“For the contingent out there who sneer at heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman and Captain America, those icons who still, at their core, represent selfless sacrifice for the greater good, and who justify their contempt by saying, oh, it’s so unrealistic, no one would ever be so noble… grow up. Seriously. Cynicism is not maturity, do not mistake the one for the other. If you truly cannot accept a story where someone does the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, that says far more about who you are than these characters.” – Greg Rucka
Given what happens in the movie Man of Steel, I think it’s time that someone reminded the world about why Superman doesn’t kill and making him grim and gritty is probably the greatest betrayal of everything the character’s come to stand for over the past 75 years. And I know of no better way to do that than the following scene from Action Comics #775 (March 2001) by Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke, Lee Bermejo, Tom Nguyen, Dexter Vines, Jim Royal, Jose Marzan, Wade Von Grawbadger, and Wayne Faucher.