It is really hard to believe that Supergirl Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade was released 2 years ago. I gushed over the series back when it came out, the perfect entry drug to Supergirl mythos, accessible to the supergirls at home but stuffed with Easter Eggs for old timers like me. I was thrilled when it came out, sad when it ended. A moment from Cosmic actually was my #1 Supergirl moment in 2009. I shouted from the hilltops for DC to do a sequel. It hasn't happened so far.
And yet, I have never given up hope that it would and over on his blog, Landry Walker rekindled that hope by showing some of the concept art he and Eric Jones had done for the possible sequel. Here is that link:
http://landrywalker.blogspot.com/2011/06/supergirl-cosmic-adventures-in-9th.html and here is a blurb. Please go to the site and read the whole thing. It is worth it.
I think with the slight changes to the artwork here we really begin to see Kara's self confidence manifest physically. This would have continued on a curve, all through 12th Grade. By the end (and there was a definitive end planned) 18 year old Kara would have looked like an adult - particularly because you watched her grow up.
I guess what I'm saying is: It's a mistake to expect a character to be perfect right out the gate. Where do you go from perfect? Perfect makes for boring storytelling and boring reading.
Ideally we would have similar development with the emotional status of the character. And I think we do see that evolution just over the course of the 8th Grade mini-series. It was a trend intended to continue.
We would have seen some similar evolution for Belinda and Lena - for at least as long as they were around. And if that sounds vaguely sinister, it probably is. Or maybe it really isn't. Hard to say.
Anyway, that's some Cosmic Adventures 9th Grade stuff for you.
It is clear that Walker understood Supergirl, making this a wonderful version of the character, a version I would eagerly read again. I am aching for a sequel.
I know I have asked for letter bombs from readers here before. But if you think DC should do Supergirl Cosmic Adventures in the Ninth Grade, take two seconds now to drop them a line! Here is the handy link:
And now the concept art! First off, the 9th grade Linda at the top, looking a bit more polished, her hair more coiffed.
And here, a brawl between Supergirl and SuperiorGirl, Belinda's villainous identity. Walker talks about the evolution, the maturation of Linda he had envisioned. You see it here just in that punch by Linda. She looks tough and capable, a determined look on her face; shedoes not appear uneasy in her shoes.
And, I talked of Walker including so much of Supergirl's history into Cosmic. Lena Thorul played such a big part of the first mini-series. Here, it looks like Walker is invoking her more classic 'ESP' powers. And a reappearance of Streaky! And even Krypto!
And then the inclusion of a Metallo like villain, truly a heart of Kryptonite. This had to be a 'romance' subplot, Linda's first crush. Even that harkens back to earlier Supergirl stories where many guys she fell in love with was a criminal of some sort.
And a Cosmic version of Satan Girl. It amazes me that the concept of Satan Girl, a one issue castaway character in a Legion story, has such a stranglehold on Supergirl history, appearing in Peter David's book, Sterling Gates' book, and potentially here.
And perhaps the most intriguing picture, Supergirl's first interaction with Batman!
There are more pictures on Walker's blog so you must go there.
And if after looking at this art, you want to let DC know you want to see this book, I am re-providing you with the link. Here it is: http://www.dccomics.com/sites/dcletterspage/
I truly truly hope I see this book some day!!