Friday, May 21, 2004

Better dead than Red, redux: Writing for The Washington Times, David Eldridge bemoans Superman's current place in popular culture, where he's forced to shill for American Express or battle teen angst in "a darn-near-unwatchable" TV series. But Eldridge insists the Man of Steel's worst indignity is defending Communism in Superman: Red Son, written by Mark Millar, who, apparently, "earned his name in the comics biz by introducing the world's first homosexual superheroes":

"Save the world a couple of times over, and what do you get? Batman's always sneering at your sense of duty. Wonder Woman won't give you the time of day. And then there's always some cynic like Mr. Millar who wants to be The One Who Destroyed Superman."

Speaking of shilling, Superman returns today for the second American Express "webisode" with Jerry Seinfeld.