It’s not totally correct to say that Tremendous Right here For… is DCComics.com’s Superman column. I imply, it’s, however that’s not all it’s. Tremendous Right here For… is historically a column about Superman and his adventures throughout the better DC Universe. It’s a column that embraces and celebrates the continuity between the varied Tremendous-Household titles, and that seeks to spotlight necessary occasions on the planet of Superman that you just may not concentrate on if you happen to’re not studying each guide.

That’s what Tremendous Right here For… sometimes is, however as I don’t must inform you, these aren’t typical instances. There presently aren’t any in-universe Superman comics being printed. Nonetheless, that’s to not say there aren’t new Superman comics. You simply received’t discover them in print.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow is a part of DC’s new wave of Digital First titles, which means they’re launched digitally earlier than they hit comedian retailers. It’s written by Robert Venditti, who’s additionally presently writing Justice League (so in different phrases, Supes is in excellent fingers) and drawn by Paul Pelletier. And whereas it doesn’t tie in to what Brian Michael Bendis is doing with Superman and Motion Comics, it has the whole lot you’re keen on concerning the Man of Metal—large-scale motion, witty Lois Lane banter, excessive stakes and a hopeful message. Briefly, it’s an ideal Superman comedian that manages to face alone fairly properly.

For somebody who loves DC’s superhero universe and writes a column about shared continuity, I’ve a grimy little confession to make—I’m not at all times an enormous fan of it. Don’t get me incorrect, when executed effectively, continuity is superb. It looks like these tales we’re so invested in are a part of one thing greater and much more necessary. But it surely’s additionally a barrier to entry to new followers. The newest concern of Motion Comics featured a visitor look by Younger Justice. It was tons of enjoyable for these of us who’re conversant in the workforce and know that Bendis can also be presently writing a Younger Justice sequence, however it may be irritating for newer or extra informal followers who might solely learn Superman comics and who may not even know who Younger Justice is. (And let’s be trustworthy, buddies, the truth that there’s a DC animated sequence of the identical identify that has completely nothing to do with the comedian doesn’t make issues any simpler to know.)

To be clear, I’m not saying that having Younger Justice present up in Motion Comics was the incorrect factor to do. Simply that a few of the issues that talk to longtime followers may flip newer followers off. Leaning too deep into continuity could make comics much less accessible and tougher for brand spanking new readers to get into, and that’s actually not good for anybody in the long run.

Which is why is why it’s nice to have comics that may communicate to each sorts of followers, and that brings me again to Superman: Man of Tomorrow.

If you wish to get technical, I’m unsure the guide is out of continuity, however it’s positive not tied to all of it that a lot. Superman’s secret id remains to be very a lot beneath wraps within the first concern. Lex Luthor appears human and not one of the latest Apex Lex craziness appears to have taken place. The supporting solid is all fairly well-known—Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White and Lex Luthor. It’s all acquainted territory to anybody who is aware of Superman, however it’s efficient and better of all, it may be loved by new followers or longtime ones in equal measure.

Plus, I couldn’t assist however discover how effectively the story resonates proper now.

In Superman: Man of Tomorrow #1, a famished Parasite drains energy from all of Metropolis, inflicting a city-wide blackout. Residents are scared and panicking, unsure of what’s taking place and the way they’ll get by it, and Superman should come to grips with the truth that he can’t assist them and likewise cease Parasite. However what he realizes, what he at all times realizes, is that when issues are at their worst, one of the best individuals {that a} metropolis can flip to isn’t a workforce of super-powered heroes—it’s themselves.

There’s one line on that web page that basically stands out to me, and I can’t assist however apply it to proper now. It’s Superman’s comment about how “if everybody takes care of somebody, then everybody can be taken care of.”

It’s such a candy, humane sentiment. We will not be in a blackout, however we’re in a disaster of a unique kind and I’m reminded of how so many individuals proper now are checking in on family and friends they haven’t seen or spoken to shortly, ensuring they’re okay. We’re listening to about individuals delivering meals to older neighbors. Landlords waiving lease. Small enterprise homeowners forgoing their salaries to have the ability to pay their staff. Comedian followers and creators elevating cash to maintain their native comedian retailers afloat. Briefly, it’s a tough time and persons are scared, however we’re looking for one another, and we didn’t even want Superman to inform us to do it.

I’m not going to say that Superman: Man of Tomorrow is the proper pandemic learn or something like that, however it’s a pleasant reminder of the great we’re able to doing for one another. That’s a welcome message anytime, however now particularly. And coming in a standalone guide that’s accessible to everybody, possibly just a few extra individuals who actually need to listen to that hopeful message proper now will get to.

Positive, that’s aspirational, however that’s what Superman is, proper?
 

Tim Beedle covers films, TV and comics for DCComics.com, writes our month-to-month Superman column, “Tremendous Right here For…”, and is a daily contributor to the Sofa Membership, our weekly tv column. Search for him on Twitter at @Tim_Beedle.