On sale February 17 • 56 pg, FC, $4.99 US Written by Sterling Gates, Helen Slater & Jake Black • Art by Jamal Igle, Jon Sibal & Fernando Dagnino • Cover by Michael Turner • Variant cover by Joshua Middleton
Special celebratory 50th issue! Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle reunite to tell an epic, oversized battle royale between the Girl of Steel and a mysterious, diabolical new foe! Still reeling from last issue’s harrowing events, Supergirl is put to the test when she uncovers a terrible secret about her friend and confidant, Lana Lang. Plus! A look into a day in the life of the Girl of Steel written by Jake Black and Supergirl herself, actress Helen Slater!
Featuring a cover by the man who redefined Supergirl for the 21st century, Michael Turner, SUPERGIRL #50 is an extra-sized extravaganza you won’t want to miss!
So ... where to start.
How about the Michael Turner cover (seen above)? Turner's work and his take on Supergirl have been talked about a lot on this blog. I am one of those readers who think his Kara looks a little too skinny and a little too long. But there is no denying that Turner was one of the most important figures in the renaissance of Supergirl. I think it is a nice homage by DC to put a Turner Supergirl on this issue's cover. If you like Turner, this will certainly grab your eye. From a sales point of view, there are a lot of Turner fans who will most likely pick up the issue based on the cover alone.
Add to that a variant cover by Josh Middleton and the outside of the issue looks like it will be a selling point. I think Middleton's covers for the book have been really spectacular so I am looking forward to seeing what he does for this anniversary issue.
But there's more ...
The issue is a whopping 56 pages and brings Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle back together on the book. It sounds as if Lana survives the 'harrowing events' of Supergirl #49. And battle royale with a diabolical new foe? That means a new addition to the Supergirl rogue's gallery. I wonder if it is a brand new foe or a reimagination of an older Supergirl enemy.
Lastly, the issue includes a second story written by Jake Black and Helen Slater. Helen Slater!! Much like the Donner movies are an influence on many Superman creators, it seems like the Supergirl movie is an influence on the current Supergirl team. How nice to include Slater in the festivities. I have no idea how good she will be as a writer/plotter so it will be interesting to read.
Really though ... the bottom line is that between the covers and the story and Helen Slater (!!), this issue seems like it is an 'event'. And I think this title deserves that sort of publicity.
It is going to be hard to wait these next 3 months.