I'm sure you've heard by now, both the Daily News and the Associated Press spoiled the events of Action Comic #870 for very many of you. I wasn't happy about it either.
However, the thing I was most unhappy about was the fact that these news sources Described the pivotal scene. It's one thing to say what happens, it's another thing to ruin the setting of the story.
Because, let's face it, most of us readers knew this was already going to happen. This wasn't another "Captain America #25" situation. Geoff Johns hinted heavily at the event (though I do have to applaud him on how he pulled it off!), not to mention Gary Frank's covers. And on top of that, DC's solicitations lately have RUINED plenty of big events, from last week's big reveal in "Batman #680" to the Magog reveal in "Justice Society" — and heck, most of "Final Crisis" has been described in solicitations.
That's the ridiculous part, not the news spoiling events, the Solicitations spoil us months in advance.
Oh, and if my little diatribe has not tempered those especially hot over this subject, thinking it a recent epidemic, I have news for you — Superman's death was spoiled in the news eight months before it happened. EIGHT MONTHS! I was sitting in my uncle and aunt's living room in Virginia on a family trip in 1992 when I saw it on the 6 p.m. news!
So, throughout the entire Doomsday fight, we all knew that Big Blue was going down. There have been worse infractions than this recent "Action Comics" spoil, and I'm sure we'll have worse spoilers in the future.
On a side note, the issue is absolutely amazing. This is the most heroic Superman anyone has written in years, and Johns has officially successfully made Kara Zor-El a great character again. Every DC fan owes it to themselves to read this "Brainiac" arc, and hopefully the start to the "New Krypton" story is just as good next week.