Respectfully, I think you are being wildly unfair to me. And we don't actually disagree very much here.
I admit, the whole "Superman IS his powers" is getting to me. The idea just makes me bristle, since he is so much more. No one disputes that he is first among his peers, as it -should- be.
But that shouldn't be -all- he is.
I said that I prefer Superhero (and Superman) stories where there are other heroes to interact with. I didn't say that I had a problem with Superman having a human supporting cast, just that it can get boring if overdone. That is my opinion. Maybe others feel differently. I loved many of the moments with Ma and Pa Kent. But you can make Superman work with a wide variety of "supporting" cast members, as long as he is Superman.
See, I don't get this.
If this is your stance, shouldn't you have loved the Nu-52 Superman?
Pretty much all of his "serious" interactions have been with other demi-gods and superheroes, and the humans and mortals he interacted with were either victims of "bad things happening around Superman", or gained Superpowers and fought against/with him, and so on.
Even the Daily Planet did not really play an semi-important role in Nu-Superman's life.
So, shouldn't you BE happy?
This is what you wanted.
I liked Morisson's work. My point is that it can be harder to write good Superman stories than it is for other characters on account of him not having the same obvious flaws. Many writers have said this. But that doesn't mean it can't be done--and it has. Moreover, many have said (and I agree) that when you do pull it off, it's all the more rewarding.
Which, pretty much, boils down to the Superman editorial not being lazy asses and get proper, good writers on the books. There is no excuse not to actually try and do a good job here, instead of just pumping out uninspired drivel.
Same with the artists. This, along with Batman, are the flagship comics. They better get the damn best artists and writers on it. If not, then they failed.
I don't get how this is all some power fantasy of mine. Superheroes are ultimately brightly-colored Greek myths, in a way. Part of their appeal is that they operate on the same basic level. Power levels and rankings matter, just as they did with the myths. But just because they set the scene--not because a character should be a power fantasy. Zeus should be the most powerful God because that is part of his mythos. Other characters should not be too powerful. Odysseus should be less of a warrior than Achilles. It's about everyone's power matching their mythos, no more, no less.
So, and I assume you -did- read the greek myths, not simply throwing down talking points, but do you really think this is what Superman stands for? What he should embody? A "Greek God"?
Is that not going wildly against the core of his very personality, in that he has such powers, but he is NOT a god? This is literally one of his core traits. He's simply a farmer boy, raised in Kansas by hard working, caring people, who taught him that he is NOT his powers. And he is not.
And again, power.
No one said he should not be the first among peers, but that is not what -he- is.
He is not Zeus. He's the guy who sits on the porch and watches the sundown.
He comes from fighting an Archangel to a still stand, and he relaxes by plowing the fields, or eating apple pie with his parents. He has the POWER of a god, but he is NOT a god.
That is literally the point why he is so humanized. Why he -needs- that tether.
NOT having a human identity, not having human friends, family, but having a Greek GODDESS as a lover, a multi-millionaire friend with who he roomed, his only friends being other beings who can destroy a planet while sneezing, that is not what he is.
And that is what they -made- Nu-52 to be.
And none of this has been about power. But now I stand accused of taking my "power fantasies" into the realm of personal characteristics. Like there should be no ranking or comparison of those, either. But there is, and should be. It's all necessarily a little more ambiguous than the ranking of super power levels, but it's there and it matters. But again, it's all about the proper positioning of characters relative to what makes their mythos work. There may be "better" or "worse" (in a rough sense), but you shouldn't want your favorite guy to be better or worse than anyone just because you like them. You want them positioned in the best way for that character. That's all.
Superman's moral core--that he will always try to do the right thing--is central to him. And does distinguish him. But that's not all there is to it. Some other characters--not all, but some--have that as well. It's the complete package of core personal attributes that matter. And in a shared universe, some guys should be better or worse than others in terms of different aspects of their persona--again, "better" and "worse" being very rough concepts in this space. But in a shared universe, you do look at characters in relation to one another.
Again, the character failed fantastically, because this is literally what Nu-52 was, which has me baffled that you do not praise him for all he is worth. It is like this version is -exactly- what you wanted, and the only thing you're miffed about is that he doesn't command the respect and presence the Post, or even Pre-crisis version did.
I am not sure how you cannot see these things.
Post-Crisis Superman, now that he has returned, has the presence. He has an aura of confidence and respect around him. He is not acting brash, he is acting smart, he is considerate and intelligent in his approach, despite the powers he possesses. When he goes into battle, we see his thought bubbles, and we know he worries about things. We know he cares deeply about his (human) wife, and his son, whose power fluctuations worry him. He is still the first among many, and hell, I bet he is going to be even more powerful than Nu-52 Superman, since he is older, and they will forget that Nu-52 earth somehow weakened him.
But he has all the things Nu-52 Superman did not have.
All the things that humanized him, even with being so powerful, so intelligent, so... awe-inducing.
Post-Crisis Superman stands in the room, and people pay attention to him. It's a posture, it's a composure, and he inspires people.
Superman since Rebirth has been really interesting. The storylines unfolding so far, his own, his family, his interaction with the JLA, Lex Luthor trying to slide into the void, etc, all are highly intriguing.
The Superman books are the most interesting they have been since Morrison got off of the Superman books, and it involves all the things you prefer to avoid in favor of "colorful gods".
And you know what? This Superman is still the most powerfullest in the DCU.