Just last week I posted about how concerned I have become regarding just what sort of Supergirl we are going to be getting in September. In particular, some of the comments made by the higher-ups have been perplexing, making me wonder if they understand the 'core' of the character or if they have even read the book the last couple of years.
Things were starting to look bleak.
And then, as if in answer to my concerns, future Supergirl writer tweeted the tweet above. What could his Supergirl Kryptonspiration be?
Below is the twitpic. Suddenly I feel a bit better about September.
These trades were his inspiration.
Now I am not saying that the current mainstream book should read like the Action Comics stories from the early 1960s as in this Showcase trade. Nor am I saying that the mainstream book should read like Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade. I understand that a mainstream book needs a different tenor.
That said, if I wanted a creator to read a couple of trades to 'get' the character, to understand who Supergirl is ... striving to be a hero, trying hard and not always succeeding, always with goodness in her heart ... these would definitely be near the top. Anyways, I hope that Johnson reads these to get the right 'feel' for the Girl of Steel. She doesn't need to be saccharin. She doesn't need to be even-tempered, staid, mature, or even confident all the time. But she has to have that heroic drive shown so wonderfully in these trades.
I also think that any of the Sterling Gates/Jamal Igle trades would also be good reads as well. Really the one that will best showcase just who Kara Zor-El is will be the upcoming BizarroGirl trade.