narrative entirely.
That's what Johns has done for a majority of his DC stories that I -- again, this is just me and my way of thinking -- don't like: He makes it so the villains are so good at what they do and the heroes are so much less, it truly lessens the enjoyment.
I don't need the heroes to win every single time -- for instance, the best book I read yesterday featured a hero doing his best against a supervillain and coming up short. It happens, and will happen.
But when Johns is at his worst...it's just not enjoyable, sometimes.