Yesterday, the internet was flipping out over Superman Giant #7 with the original story of Tom King and Andy Kubert. Criticizing the comic for the opening dark tone the story took, in a story that's supposed "to be for all ages". Regardless, it touched a nerve for some. So much, in fact, that Tom King released this statement to CBR.
Because it isn't widely available, I'm not sure people know the story (which is beautifully told by Andy, Sandra, and Brad). So here it is: On a mission far from home, Superman tries calling home. Lois doesn't answer. As people do when they can't get in touch with their loved ones, he starts imagining worst case scenarios. Why won't she answer? Images of her demise crowd his thoughts, driving him crazy. In the end, the line connects and Superman and Lois discuss how worried they are about each other.
They both lead dangerous lives; however, neither of them asks the other to compromise that life. Lois has her career; Superman has his. Despite the worry and risk, they trust each other, they depend on each other. Regardless of the hard of it all, they both go forward and they both continue to save the world. To me this is a metaphor for the best parts of love. Love comes with stress, agony, risk, vulnerability, and we shouldn't deny that stress, agony, risk, and vulnerability.
However, love also comes with the unique joy of putting your faith in someone else, of knowing that someone else puts their faith in you. This story is not about the deaths of Lois Lane or the anxieties of Superman; it is about the love of Lois Lane and the love of Superman, the enduring strength of these amazing, iconic characters.
So there you have it from King's perspective, and how he deems the story makes Superman more relatable and human. Do you agree with his statement? Or are you unyielding in your rage that the story was published in a section that's intended to grab new younger readers?