COMICS: The Death Of Ma And Pa Kent Revealed In Lettered ACTION COMICS #17 Preview

COMICS: The Death Of Ma And Pa Kent Revealed In Lettered ACTION COMICS #17 Preview

In Grant Morrison's penultimate issue of his run on Action Comics (on sale this Wednesday), how exactly Ma and Pa Kent died in "The New 52" continuity is finally revealed. "Never give up the fight to make this world a better place, son..."

In the penultimate chapter to writer Grant Morrison's critically acclaimed run, the Man of Steel faces one of his greatest opponents yet and prepares for a battle that spans not only time and space but imagination itself!

Pencils & Cover by RAGS MORALES

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Filed Under "DC Comics" 2/19/2013 Source: io9
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shamo - 2/19/2013, 6:51 PM
that hack Morrison is still writin comics? get him outta here already
RyGoR - 2/19/2013, 6:52 PM
I wish I had superman's powers...
RyGoR - 2/19/2013, 6:53 PM
Agreed shamo^
thorhulk77 - 2/19/2013, 6:57 PM
Morrison is good...
juwono - 2/19/2013, 7:02 PM
he is good, but he went too far...

i love rags art!!
MJPETTY7 - 2/19/2013, 7:08 PM
Hate Morrison's work outside of JLA & All-Star Superman... I really wish that he would just leave already. I know he is, but he should right now...

I hope this gets fixed. Clark should have his parents to go home to when he needs them. At least fix this before you go Morrison, otherwise Diggle should.
TheSuperguy - 2/19/2013, 7:08 PM
Is Morrison's reign of terror finally over? Now, only one more month before H'EL ON EARTH is over. Then maybe we'll get some good Superman comics...
GarthRanzz - 2/19/2013, 7:12 PM
Very true to the silver age.
deanwilkins - 2/19/2013, 7:13 PM
So wait... Morrison is essentially ripping off Spider-Man's origin with Uncle Ben? Not exactly, but same idea...

I'm glad I dropped this title.
jarel93 - 2/19/2013, 7:17 PM
Brail1975 - 2/19/2013, 7:22 PM
What is the point in starting over if they are just going to rehash old plots? I hate this new 52 and Marvel Now stuff.
JatevinM - 2/19/2013, 7:25 PM
Why are people acting like Superman should be exempt from loss? What makes him so special that he deserves to have Ma and Pa Kent more than anyone else in the DCU deserves to have their loved one retured from the dead.
bazinga85 - 2/19/2013, 7:34 PM
"With great power, comes great responsibility."
Or am I at the wrong place?
CouchTater - 2/19/2013, 7:35 PM
I wish I had the power to turn back time and reset the DCU to pre new 52. I've tried my best to like it but am rapidly losing interest.
TheFox - 2/19/2013, 7:37 PM
Ugh. Does Pa Kent HAVE to literally TELL HIM what to do with his amazing powers and abilities? Was it necessary to make Clark's mission as Superman nothing more than the dictates of his father, rather than the life he chose for himself? Hell, even Peter Parker CHOSE to use his powers to save people as Spider-Man-- he may have been guilted into it by the death of his uncle, but it was still his decision!

Well, Morrison's time in superhero comicdom is soon over, so I don't have much to complain about. And all things considered, Morrison's stint on Action wasn't that bad-- when it stuck to linear storytelling and steered clear of pointless jaunts into the future or into alternate universes. So I'll chalk this one up as a win for Grant... while spitting venom at his Batman run every chance I get.

Bon voyage, Grant. You may be missed, but (at least as far as Batman is concerned) certainly not by me.

ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 2/19/2013, 7:42 PM
awwwwwwww, poor clark.
MJPETTY7 - 2/19/2013, 7:45 PM
@JatevinM He had his whole home planet blow up dude... He knows loss. Our issue is that the Kents have always been an important part of Clark being Superman (not just becoming, being). Unfortunately, Morrison doesn't see it this way and killed them off before he became Superman. It's stupid and we're mad because it's stupid.
BobGarlen - 2/19/2013, 7:46 PM
you know, my only real complaint is that instead of a natural causes situation there had to be tragedy by car wreck or whatever that is
ralfinader - 2/19/2013, 7:48 PM
At least this Pa Kent doesn't sound like the type to say "Maybe" when it comes to saving people.
CavEl - 2/19/2013, 7:49 PM
@ MJPetty - Pa Kent always dies, he died in the Golden, Silver, Bronze...

And now in the Platinum age, Pa Kent is supposed to represent Superman learning humility. Learning that his powers can't protect everyone he loves, that even he can fail. So no, neither Diggle nor Morrison should bring back Pa. But...Morrison just told us that Ma is still alive...Guess everyone skipped over that.
CavEl - 2/19/2013, 7:50 PM
Anyway, bring on the Diggle.
RamonSuarez - 2/19/2013, 7:53 PM
LOL. So Morrison's entire plan for updating Superman is to make his origin story more like Spiderman's? Wow. Pa Kent should have as well told Peter mean Clark Kent that with great power comes great responsibility.

Anyway, RIP, Pa Kent. You raised the greatest hero popular fiction has ever known.
CavEl - 2/19/2013, 7:54 PM
Here comes that tool SteveRogersSon to be a tool.

@ MJPETTY - Nope, Ma and Pa were dead up till John Bryne's reboot of the character in '86. Them being alive has never been a part of the Superman mythos up till that point. You can say a lot about Morrison, but he knows Comic history better than most people. The only guy I think that's as well verse in comic history as Grant Morrison is Geoff Johns.
RamonSuarez - 2/19/2013, 7:59 PM
No more BS about how Marvel rips of DC anymore. DC's entire strategy since the Bronze Age has been to "Marvelize" their entire roster with hack work like this.
CavEl - 2/19/2013, 8:05 PM
@ RamonSuarez - What you call "Marvelize", most people would call humanize. Did Marvel TM the idea of giving heroes a sense of relatablity and personal lose? Because I believe Batman was the first guy who saw his family killed in front of him...

Didn't know Marvel created Batman. -_-
RamonSuarez - 2/19/2013, 8:07 PM
Why do artists like Morrison feel the need to so radically imagine this enduring and epic a mythology? Is making Superman more like Spiderman really going to make the character more special or is it going to distract from the uniqueness of his mythology? I don't like the angsty Superman who has to lose family members to remind him to do the right thing. Let Spiderman being Spiderman and let Superman be Superman.
lucio7lopez - 2/19/2013, 8:09 PM
Grant Morrison rules the world in Action Comics and Batman Incorporated!!! I'll miss mr. morrison in the DC Universe.
Minato - 2/19/2013, 8:13 PM

RamonSuarez - 2/19/2013, 8:13 PM

"Did Marvel TM the idea of giving heroes a sense of relatablity and personal lose?"

Pretty much. They were the first comic brand who gave us flawed, imperfect characters who were human in their foibles during the 1960s. Whether they were a once vain but fallen god like Thor, an angst ridden nerd like Spiderman, or an enraged man like The Hulk, Marvel set the standard for today's imperfect superheroes.

"Because I believe Batman was the first guy who saw his family killed in front of him..."

It wasn't until the Bronze Age when the psychological trauma Bruce's childhood tragedy was explored with any depth. If you look at the old Bob Kane Batman up through the Silver Age he was a relatively one-dimensional character who was happy when fighting crime.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 2/19/2013, 8:16 PM
ugh, fanboys bitching over the kents dying? bitch please, the kents were always dead till john byrne rebooted superman in the 80s, and pa kent did the same shit telling clark to be a hero right before he died.... IN THE [frick]ING 1960s, nothing new here. ugh, damn you whiny bitches for making defend superman, i am not even a fan.
RamonSuarez - 2/19/2013, 8:21 PM

