Superman #26 hits your local comic book store today, it’s a personal story of how a father and son learn to communicate with one another. At a base level, it’s a dad trying to not mess up his kid. It just so happens the father and son are Superman and Superboy.
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Superman #26 written by a father of two, Michael Moreci, who created a name for himself with his sci-fi trilogy Roche Limit, explains why we need a Superboy.
“Superboy–in addition to being a great character on his own–humanizes Superman in a new, dynamic way, and it gives him a new extreme (of which there are many in parenthood) to overcome,” said Moreci.
The most common piece of advice you will get as a writer is, write what you know. In the issue, you can see how big of an influence Moreci’s personal life and experiences were on Clark and Jonathan Kent.
“Very big; as a dad–a stay at home dad at that–I struggle, a lot, with wanting to be perfect for my sons and being very, very hard on myself when I get things wrong. Parenting is an emotional rollercoaster, and you can have all the superpowers in the world, as Supes does, but it won’t help you with the challenges of being a father,” said Moreci.
Superman was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1933, that’s 84 years of mythos, which could be very intimidating for a new writer. It’s like coming to the Yankees, but the pressure didn’t seem to phase Moreci.
“It was an inventory issue*, so I figured it wouldn’t ever get released, haha. But when it DID, when I found out…whew boy. The pressure was pretty legit. It’s been so much fun, though, so I’ve been able to pretty much ignore that and just enjoy the ride,” said Moreci.
Up next for Moreci, a super secret DC Comics project he can’t talk about. He also has his first novel ‘Black Star Renegades’ coming out January 2, 2018, and Moreci is writing Dishonored (based on the video game) for Titan.
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