Another thing that disappointed me is that we'd already seen a scene between Superman and a jumper recently, in All-Star Superman -- one of my favorite Superman scenes ever, as a matter of fact. Not saying that this one didn't make it a little dusty in the room, but I couldn't help but compare.
What about Steinbeck? Or Johnny Appleseed? Or Easy Rider? Or Kerouac? Or Pee-Wee Herman?
I found part one of “Grounded” to be very well-written, yet very artificial… “artificial” in the sense that all of the supporting characters are two-dimensional for Superman to play against and the events are compressed to fit in a neat little literary package. It is very obviously fiction, which perhaps seems an odd comment to make considering we’re talking about a super-powered flying alien from outer space. On the other hand, perhaps it is because we’re dealing with a super-powered flying alien from outer space that JMS has (apparently, to my eyes) chosen to abandon the artifice of trying to present frame this story in “reality”.
For me, it works. See ya next issue.