As I have said many many many times, this reboot of Supergirl worries me. It worries me because I have yet to read one thing that makes me think I am going to like this character. It worries me because the characterization of Supergirl in this new book bares little resemblance to the Supergirl the comic has known for the last 50+ years. Most of all, it worries me because it harkens back to the earliest issues of the last volume of Supergirl, a clumsy practically unreadable book starring an unlikeable young girl who was hardly a hero.
DC wanted to move away from the Jeph Loeb and Joe Kelly characterization of Kara just a handful of years ago. And yet here we are again. The 'new' Supergirl sounds suspiciously like that old one, the one that slaughtered her schoolmates, wanted to kill Superman, hung out at bars, smoked, and did very little that was heroic. If you want to make a character like that ... fine ... just don't call it Supergirl.
The latest issue of Action Comics had a nice publicity shot of the Superman Family books and there in the middle is Supergirl fighting robots. Her tag line ... 'alone and hunted'. So maybe that means alone in this adventure ... but it sounds like the creative team wants her to be alone ... isolated, alienated. Remember she has no affection for humanity so don't piss her off. I suppose I should be happy that her tag line isn't Superboy's: 'Reprogrammed to Kill!'.
Despite the dizzying amount of publicity coming out about the new DC books, Supergirl hasn't been written about much. I keep hoping that something will come out that might give me some optimism about the book.
Then this DC Source blog posted this about Supergirl:
http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/09/09/from-the-editor%e2%80%99s-desk-wil-moss-on-supergirl-and-dc-universe-presents/ Looks like my worries right be on target.
I dunno how many of you have sisters, but when mine was a teenager, she was, as they say, hell on wheels. Always getting into trouble, always getting into fights (usually more with her friends than with her enemies), always managing to outthink authority figures (be they cops or parents), always hanging with a questionable crowd, always a new piercing or tattoo – just drama at every turn, and usually of her own making. Hell. On. Wheels.
Read the paragraph again and just ask yourself if you think that describes Supergirl. Getting into trouble. Fighting with friends more than enemies. Hanging out with a questionable crowd. Hell on wheels.
I'm not saying I need the simple saccharin 'throw me in the orphanage' girl from the 1950s. But Supergirl, in all her incarnations (outside of the odious first 19 issues of the first series) has always been a hero first, someone who tries her best to do what's right. Someone who embodies hope and strives to help others. There is a reason so many people state that Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 is the best Supergirl story. It is because she is at her most heroic, sacrificing herself for family and friends, saving the world despite knowing she will probably die.
Reread that top Source paragraph one more time. Paul Kupperberg's Supergirl in the 1980s wasn't that character. Sterling Gates' Supergirl wasn't that character. Landry Walker's Supergirl wasn't that character. Neither was James Peaty's or Kelly Sue DeConnick's. I doubt that Brian Wood's version of the character would be described that way either. Heck, that isn't even Marv Wolfman's Supergirl!But that is the Supergirl DC is giving us.
Here is more of the Source post.
And that’s a lot like the Kara Zor-El you’ll meet in a couple weeks in Supergirl #1. This Supergirl is someone with all the power of Superman, yet all of the drama and lust for life of a real teenager. And whereas I quickly learned to stay out of my sister’s way, Superman hasn’t learned that lesson yet
I don't know but something about the addition of the phrase 'lust for life' is chilling and the description of her in the other paragraph is all wrong. And she gets to fight with Superman again!
This whole thing sounds like a gigantic step backwards for the character. And it worries me. I just want to know what made DC think that this was the right direction to go in for Supergirl.
I will buy the book and keep an open mind. I will review it here. But I don't have high hopes for it.