Two weeks ago, I did two DCnU reviews. I reviewed SUPERMAN #1, and then I had the Resident Kid review FLASH #1.
What I didn't mention was that the Resident Kid, soon to be the Resident Teen, also read SUPERMAN #1 and had an opinion of it. When I met with Budjette Tan of at the TRESE booksigning this past weekend, he asked if I were planning to do more reviews from the Resident Kid, as he is the supposed target market.
So, without further ado, this is my memory of our conversation about SUPERMAN #1.
Me: What'd you think?
Kid: It was okay. Superman's a little mean in it.
Kid: Yeah, even as Clark. He doesn't really come off as Superman to me. He's not nice enough.
Me: Yeah, that's one of the things they're doing. They're trying to make him cooler and more badass.
Me: I dunno. You're the target market. You tell me. Wouldn't that be more appealing to teenagers?
Kid: I don't think so. I mean, it's Superman.
Me: What's Superman to you?
Kid: It should be like the Superman on JUSTICE LEAGUE (the cartoon). The guy with the heart of gold who would never let anyone die.
Me: How would you rate this against FLASH #1?
Kid: Well, this is much, much better. I read FLASH in 3 minutes. I read this in 20. I might even go back to it. Much better.
Me: What do you think of the ending?
Kid: What about the ending?
Me: The romantic subplot. Does it interest you?
Kid: No, not really.
Me: What kind of ending would interest you?
Kid: Superman saving the day, and then a new threat looms on the horizon. That would be good. More exciting.
Me: What did you think of the art?
Kid: I think it's good. Better than FLASH.
Me: You know that George Perez did the layouts?
Kid: What does that mean?
Me: It means he planned out the entire thing, put the characters where they're supposed to be, and then left it to someone else to finish the art.
Kid: Oh. Why didn't he just do the whole thing then?
Me: Would that have made it better?
Kid: Yeah. Much better.
Me: Should I get the second issue?
Kid: Yeah. This is good. I think it's worth it. I'd read it.