Back! After only a year absence! Thank heaven for prison overcrowding, that’s all I’m saying. Also, Skullfish! Call me! What we had was magical! – Lance
UPDATE: DC responds – “As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.” Translation – “Card already cashed the check, so we’re damn well going to use the stuff he wrote.”
Anyway, in their ongoing effort to make comics inclusive, DC has hired noted gay rights enthusiast Orson Scott Card to write Adventures of Superman. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve read a lot of Card’s work. Ender’s Game is a sci-fi staple and deserving of a place in any classics bookshelf. It was real eye-opening when I learned that Card is just a bit homophobic. And by a bit, I mean extremely. And by extremely, I mean he looks at Westboro Baptist and sneers, “Amateurs…”
Card’s a talented writer, and I don’t blame DC for trying to bring in a name. Plenty of other books have boosted sales by hiring big name as writers. The results are… inconsistent (I’m looking at you Bourdain), but hey, it puts eyes on pages. And if Card is writing fiction, his personal beliefs don’t necessarily have to be relevant.
That said, Superman represents what’s best in all of us. He fought the Klan in the 1940’s. He protects the weak from the strong. I like to think that he wouldn’t tell Batwoman or Alan Scott to get lost because they’re sinners.
Maybe the Card is capable of writing a brilliant Superman story that lets me forget what a tool he is. I’m not real optimistic though. Still it will be refreshing for Superman to finally tell Jimmy Olsen to sack the hell up.
The Card-authored Adventures of Superman #1 drops online on April 29 and in print on May 29.