|"Superman/Batman" #8||"Superman/Batman" #9|
Do it again of course.
DC Comics' "Superman/Batman" may not be selling at the same levels of "Batman," despite being one of the most consistently high selling comics in North America, but writer Jeph Loeb isn't worried. As he explained to CBR News in the third part of CBR's Superman celebration, Loeb approaches the book with a singular focus.
"I would hope that people would think that this book is about having fun," says Loeb of the series that brings together the two most popular superheroes in the world. "We set out to create something that showed the relationship between the two greatest heroes in the DCU and quite possibly all of comicdom. What grew out of that was a chance to tell really big stories like they did in the first 100 issues of the 'Fantastic Four' and Morrison did in the 'JLA.' Our first arc dealt with the end of the Luthor Presidency and our next arc, with Michael Turner is called 'The Supergirl From Krypton' -- so evidently we're reaching for some fairly high water marks."
|Art from "Superman/Batman" #8, Page 11, now in stores.|
The obvious question when talking to Loeb about the upcoming Supergirl story in "Superman/Batman" is why create a new Supergirl? From Peter David's Linda, to the Silver age Supergirl who David temporarily returned to the DCU and even Steven Seagle's Cir-El, it would seem there were other options for Loeb. "I'd feel more comfortable having that conversation after the story comes out -- and comes out in its entirety. Suffice to say that I had a story I wanted to tell, DC and specifically Dan Didio and Eddie Berganza championed it -- we got Michael Turner and the rest is 'S/B #8-13!' I do think longtime fans will be happy -- and hope that those folks just joining us will see how much fun this book is and stick around for the next arc!"
Also appearing in the story is Wonder Woman, who plays a prominent role and as Loeb explains, add a very unique presence to the "World's Finest." "She's the other one in the Big Three. There aren't any others in the Big Three. In fact, there aren't a lot of characters who can look Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman in the eye and not have some reaction, usually starting with awe. But, they don't see each other that way. They're each the best at what they do, each seek to find Justice, but each has their own way of going about it. The circumstances of the story bring them together and apart on this issue and we'll see how that winds up."
|"Superman/Batman" #8, Page 12|
No one's about to complain about the sales on "Superman/Batman," as it is DC's top selling comic book, but regardless of the buzz the series has generated, some online personalities have deemed the series too "light" or "silver age," referring to comics from the sixties and seventies that were skewed to younger audiences. "They're great characters and I'm very lucky that folks are responding. I think the sales speak for themselves. I'm not buying all those comics and I've told my Mom to stop doing that, so somebody must be enjoying the show. [laughs] Have I made an effort to tell a certain kind of story that will appeal to a larger audience? Yes. Will that skew younger for some? Sure. But, I just got tired -- and Eddie agreed -- with reading comics where the hero takes off his mask and talks about something for 5 issues until they finally hit something in the sixth so it can be collected as a trade! I like the trades -- I like our five or six issue arcs -- but I'm hoping that if you miss an issue you are saying to yourself -- Damn! I missed a good time. I like secret identities. I like knock down drag out fights. I also like a good mystery and a good misdirect."
Having worked on Superman and his mythos since the late nineties, Jeph Loeb has told some very important and well-received tales of the Man of Steel. Some fans even consider Loeb the current caretaker of the Last Son of Krypton. But Loeb, humble about his accomplishments, says, "Gosh... you make it sound like I've been working on it from another era!" he laughs. "All the way back to the nineties, huh! Superman then, and still does, amaze me. He teaches me to be the best at what I can do and that's about all anybody can ask of you."
|"Superman/Batman" #8, Page 14|
If you do see Jeph Loeb at one of the big conventions this summer, be warned- there is a dress code in effect! "With Jim Lee coming on board, more 'Smallville,' a movie in the works -- and the success of 'Superman/Batman,' I look forward to the convention season where folks will be wearing their 'S' with pride!"