The Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade trade paperback came out last week, just in time for the holidays. I decided to treat myself to a copy as a Christmas gift.
I also bought a copy to give to the eldest Supergirl at home for her birthday which is in a couple of weeks. This will be her first trade paperback. It makes me well a little bit just thinking about it.
And I don't think I need to go into details about how much I enjoyed this miniseries when it came out. It really was just a wonderful comic and so I was very glad to see that DC recognized that and collected it in the trade format. Kudos to Landry Walker and Eric Jones for putting out such a great book.
One thing I always look for in collections like this are any extras that are added to create a better product. For me, I don't think that trades should necessarily just be a collection of the individual issues. There should be more. I don't care if that's a foreword or a cover gallery that includes variant covers or even the raw script that is turned into the comic itself. So I was very happy to see some early design images tacked onto the end of this collection.
Many of these have been posted on Landry Walker’s blog but not everybody may have seen them. In particular, as a huge Belinda Zee fan, I enjoyed seeing early renditions of her. And Walker's comments add some depth to the design decisions.
And then there is this version of Supergirl which was not used for the book. This Supergirl looks like she is more in the second or third grade. That would've been a very different book.
There is also an early version of the cover for Cosmic Adventures #6. I certainly think that this image of Kara flying over a multiverse is a great image. I do think that Comet’s face is a little bit too happy for the seriousness of this mission and therefore think that the cover that was ultimately chosen for the issue (where Comet has a sterner look) was the right one.
I will continue to hope that DC will recognize the winner that they had in this book and get Walker and Jones to come on board for a sequel.