New Superman writer Scott Lobdell is wasting no time putting his mark on the relaunched series: With this week's Issue 13, he shakes up Clark Kent's life, as well as one of the foundational elements of the Man of Steel's mythology. Warning: If you don't want details of Superman #13 spoiled before Wednesday's debut, turn back now.
Pressured by his feelings for Lois Lane, and criticisms from boss Perry White and Galaxy Broadcasting head Morgan Edge, in this week's issue Clark delivers a fiery public sermon on the state of journalism and quits the Daily Planet, with entertainment reporter Cat Grant walking out with him.
"I don't think he's going to be filling out an application anywhere," Lobdell tells USA Today. "He is more likely to start the next Huffington Post or the next Drudge Report than he is to go find someone else to get assignments or draw a paycheck from."
The writer says the employment shakeup was spurred in part by a desire view the character through a contemporary prism, one in which new-media careers apparently are more topical than traditional newspaper jobs. "When we started discussions," Lobdell says, "they were like, 'Yep, let's see where this goes. Let's take the sacred super-cows and start looking at Superman with a new set of eyes.' "
It's of course not the first time Clark has parted company with the Daily Planet, which was introduced in 1940's Action Comics #23 (before that, the newspaper was referred to as the Daily Star). Most notably, he was removed from the newspaper in 1971 following its purchase by Galaxy Broadcasting System, and named by Morgan Edge as anchor of WGBS-TV.