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Roo
Any thoughts on Grounded, anyone? So far I'm finding it worthy but a little dull.
 
sandman1347
Just read Earth 1. It was actually quite good. The hype around this title really had me worried that Clark was going to be some self-obsessed emo kid that belongs in "Twilight" but that wasn't the case at all. He wasn't any more angsty than a 20 year old Clark Kent has normally been written. Certainly not as far down that road as the TV show Smallville has gone.

What the book does well is to re-introduce the story without altering its essence. It simply revamps the plot to make it a bit more plausible and easier to digest for modern readers. Superman is still Superman but he is also much more human (I know he's not human) than he has usually seemed. He actually struggles with the decision to be a hero and he realizes how easy it would be for him to use his abilities for his own personal gain (and to benefit his family). A part of him just wants to fit in, be successful and enjoy his life. It's something I've really often wanted to see.

The book wasn't perfect. Lois Lane was not a particularly appealing character in this book and there were some other minor things to nitpick at but overall, I was very impressed. The art work is vibrant and beautiful and Straczynski has crafted the most readable superman story I've seen in quite a while. If it's really a one off; it's a shame because I'd love to see where this goes. 4.5 out of 5.
 
Zodboy
Roo wrote:
Any thoughts on Grounded, anyone? So far I'm finding it worthy but a little dull.


I am enjoying "Grounded" so far. I feel like it is a slow build, but I like the fact that this story is slower and earth based. I enjoyed SOME of the New Krypton stuff, but I was ready for a change in direction. JMS is a good writer so I have confidence in him.
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Kal-El23
Just picked up and read 'Superman: Earth One', and I've gotta say that it now is right up there with 'Superman: Birthright' in my opinion. The way JMS explained why Clark wanted to be a reporter was excellent and the artwork was some of the best I've ever seen!! If you haven't read, then I do suggest it.
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a_cunning_disguise
I agree, Earth One was really good.
 
rocketman
The following comment relates to no person in particular simply only what I have noticed overall.
I have noticed on other forums and on the Source people bashing the Grounded storyline. I am probably one of the 3 fans out there of that storyline and it pisses me off when I see people bashing Grounded and "get him back to punching stuff," clearly people out there don't appreciate courage and doing something new with a character. Honestly though he has been around for 70 some years it's hard to do something new and fresh in continuity unlike All Star Superman which was new, inventive and fresh but outside of continuity. Grounded is a story that gets to the heart of who Superman is, he's not some guy who punches stuff and simply saves people he does what he feels every person that lives on this Earth has the obligation to do: help their fellow man. For those of you who don't follow Superman so well he left Earth for some time, actually renounced it, and lived on New Krypton, now after losing his people again and returning to Earth having just renounced it he needs to go cross the country and find out exactly what this place is about and why people deserved to be saved and takes everything back in because you can't appreciate what you have until you lose and he lost Earth. Now he's trying to find it again so that someday he can save it again and so he can teach others not to take everything for granted because someday you may wake up and not have it again.
 
a_cunning_disguise
rocketman wrote:
The following comment relates to no person in particular simply only what I have noticed overall.
I have noticed on other forums and on the Source people bashing the Grounded storyline. I am probably one of the 3 fans out there of that storyline and it pisses me off when I see people bashing Grounded and "get him back to punching stuff," clearly people out there don't appreciate courage and doing something new with a character. Honestly though he has been around for 70 some years it's hard to do something new and fresh in continuity unlike All Star Superman which was new, inventive and fresh but outside of continuity. Grounded is a story that gets to the heart of who Superman is, he's not some guy who punches stuff and simply saves people he does what he feels every person that lives on this Earth has the obligation to do: help their fellow man. For those of you who don't follow Superman so well he left Earth for some time, actually renounced it, and lived on New Krypton, now after losing his people again and returning to Earth having just renounced it he needs to go cross the country and find out exactly what this place is about and why people deserved to be saved and takes everything back in because you can't appreciate what you have until you lose and he lost Earth. Now he's trying to find it again so that someday he can save it again and so he can teach others not to take everything for granted because someday you may wake up and not have it again.


I agree. And I thought #707 was excellent- moved the story on. It has meandered a bit, but I like the basis of the story a lot. He'll get back to punching stuff in a little while I'm sure. We KNOW that eventually he'll do the right thing (probably when Doomsday gets in his face). The journey of how it's getting there interests me.

As an aside, maybe a stupid question, but who are the Superman Squad that showed up at the end?
 
copacetic
I don't care if Superman doesn't "punch stuff" for issues on end. What I DO care about, however, is when completely amateurish writing takes over and makes him do things that are out of character, or treat his supporting cast like they've never been introduced before. They're not characters any more, they're just mouthpieces for random dialogue that absolutely any character could throw out.

