Welcome back to another edition of Top 5 Fridays. If you have kept up with comic news, you should know the conclusion to The Dark Knight Returns series of books written by Frank Miller will finally finish after 30 years in the making. One major concept that has been tied throughout the books is the conflict between Batman and Superman. Where most enjoy the conflict, others take the time to critic them on how they are portrayed. While Superman is painted as a dimwit puppet being controlled by the government, Batman is painted as a practical self made god, but also a psychotic one. It actually made me think of all the different versions of the characters that have appeared in their histories. With The Dark Knight: Master Race coming out in two weeks, I felt we should cover these two major players and how they are portrayed across many different stories. Today we'll be covering the Top 5 versions of the Man of Steel. As per usual, this is my list and I haven't read every Superman comic so if you don't see your favorite, I apologize. Enough talk! Lets begin!
5: The Dark Knight Returns Superman
4: Gods and Monsters Superman
3: Red Son Superman
2: Kingdom Come Superman
What I mean by that is when you get down to brass tacks on how he went about handling the new wave of heroes, it was a bit wrong. He locked them up and tried to rehabilitate them himself. No help from the government, STAR labs or anyone. He just grabbed them, locked them up, and hoped for the best.
This isn't to say he is villainous, he admits what the League is doing to the new wave is wrong, but what else can he do? He admits to his mistake and then agrees to now work WITH humanity as an equal rather than a god. This is a deep Superman who will always be there to help.
1: All-Star Superman
That's it for this week's Top 5 Friday! What is your favorite version of the Man of Steel? Leave a comment, and I'll see you next time when we get dark with the Dark Knight!