As a reader who doesn't buy everything (unfortunately, neither money nor comics grow on trees), I'm not current with all of the major and minor developments in the Marvel and DC Universe, and am often startled by an offhand remark (What? Loki became male "again"?
Green Lantern quits the Justice League, and Green Arrow -- who is newly wed to Black Canary -- joins him, choosing his best friend over his wife
? The Parasite impersonated Lois Lane
and Superman couldn't tell? Nightcrawler is dead? Colossus is dead? The Wasp is dead?
Mockingbird is alive?
The question has even been raised, why do I care?
I care because I do, and that's good enough for me.
Anyway, here are some questions about other developments that have passed me by:
* Through excursions into the discount bins
, I've picked up many (but not all) of the past two years' worth of the Superman titles, featuring the New Krypton saga. Although the reviews here are mixed
, I've liked them and certainly feel like I got my money's worth (although I did pay only 50 cents each for most of them).
Anyway, the storyline called for Superman to live on New Krypton for a year -- so how was Clark Kent's absence explained?
* A similar question for the Batman titles. Batman is believed dead, seemingly killed during some interminable crossover I had no interest in reading. We readers know now that he was lost in time. But how was Bruce Wayne's absence from Gotham, his business and his jet-set life explained?
* Every now and then, I see something on the newsstand with the title "Son of Hulk." I know, you're thinking I'd say, "What? The Hulk has a son? " No. my question is, "What? The Hulk has an ADULT son? How can THAT be? I know there was something about the Hulk getting shot off into space and becoming a warlord on some planet or somesuch, but that was just within the past couple of years -- in Marvel Universe time, about six weeks ago. So how can the Hulk's kid be more than a toddler?
I appreciate any and all answers, especially if they are kept simple; I don't want to divert any headache medicine from Louisiana if I can help it.