LOL. You don't mean the Kents, you mean the Parkers' right? I mean that couldn't have been Pa Kent dying in those panels - he was about to tell Peter that with great power comes great responsibility.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 2/19/2013, 8:35 PM

lol, no it's the kents and it probably came out before spiderman's first issue. i remember it well bcos the kents died a bizarre [frick]ed up death while on vacation and pa kent tells clark to believe in humanity and save people and all that good shit right before he died. that was canon until byrne's reboot. mr morrison here is pulling the same shit he does all the time stealthily and brilliantly repackage golden age stories for the modern age.

all this knowledge thanks to a nerdy older bro who was a super hardcore superman fanboy.
CavEl - 2/19/2013, 8:43 PM
@ RamonSuarez - No, DC heroes were the original heroes and they certainly weren't the polish character they became in the silver age. Superman was original a hot head in the comics, the comic code of conduct forced him to change into the boyscout. The difference between DC heroes and Marvel heroes is that when DC followed the code, Marvel and Stan Lee did not. In fact, Stan Lee, at one point in time, stopped getting approved by the code because he refused to follow it. That's why Marvel heroes are come off as "flawed" while DC heroes are more morally whole.

Batman has always been a vengeful protector of the night and even sported a gun at one point. Batman was so dark that DC was going to cancel his books in the early 40s, Bob Kane took away Batman's edge and gave him more visually appealing attributes (shorter ears, not as dark as he once was and a colorful youngester in the sidekick Robin) so that he can appeal to kids. The Silver Age Batman's camp came from Adam West's influence on the character. Adam West made Batman into DC's number one hero and the comics tried to emulate West's Batman.
Durf - 2/19/2013, 8:45 PM
Hey Morrison, Stan Lee called. He wants you to stop ripping him off! Jesus, why did you stop short? Why didn't you just have, I mean Jonathan say "With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility?" What a [frick]ing hack!
RamonSuarez - 2/19/2013, 8:46 PM

Let me explain it to you. Everyone who knows what knows the basic difference between Superman's origin and Spiderman's. One was indirectly involved with the death of his father figure/uncle in a way that informed his decision to be a hero (Spiderman) the other wasn't (Superman). Now what Morrison did was to take from the former's origin to update the latter's by making the young Clark feel existential guilt over not being able to stop his parent's death.
RamonSuarez - 2/19/2013, 8:46 PM

CavEl - 2/19/2013, 8:47 PM
@ SteveRogersSon - I'm not even a Morrison fan, I don't know why you keep harassing me. I've been celebrating Andy Diggle's take since it was announced, I have no opinion on Morrison. I don't like him and I don't love him, I just don't care either way.


RamonSuarez - 2/19/2013, 8:49 PM
@ToTheManInTheColdSweat -

The difference being that the young, pre-Superman Clark never felt guilt over not being able to stop his parents' death before Morrison Marvelized his origin ala Spiderman.
CavEl - 2/19/2013, 8:59 PM
@ RamonSuarez - Morrison did it first, huh?

Superman 1978; Young Clark: All those things I can do. All those powers. And I couldn't even save him.

@ RogersSOn - Yeah, I never said I hated him, I just never understood why you act like I'm his biggest fan. -_-
RamonSuarez - 2/19/2013, 9:00 PM
@JaketheSuperguy -

You're simplifying the difference. The difference is that during the Golden Age (before the comic code) Superman's and Batman's temper or violent solutions to fighting crime were never seen as personal or moral failings - in fact they were morally condoned in a very unrealistic way. That was the difference between Marvel's realistic approach. If Batman threw a criminal off a building there wasn't a consideration of how such unchecked power could affect society the way Lee did by reminding Spiderman "with great power comes great responsibility". If Golden Age Superman had a bad temper, no writer ever considered the affect that rage had on his personal life - he just managed to live a normal, mild mannered like as Clark Kent. Compare this to character like the Hulk - who constantly struggled to control his inner violence and temper because of how it would affect his relationship with Betty Ross.
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