What might’ve once been considered an okay plot does not work well when you have somebody as disrespectful as Brian Bendis and Greg Rucka happen to be running the show. Comic Book reported:
For decades, people have wondered about the man behind the Man of Steel, hoping to find out the true identity of Superman. And while Lex Luthor, Bruce Wayne, and countless other characters have managed to deduce the character’s identity, Clark Kent has managed to stay one step ahead of everyone so far. But now, the new solicits indicate that Kent is taking his fate into his own hands in future storylines, with the comic books Lois Lane and Superman indicating that he’ll finally come clean to the denizens of Metropolis.
The 18th Superman story Bendis wrote seems to go by this, but for now, what’s eyebrow raising is – denizens?!? I can only guess… the city’s destroyed or teleported to some other dimension? Oh, who cares? With Bendis at the helm, you know something’s bound to go wrong. Also, while Lex Luthor may have figured out Clark Kent was Superman in the early 2000s, a rival villain may have erased that knowledge soon after.
Then, here’s the Lois Lane story by Rucka where it becomes clearer what’s going to happen:
Someone wanting to kill Lois Lane is nothing new for the famed reporter, but is it because of something she knows or something she’s about to uncover? Plus, this issue ties to the events of December’s Superman #18 and the gigantic status quo shift for both Lois and her husband, Superman, when the Man of Steel decides to reveal his identity to the world.
Under shoddy writers like these, it can only rate as worthless. Even if exposure of the secret lasts longer than it did for Spider-Man when Peter Parker unmasked during Civil War, a crossover Bendis was involved in, he is so full of contempt for fandom, there’s no point in considering this worth buying. Besides, Iron Man unmasked over 15 years ago when Mike Grell penned his botched run, and it made no genuine impression on anyone, and was abandoned since. Just think: First, in a wretched story by David Goyer 8 years ago, Supes gives up his US citizenship. Now, he gives up his secret ID behind the glasses.
Maybe the idea of Superman and his sidekicks dropping their secret IDs could have potential. But not under writers as undeserving of their jobs as Bendis and Rucka happen to be.
Originally published here.