And what was with Lois Lane's outfit in #707? I understand you want to dress light if you're trekking out in the country, but that look was just pure fan service - as long as you're a "fan" who gets off on looking at cartoon characters dressing skimpily for no good reason.
 
Superman-Prime 41
I have been enjoying grounded as well, but maybe I'm biased because it was so cool to have Superman where I live last issue in Des Moines, IA! Haha but seriously I think its pretty cool, definitely a character building story arc, to get back in touch with the people of America to remind them that no matter what went down in all the anti-K propaganda that he is still the Man of Steel we all know and love. I'm disappointed that JMS jumped ship, but I still enjoy the book, and as mentioned we know he's gonna be back in action to face Doomsday in the near future and I assume take back over Action Comics in his showdown with Lex in issue #900.
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Ultimus Prime
The Grounded storyline could have been great but it had problems from the get go. It just felt forced to have Supes feel like he has actually forgotten how to connect with the people. if you backtrack he has just lost Pa Kent, found a bunch of new kryptonians to connect to, deal with their issues of xenophobia as well as Earth's fear of them, go into space to try to watch over them, watch all but a few of them die, and then have very little time to greive before some woman basically blames him for her husband dying of cancer like one man's life outweighed superman's own people.

hopefully this gets better but now we got a supes seeing things in shades of gray and threatening lois!
 
King Creole
Not anymore. I'm happy it's coming to an end at last. This whole year was a complete waste. I liked Earth 1, though. I can't believe it was written by the same person. I had so much high hopes for Grounded and it fell flat, at least for me.
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The Flying Fool
I liked the early bits of Grounded and could appreciate what JMS was at least trying to do. But when he started ghost-writing it so he could work on the Earth -1 sequel, it showed in the story quality which is why I stopped reading it.
 
Hypoxic
I only got a couple issues into Grounded before I stopped bothering. The whole idea of Superman trying to reconnect is decent enough, but going for a walk is not necessarily how I think it should be approached.

As someone mentioned earlier, Clark is the portion of the character that attempts to retain a semblance of humanity. It's a lot more interesting, and human, to see Clark hanging out at a baseball game, eating hotdogs and drinking beer, or camping with a few of the guys, or going to a concert, and so on. That's what people do.

It would have been far more intriguing to see Superman travel to other countries and journey among the populace. It was ridiculous to assume Clark would "reconnect with the people" by restricting himself to a stroll across the US. Having him go to Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, the Far North, Vanuatu, Romania, and what have you would have been far more interesting and could have set up far more interesting stories within the overall plot.

Grounded ultimately is a good idea, even a good gesture, but it falls so short it's not worth the paper it's printed on.

It really could have been so much better, but, alas, JMS isn't that great a writer and has limited scope in how he approaches Superman.
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baalroo

>Hypoxic wrote:


I only got a couple issues into Grounded before I stopped bothering. The whole idea of Superman trying to reconnect is decent enough, but going for a walk is not necessarily how I think it should be approached.

As someone mentioned earlier, Clark is the portion of the character that attempts to retain a semblance of humanity. It's a lot more interesting, and human, to see Clark hanging out at a baseball game, eating hotdogs and drinking beer, or camping with a few of the guys, or going to a concert, and so on. That's what people do.

It would have been far more intriguing to see Superman travel to other countries and journey among the populace. It was ridiculous to assume Clark would "reconnect with the people" by restricting himself to a stroll across the US. Having him go to Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, the Far North, Vanuatu, Romania, and what have you would have been far more interesting and could have set up far more interesting stories within the overall plot.

Grounded ultimately is a good idea, even a good gesture, but it falls so short it's not worth the paper it's printed on.

It really could have been so much better, but, alas, JMS isn't that great a writer and has limited scope in how he approaches Superman.


Agree with all of this. I would have much preferred to see an entire year that focused on Clark trying to really be Clark. He and Lois could have taken time off from work and traveled the world, trying to experience other cultures and reconnect with the people of earth on a truly human level.... and occasionally getting into trouble that only a world class reporter and a super man could get back out of. Instead we got Supes trying to reconnect with humanity by creating a PR spectacle and ignoring his wife.
 
supermanofsteel

>rocketman wrote:


The following comment relates to no person in particular simply only what I have noticed overall.
I have noticed on other forums and on the Source people bashing the Grounded storyline. I am probably one of the 3 fans out there of that storyline and it pisses me off when I see people bashing Grounded and "get him back to punching stuff," clearly people out there don't appreciate courage and doing something new with a character.


I'm not one of those people who wants to see Superman "back to punching stuff". But while I understand and appreciate what Straczynski TRIED to accomplish, having good intentions doesn't change the fact that "Grounded" was horribly executed and poorly written.
 
Victory-Prime
earth one does seem interesting. but, to me, it's yet another revamp. it's seems to be the trend these days.
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