SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Superman #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Alex Sinclair and Josh Reed, on sale now.
That's not to say it's gone forever, though. Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado's Superman #1 introduces a new home for Big Blue – beyond Clark Kent's Metropolis apartment, that is. His new abode, and its surprising location, brings mind a somewhat similar idea from years ago, however. And it's one that many have all but forgotten in that time – or at least have tried to.
Was This Really Necessary?
One wouldn't think there would be an area more desolate than the North Pole, nor one that outsiders would be more likely stay away from. Nonetheless, Superman has found one. Locating the Kryptonian crystal that serves as the seed for growing himself a brand-new palace from beneath the ruins of the old one, Supes decides he needs a change of locale. Perhaps tired of the bitter cold or being Santa Claus' closest neighbor, the Man of Steel heads south to the tropics – specifically, the Bermuda Triangle.
Once there, Superman drops the crystal into the stormy sea. Through the wonders of Kryptonian technology, the Man of Steel now has himself a piece of oceanfront property – with an ocean view on all sides. Were this not such a remote location, Kal-El would now be sitting on a prime piece of real estate.
But wait – the whole notion of a newly-formed Kryptonian island in the middle of the ocean sounds a little bit familiar. That's because Superman's arch-foe Lex Luthor had a very similar idea – and in fact went through with it. Not in any of the comics, but instead in 2006's oft-maligned Superman Returns film, where Lex's dreams of becoming a twisted real estate tycoon nearly came to fruition.
Superman's idea here is little more focused – he just wants a cozy, out-of-the-way place to call his own. In Superman Returns, though, the whole notion seemed a little off. Luthor somehow seemed to be able to map out his new continent before its creation, for instance, and Superman was able to remove the island – despite it being laden with Kryptonite. There's no such outward logic flaws in Superman #1, but that's not to say that it just doesn't seem right, somehow. Not unlike moving the Justice League to Detroit.
First House Past the Shipwreck
Bendis so far has largely balanced maintaining the basic traditions of Superman while keeping the character fresh. Superman Returns, though, has largely been written off, and a homage to Bryan Singer's film – intentional or not – isn't a necessary part of that tradition. And speaking of maligned films, the climate surrounding Superman's new abode isn't unlike that of a certain stormy planet secretly manufacturing a clone army for the Republic.
The Bermuda Triangle – or the Devil's Triangle, as it's referred to here – was also home to one of the earliest development's leading up to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Dark Nights: Metal. There doesn't seem to be any connection between that event and Superman's decision to relocate, but then, it's only the first issue of the new series.
If the idea doesn't take, or if Bendis changes his mind about Superman's new address, it would be easy enough to make the new Fortress disappear – it is the Devil's Triangle, after all.
Action Comics resumes publication with issue #1001 on July 25 – maybe the issue will feature a peek inside the Man of Steel's new mancave. Superman #2 goes on sale August 8.