Sunday, April 12, 2015
This cover brings to mind one of my favorite Superman stories ever - and it isn't from a comic book. "Hereafter" is a two-episode saga from the Justice League animated series, and it really showcased a lot of what I love about the character. Superman is seemingly vaporized in a battle with a villain and the JLA has to deal with the loss of the Man of Steel - and with Lobo, who wants to be his replacement (this two-parter is also notable in that it is one of the few times I have enjoyed that particular character). In actuality, Superman has been transported to the distant future, where he finds himself powerless. Through sheer determination and an alliance with a now-reformed Vandal Savage, he attempts to return to his own time. It's a great story that reminds the viewer that Superman is much more than just his powers.