Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Silent Age ("Superman Renounces Citizenship" Reprise)

(Reprised for today's headline: "Superman Renounces Citizenship" . I beat 'em to it, it seems...)

The Silent Age is a companion piece to A Show Of Hands: A Cautionary Tale of Heroes in Exile. Whereas A Show of Hands was a future-take on the cynicism towards heroism via the Marvel Universe, The Silent Age is a retro parody of the over-reliance and "god-like" worship of DC's "strange visitor from another planet." (A theme addressed in Elliot S. Maggin's "Must There Be A Superman?" story (also the impetus for Kingdom Come.)

The basis for this story has been in my head for at least ten years now, inspired by my initial encounter with Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, which got me thinking: "what if Superman went on strike?" Though seemingly simple, illustrated in the spirit of Siegel and Shuster's "Golden Age" Superman, there are a few compressed ideas within The Silent Age that challenge the innocence of that era. But, in the spirit of the theme of Superhero Babylon (that heroism is spoken in many divisive tongues), rather than explain them all, I'm presenting it as a "Rorschach test," so to speak. What the reader takes away from it will depend on their own viewpoints of heroism, philosophy, religion, etc...

And now...The Silent Age. (Click on thumbnails for larger images. Also available in pdf form.)