YMMV / Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow?

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Superman gives up his powers when he is forced to kill Mr. Mxyzptlk. This is either his noblest act... or his most selfish. See the Analysis page for why.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The story seems to be building towards a major confrontation between Superman and Brainiac, but Brainiac is ultimately defeated by Lana, whose Mercy Kill of Lex robbed Brainiac of a viable host. Instead of a great battle, Brainiac simply breaks down at Supermanís feet. Superman's true greatest threat is evil!Mxyzsptlk.
  • Complete Monster: Brainiac. He brainjacks Luthor in the most horrifying way possible, murders most of Superman's remaining friends, and is completely devoid of anything resembling a conscience.
  • Continuity Lockout: Shades of this, since it references Superman's history, both famed and obscure. However, that's the entire point of the two-parter, to briefly touch on the Superman mythos. Do you really have to have read the Jimmy Olson book in which he became Elastic Lad to enjoy the story?
  • Evil Is Cool: Despite appearing in a few panels, Moore's revision of Mr. Mxyzsptlk, has remained an iconic rendition of that character. Post-Crisis authors increasingly nerf him because Moore demonstrated quite successfully that the Fifth-Dimensional being is capable of being Superman's worst enemy.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Prankster and Toyman were re-imagined as psychopaths in the Post-Crisis universe.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Jordan Elliot looks like the Comedian.
    • Even more hilarious, the original printing had a "Who Watches The Watchman" blurb in the area reserved for the barcode. Considering the events of DC Rebirth and the post-Crisis Superman...
  • One-Scene Wonder: Mr. Mxyzsptlk appears in one-scene, and less than ten panels, but to say he steals the scene is an understatement.
  • Narm: Batman and Robin attacking Brainiac's energy shield with sticks.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Lex Luthor, Superman's greatest Arch-Enemy, the greatest criminal mind of our time, is reduced to a meat puppet in his final (Silver Age) appearance. THAT'S how Lex Luthor goes out.