(Collected Editions is a listing of the various trade paperbacks, hardcovers, omnibuses, etc. that are in my Superman collection. The goal is to not only inventory my collection of trades, hardcovers, etc. but also to display said collection and produce something resembling a resource for other Superman readers, collectors and fans.)
- Released on January 10, 2001
- Original price $14.95
- 176 pages
- Cover by Ed McGuinness and Cam Smith
- The End from Superman: Y2K #1
- Whatever Happened to the City of Tomorrow? from Superman (Vol. 2) #154
- AnarchY2Knowledge from Adventures of Superman #576
- Thirty Minutes to Oblivion… from Superman: The Man of Steel #98
- Sacrifice for Tomorrow from Action Comics #763
- This one brings back memories.
- As I mentioned in the notes for Superman Vol. 1: No Limits! the new creative teams that came on to the Superman books when Eddie Berganza took over as editor didn’t want the books to be as connected as they were during the previous administration. That did not stop them from occasionally doing an event crossover to bring all four of the Superman titles together.
- For those of you that were either too young or just plain forget/blocked it from your mind there was a bit of apprehension as we approached New Year’s Eve in 1999. The fear stemmed from the fact some people believed that computers couldn’t handle the clock turning from 1999 to 2000 and that this would at best cause some problems with your bank account and at worst cause nuclear missiles to launch and the world to end.
- So when you combine a desire to do a crossover that ties into all four Superman titles together with tapping into a real world hysteria and add wanting to give the world Superman inhabits a new coat of paint for good measure…well, then you get something like Superman: Y2K.
- For the record the creators produced an exciting story that looked both to the past and the future both in terms of setting and of characters. Brainiac 13 may seem kind of silly on the surface but in all honesty it is a natural progression of the character as he stood in 1999.
- It is no surprise that the writers were able to work so well together on this. Stuart Immonen (who was plotting Adventures of Superman) and Mark Schultz (who was writing Superman: The Man of Steel) were both veteran Superman writers at this point and had been through a few crossovers with the character. Joe Kelly (who was on Action Comics) and Jeph Loeb (the writer on Superman) both spent time on the X-titles over at Marvel, so they were hip to crossovers as well. Everyone knew how to play nice with each other or at least that’s how it felt as a reader. I have no idea what was going on behind the scenes.
- This story introduced the futuristic Metropolis that I had to put up with for about four or five years. I wasn’t a fan of making the city where Superman lived into a place with food synthesizers and flying cars. It just never sat right with me. While on the surface it seems kind of obvious that Man of Tomorrow should live in the City of Tomorrow it flew in the face of the thing I always thought was vital to Superman and that is he should be this amazing thing in a somewhat realistic setting. When everything is just as awesome as he is I think it lessens how unique Superman is. This is purely a personal reaction to the change and has nothing to do with the quality of work the creators that dealt with it produced.
- Another thing I mentioned in the notes for the previous volume in this series is that sometimes issues of a given series would not be included in these trades. This trend continues in Endgame.
- Superman: The Man of Steel #97 and Action Comics #762 were the two books that followed Superman: Y2K if you are going by the Triangle Numbers. They were left out of this collection but in all honesty it makes sense. Both of these issues had stories that took place before the events of Y2K. If you were reading the books from week to week (like I was back in 1999) it didn’t seem too jarring. If you were reading them altogether I can see where having two issues worth of flashbacks would bring the overall narrative to a abrupt stop.
- So sometimes leaving books out of the trade actually ends up improving the reading experience.
- For the sake of clarity I will say again that those issues are not bad by any stretch of the imagination. They just didn’t flow well with the crossover.
- The computer generated Brainiac 13 that appeared in this story was a big deal in 1999. It probably wouldn’t be today.
- Electric Blue Superman makes an appearance in this story as well, which is kind of awesome in a really weird way.
- There is a really weird thing done with Superman in this issue that is, to my memory, never talked about again. I can’t wait for Jeff and I to get to this story so we can talk about that.
To follow this particular line of trades follow the rest of the books in the series…