Today's Superman Annual Has More About Dr Oz, Superman And Maybe Dr Manhattan?

Of course, If you are going to explore the maybe-Watchmen origins if the pre-52 Superman, then clearly referencing Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing is the way to do it.

In Superman #1, he left – or discovered a blue handprint in the ground, visiting the grave to the New 52 Superman.

This was seen as a sign of Dr Manhattan. Was he here? Was he actually this Superman, transformed by Dr Ozymandias, posing as Mr Oz?

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Superman Annual, for the first time, joins the blue handprint and the presence of Dr Oz together, in flashback.


As Swamp Thing blames Superman for a drought currently affecting his region, just by his presence. The Green was a concept initiated by Alan Moore and copied and referred to continually since. And the handprint?

image-25 It's back.image-26 In scenes very reminiscent of Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch's stories that saw Swamp Thing have his frequency changed and exiled from Earth across the galaxy….


…until he is able to learn how to change his electromagnetic frequencies to match the Earth again and return.


Because Superman… is of the wrong frequency.


Which is intriguing – this Superman is meant to be the old Superman, shunted sideways while the New 52 Superman took his place on the DC Earth, and has now returned. Wasn't that the consensus? Is he a parallel Superman after all?

Or is he Dr Manhattan?

Superman Annual #1 by Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason and Jorge Jimenez is published today.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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