So I read this when I was, what, seven? And I never thought it was a good story. Ever. It served no purpose. Of course, back then, I didn't know what porno was. Basically, in the previous issue, Barda and Superman had been captured by a mind-controlling monster from Apokolips named Sleez. Who then forces them to make a porno.
Now, then, Mr. Miracle, Barda's husband, saves them, and when Sleez uses his powers on her, what happens?
Okay, to put it into context here, Big Barda was also trained by Granny Goodness. So basically, the only real difference is that she's a woman. Who can't resist mind control. Because she really wants to cheat on her husband.
Let's also not even mention the fact (too late) that Jack Kirby created Big Barda after his wife Roz. As you can imagine, he did not like this story.
But then, did Superman and Barda ever make that porno, really? Well, according to John Byrne:
JB: If you want it to be a porno flick, it was a porno flick. If you don't, it wasn't! (8/31/2005)
All right, unfortunately, if you don't want it to be a porno flick, then you have to reconcile the sequence earlier in the issue, when DARKSEID, LORD OF APOKOLIPS AND THE ULTIMATE EVIL, actually goes to Mr. Miracle to furnish him a copy of the videotape because he feels responsibility for the crap Sleez does.
And Mr. Miracle's reaction?
Guys, the problem with it not being a porno is that it makes it worse.
Also, you have to consider this scene from the previous comic, when we first see Barda under Sleez's control.
And seriously, I wouldn't be surprised if Sleez was doing stuff to Barda, too.
Over on Say It Backwards, a reader named Damian defended the story with this.
This is a fantastic story, Superman's John Byrne was probably the best period of the character. After all the changes on DC, comic books were not just for children, c'mon....
To which I responded with:
Anyone who defends this story by saying "comic books are not just for children" and not realize we're talking about SUPERMAN is part of the reason why children no longer read comic books in the masses that they used to - because people like you drove them away and keep them away, just to see things like Superman making a porno.
So congratulations, John Byrne. To the "one-trick pony" Alan Moore, a "mature audience" meant using the issues of sex and seediness to provoke thought. To you, a more mature audience meant you could put Superman in a porno was a good idea. I commend your maturity