Supergirl #49 comes out tomorrow and we'll finally get an answer as to what is ailing Lana Lang. I have been looking forward to this issue by Sterling Gates and Matt Camp since the solicit. I really am hoping that Lana doesn't actually die here. The Linda/Lana relationship has barely been explored.
But what is Lana suffering from? Time to poll the audience.
I probably should have done this poll much earlier than the day before the issue is released. As a result of my tardiness, the poll will only be open for 48 hours.
Somewhere along the way, Sterling Gates said in an interview that whatever Lana is suffering from is something long term fans would appreciate. So what could it be?
It is the simplest answer. But the truth is, we went through the 'Saving Thomas' storyline within the last couple of years, so it seems early to retread that topic. Plus, just last issue, Lana told us it was more of an immune deficiency problem. Certainly, some types of cancers can make you more prone to infection - but that is usually more an issue while enduring chemo.
I don't think it's cancer.
2) The Kents' exotic illness
If long time readers will find the revelation cool, why not make it the 'exotic tropical illness' that the Kents succumbed to in the Silver Age. Remember that Superboy couldn't find a cure for this unique illness and as a result the Kent's died.
If Argo City is back in continuity, why not the Kents' tropical fever?
I would vote for this but I doubt that is where we are going.
3) Insect mutagen exposure
Lana was the Insect Queen back in the Silver Age as well. A few years back, Kurt Busiek updated that part of the character. In Superman671-3, an extraterrestrial Insect Queen comes to Earth and uses Lana's DNA as a template to create a suitable body for her conquest.
It is at least implied that Lana got something out of the deal as she feels 'oddly strong' and is able to take out some insect warriors with her fists. Could this manipulation of her DNA be behind her slow deterioration?
I think this is the favored theory.
It really could be anything. Radiation poisoning from Kryptonite? Toxic exposure while working at LexCorp? Slowly becoming a Bizarro? Lycanthropy?
If you guess 'other' on the poll, I would love to hear your ideas.