Was the Superman Blue (Electric Powers) Comic Book Story Good? (Great Debate)

While Superman’s powers had gone through a variety of changes over the years since 1938, the fundamental nature of the Man of Steel had always remained the same. That was no longer the case (officially) starting from “Superman #123,” which hit comic store shelves in March 1997. Everything you knew about Superman’s powers, abilities, and appearance became comic book history as DC brought us the new Superman – The Man Beyond Tomorrow! But was the story any good?

In the latest instalment of our “Great Debate” feature, we ask the question…

Was the Superman Blue (Electric Powers) Comic Book Story Good?

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Who do you agree with?

Many thanks to our Great Debaters – Mario Bennese and Marc Lax.

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VladimirAlpha1993
September 22, 2022 10:38 am

With the benefit of hindsight, I can say that the story itself wasn’t really that bad (it can’t be worse than the unmitigated disaster that was Superman: Truth). The problem is that DC tried to tease fans with the possibility that this change would be permanent.

Things never stay the same in comic books, I get it, but this change was too radical even for Superman. I can appreciate the saga of the electric Superman as a fun story and as an expression of creativity but, let’s face it, this is just a footnote in the long history of Superman.

Calvin Ellis
September 23, 2022 11:49 pm

I actually loved the Superman blue storyline but at the time felt it would’ve worked much better with Conner and now Jon showing what would happen if you mix a kryptonian with a human. But loved the suit and symbol. Also Grsnt Morrison did some amazing work with Superman blue in his JLA run.