So we now know that Bizarro Supergirl squares off against Supergirl in Supergirl #55. I still can't stop looking at the Amy Reeder cover.
But knowing that, I took another look at the solicit for the issue before. Here it is:
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Jamal Igle & Jon Sibal
Cover by Shane Davis
Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle continue their bold new direction for The Girl of Steel! When a vicious new threat arrives in Metropolis, it's up to Supergirl to stop the monster. But, boy, is she in for a surprise when she finds out just who this thing is and where it's from!
So let's assume that Bizarro Supergirl is the 'monster' terrorizing Metropolis in Supergirl #54. Why will Supergirl be surprised about where Bizarro is from?
It got me thinking. What if Bizarro Supergirl is from New Krypton?
Some of you may recall that when we were debating 'Who is Superwoman?', my guess was that Superwoman was an evil clone. In fact, I thought this panel when Alura and Zor-El was somewhat suspicious. At that time I said:
Maybe Zor-El and Alura missed their daughter so much while in the bottle of Kandor that they cloned their own copy to love and raise. And maybe that Kara aged a little faster because she was a clone. And maybe she wants to be part of the fun of the Superman family but she is a little insane.
So why can't that idea stand for the Bizarro Supergirl as well? Maybe it was an imperfect clone. In fact, maybe that explains the Silver Age style costume on Bizarro. That is how she would have dressed on New Krypton, not the midriff baring styles of Earth. And she was 'buried' somewhere on New Krypton, someplace that would have protected her from the blast. And now she is on Earth to terrorize the real Kara.
I know ... I know ... I sometimes seem married to the terribly cliched plot of 'evil clones'. Maybe I have to let it go.
Still, that means we have the upcoming surprise teased in the solicit ... where is Bizarro Supergirl from? Any other guesses?