10 Superman stories with endings that make no sense


For more than 80 years, Superman has remained an enduring American icon and a symbol of hope for all. Despite his popularity, not all of the stories were an All-Star success for the character. Having had its highs and lows already, there remains a treasure trove of ill-planned endings that either undermine an otherwise great story or hammer out the failures of a miserable man.

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Any writer can make questionable decisions or outright mistakes when it comes to character arcs. This isn’t a criticism of the ability, but rather a sweet rib of a few less than perfect moments.

ten Red Son is ruined by the exhibition

Superman son red

Superman: red son, created and written by Mark Millar with art from Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett, is hands down the best Superman Elseworlds solo story DC has ever released. Built on the simple principle of “What if Superman was raised in the Soviet Union?” The comic examines the ripple effects this idea would have on both the DC Universe and Superman’s core identity.

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However, at the last minute, this wonderful story betrays its character-driven backstory by dumping a bunch of exhibits on the reader, which details how this Earth Superman was not sent here from Krypton, but from the distant future. where the planet’s sun has aged. in red giant. It also makes Superman a descendant of Lex Luthor and… of Lois Lane.

9 Electric blue is not enough

After killing him and giving him a radical ’90s mule, DC was running out of ideas to boost sales of their flagship character. In a final attempt to do so, the company asked writer Dan Jurgens – along with artists Ron Frenz and Joe Rubinstein – to completely change Superman’s power. They also provided her with a sleek new suit finished with the classic attributes of the era, including a Gambit-style sock of X-Men fame. After a lengthy adventure where Superman tackles his newfound abilities, the arc ends with an incredibly bizarre scene of Dr. Manhattan-blue Clark Kent appearing in front of his parents as he proclaims how important the changes are. Her parents, echoing what DC likely hoped the reader’s feelings would be, praise the new look as Kal flies away.

8 For Tomorrow presents a convoluted plot

Superman 205 Jim Lee

Brain Azzarello is one of the most controversial writers in comic book history. Having written divisive series about both Lex Luthor and the Joker, he’s no newbie to criticism for his portrayals of established characters. In 2004 he worked with Jim Lee on Superman: for tomorrow – a comic that tried to place the aging character in a modern context. He also had to deal with the reintroduction of General Zod in post-crisis continuity.

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Sadly, these lofty aspirations are thwarted by a bizarre and convoluted plot on a paradise country inside the Phantom Zone, including a General Zod who looks more comfortable being played by Trevor Slattery than by Terence Stamp.

7 At Earth’s End presents Santa Claus Superman

Superman at the end of the earth

Tom Veitch and Frank Gomez went above and beyond in the crazy, wacky story of Superman: At the End of the Earth. Acting as a pseudo-sequel to Kamandi: at the end of the earth, this tale features a muscular Superman and loosely like Santa Claus living in the post-nuclear apocalypse.

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In a story that has him battling mutated bat creatures and twin Adolf Hitler clones, the ending is a strange dowry, non sequitur. Emptied of his powers, Superman enters a pyre with Batman’s corpse. In the background, a group of Thunderdom-like children watch them throw down the guns they just used to defeat the two Hitlers.

6 Shazam ruins everything in distant fires

Distant lights superman riding a fat cat

Speaking of post-apocalyptic stories from Elseworlds, Superman: Distant Fires by Howard Chaykin and Gil Kane takes us to another world where Superman is one of the few to survive the destruction of the human race. The book takes a look at classic Kamandi-style escapades such as riding and battling mutant creatures. That is until Shazam becomes jealous of Superman and Wonder Woman’s love and begins to demolish everything the heroes have tried to build. After realizing the planet is doomed, Clark does the logical thing and throws his newborn son into space with a Green Lantern ring in the hopes that all will turn out for the best.

5 Superman’s girlfriend Lois Lane lives like a black woman for 24 hours

Superman Black Lois Lane

Readers don’t have to look too far to see the issues that arise in this infamous story. Robert Kanigher and Werner Roth made a good faith attempt to bring race issues to the fore in this story, but what was supposed to be a Green lantern / Green arrow the awakening appeared to be patronizing and deaf. After going through a process of wearing a black face and learning what it really means to be black in 1970s America, Lois Lane confronts Superman with the ultimate question: Could Superman still love Lois if she was black? That’s a bold question for a literal alien.

4 Superman has a panic in the sky

Superman: panic in the sky is an often-overlooked crossover event like Doomsday’s first appearance (mostly due to an abandoned plot point about an apocalyptic weapon left floating in space). After a space adventure with other members of the DC superhero community, Superman realizes that he can no longer fly solo. Instead, he must take his place as the leader of the Justice League and Earth’s superheroes in general. It wouldn’t mean much because Superman would die within a year. And even in those intervening months, he never really took control of the League.

3 The first year does not start until the end

Superman Year One feature

No one knows how to divide and confuse a fan base like the enigmatic Frank Miller. Teaming up with writing John Romita Jr., he goes back to Superman’s origin to tell how Kal fell in love with a mermaid after joining the military. By the time the book finally begins to reach an interesting climax, the reader is overwhelmed with concepts and ideas that seem like they were launched at the last minute.

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Batman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, and even Kandor and Brainiac all show up to turn what was initially a slow, twisty tale into a zero-to-sixty race through Superman iconography and lore.

2 Hunter / Prey doesn’t have the punch of the first arc

Superman and Doomsday’s first fight made DC a ton of money. Wanting to get a double dose of this hype, they staged a rematch shortly after Clark’s resurrection. Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding set the stage with Superman sporting an all-new ’90s costume, featuring a single epaulet, suspenders, pouches, and the classic Gambit sock.

Superman ultimately defeats Doomsday by throwing him into the End Times where he is killed by entropy. However, even though Kal was unusually blood scavenger throughout the story, he suddenly feels guilty and wonders whether or not he should have stopped Doomsday. This, added to the inevitable return of the Doomsday Cash Cow, makes the whole story pointless. In the end, it lacks the punch of the original Superman’s death bow.

1 The Terminators are hardly a death threat for the future

Superman vs. Terminator

Hearing the concept of Superman fighting Terminators, a reader’s first reaction might wonder how non-threatening the Terminators are to the Man of Steel. This is a good question considering Superman vs Terminator: Death to the Future by Alan Grant and Steve Pugh doing their best to find reasons why ordinary robots can fight someone who can and has conquered the gods.

Even after teaming up with Lex Luthor, Cyborg Superman, and Terminatrix (just three years before he appeared on the big screen), Skynet fails to fight the hero. Superman not only defeats the threat of the Terminators these days, but he also goes into the future and puts an end to Skynet once and for all, which clearly shows how stupid this showdown was.

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