As a long time DC reader, I am really enjoying DC Universe Legacies and its stroll down the history of the DC Universe. Unlike the History books produced by Wolfman/Perez back in the day, Legacies isn't just a rattling off of the major events of the DCU, instead anchoring it to a perspective of an 'everyman' police officer Paul Lincoln.
That narration by Lincoln also means that we aren't going to see Anthro or Oa or (I assume) the Legion. This is the Earth-based history of the DCU running basically from WWII to the present.
Now as a comic reader for over 3 decades and an amateur comic historian, one of the best things about this issue is seeing stories that I have read before again, albeit in a new light or a new focus. So to see the original Hawkman telling Congress that he won't have the JSA unmask themselves, I can nod knowingly. I can't remember where I first read this scene, but I can remembering reading it and see it in my head with Joe Staton's art. And when I see a one page homage recapping the Fleisher/Aparo Spectre stories from Adventure Comics, it makes me want to pull those issues out of the long boxes and reread them. I love this sort of stuff.
DC Universe Legacies #5 came out last week and began to show how the DCU was becoming thematically darker. It also reviewed one of the seminal events in comics, Crisis on Infinite Earths. I was in my early teens when Crisis came out and can remember waiting for the next issue to come out as DC was rewriting history. Heck, back then I walked to the local drug store to spin the rack and find the issues.
We all know what happened in Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 and how after the 'one universe' was created in Crisis on Infinite Earths #11 that Supergirl was basically erased from history and the minds of the characters in the DCU.
So it was a twinge of both nostalgia and melancholy and a smidge of happiness that I saw this panel in Legacies #5.
Yep, that's the headband wearing 'Earth One' Supergirl, saving people with help of the Metal Men!
It's hard to know what this exactly means ... if anything. If Lincoln recalls this Supergirl, does everyone? Or is Perez a big fan of that Supergirl and wanted to shoehorn her in (remember we saw several incarnation of Supergirl in Final Crisis:Legion of Three Worlds #3)? Or is Perez not as big a continuity nut as me and remembered Supergirl was a big part of the Crisis and didn't think people would make a big deal of this cameo?
The bottom line is I have always thought that that Supergirl was sort of erased from continuity rudely, DC's version of throwing the baby out with the bath water. So it was nice to see her again, acting heroically and saving people ... even if it was in one tiny panel.
Now don't get me wrong. While I couldn't say it early on, I have come to love the current Supergirl, looking at the current Kara as the Supergirl, putting the past behind me and realizing the current Supergirl is a worthy reboot of my favorite character and well ... the heir of the Supergirl legacy.