Today saw the release of Superman Giant #7, a 100-page collection of Superman stories with one entirely new tale (written by Tom King and Adam Kubert). This particular tale is causing a great ire with fans, who are questioning why the comic is marketed toward children as a beginner's course into comics.
Well... here's the official tweet:
Superman's search for the kidnapped girl continues, but he can't stop thinking about home. @TomKingTK shares an ALL-NEW story in SUPERMAN GIANT #7, available today exclusively at @Walmart! pic.twitter.com/ORU2lbO15Y— DC (@DCComics) January 20, 2019
So what's causing all the fuss? Well, about that blurb about him thinking about home. Yes, let's talk about that blurb...
So the story in question deals with Superman's mind wandering into some rather dark stuff. How dark? Namely, Superman begins the story by envisioning Lois Lane being caught by Lex Luthor, who then shoots her in the head. Here's a scan from apparently the opening page of the issue:
This story continues with apparently more situations that Superman imagines Lois being killed in an almost serious business Silver Age comic. Of course, none of what Kal-El envisions actually happens. This is just Superman imagining it all, but the graphic opening content in a supposed all-ages comic is kind of the reason this particular comic is causing a storm amongst some on Twitter.
Though this isn't the first controversy King has had in the last few months. The writer has garnered a lot of flack for the current event going on in DC Comics, Heroes in Crisis. You know: killing off a fan favorite characters, sexualizing violence, and basically being a standard DC event comic that you expect from the mid-2000s, but released nowadays.
Still, since this comic can be found on the stands next to Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, I guess there's only one thing we can do... RESET THE COUNTER!!