So, it begins this week...JMS is taking Kal on a hard-travelin' hero journey across the country to reconnect after losing...again!...his people. Will it be awesome or cringe-y...or both? Let's take the trip together!
Since the trip is starting in my hometown of Philly (well, I was a burb boy, but still), I'll definitely be walking the first leg. I've got fairly high hopes, actually. Whatever the storyline's setup, it'll be a series of short stories where Superman is more on a human level and less on a one-more-superhero-beating-the-snot-out-of-one-more supervillain level. Some simple, heartfelt, and hopefully entertaining Superman stories. I'm in, at least for now.
It's interesting that Kal and Lex are both leaving Metropolis on journeys of self-discovery...sure, Lex's is more about finding more power, but still. And the human character is going into the cosmos while the superhero is walking from town to town. Maybe at the same time Lex is talking with Death, Kal can be talking with a goth chick in Columbus, Ohio. And only we'd know that they were talking to the same entity at the same time.
This storyline might well become one of the great fondly remembered ones, but I don't see the current market going for it.
.... unless JMS finds some way of including betrayal, death, the Gummint being mean to everyone, aliens getting their brains blown out and loved ones crawling out of their graves.
We'll have to see to what extent DC hold their nerve if sales start going down. This story would seem to be close to JMS's heart, and DC don't have a lot of superstar (or near superstar, like JMS) writers on their books at the moment.
So they've said it will run for a year? The last year-long Superman story felt like an eternity to the readers, from what I could gather, and worlds lived and died in that one!
JMS's Thor would have been gob-smackingly slow in monthly form, but it was a good read when collected, and had its own tempo. There will be much moaning if this has the same pace. There's something 'off' that the storytelling is such a hostage to the monthly market.
Don't know yet. I suspect it'll be worked out that he's covering his own walk across America.
I doubt the walk will take a year, DC-time. From what I can tell, real people planning to walk across the country seem to plan for about 6 months. Even walking at a normal pace, I imagine Superman could do it in two, just because he's tireless.