I planned on posting a review for Superman #703 here this morning but sometimes things stick in my craw so much that I need to shelve plans and post something more impromptu. So if this post comes close to being a rant, I apologize.
I went to Newsarama to see the latest announced DC solicits for January and saw the above cover for Supergirl #60. Now I will review the solicits as I usually do when they all are announced but I have to comment on this cover and how basically annoyed I am. Is that really a pink S-shield? Really?? I don't know how to rationalize this decision.
January will be a 'character driven' cover month for DC books. Here is what Alex Segura said on the DC Source:
But it’s not just about iconic poses. As you can see, each title gets a unique and yet familiar logo treatment that brings the focus on the characters and stars of their respective books. New year. New beginnings. New focus.
The thing that bothers me is that Supergirl wears the standard red and yellow S-shield. She has just gone through a cathartic storyline where she has redefined herself, found herself worthy to act as Supergirl, felt worthy of wearing that shield. So why not have her stand before the standard S-shield! Why make is pink? Isn't she worthy of it by now?
Now I suppose that an argument can be made that DC wanted each logo to be unique and that they didn't want two of the same symbols. After all, each Bat-book has a slightly different version.
But that doesn't explain this ... two Legion logos that are the same (LSH #9 and Adventure #522). Nothing unique there.
Maybe they could have made the red and yellow more muted ... or more pastel ... or just keep it the same. But the choice of pink seems wrong.
Now it is important to know that I don't mind pink S-shields on birthday party invitations or children's clothing or school supplies. My hope there is that those things will lead people to the character and to the book. And I don't even mind pink S-shields on adult t-shirts as that is a matter of fashion choices.
But once you get to the book, it should be the classic red and yellow shield. I mean Steel and Superboy are positioned in front of the shields they wear ... not in front of teal or fuchsia versions of the S-shield. Doesn't Supergirl deserve to be before the symbol she wears?
On an important related note, I have nothing but praise for Amy Reeder's Supergirl on the cover. There is a nice sense of grace there