Thursday, December 6, 2012
Eddie Berganza Editing Super-Books
It has been announced over on Bleeding Cool that Eddie Berganza, former Executive Editor at DC Comics, has now been announced as a group editor, and specifically has taken over the editorial reins for all the Super Books. Here is the link to that brief piece as well as the key blurb: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/12/05/eddie-berganza-taks-the-superman-books-back/
One of the announcements made at DC yesterday was that Berganza would take over editing all the Superman books.
Now one thing that I have been asking for has been 'eye in the sky' editor for the super-books. Someone who will make sure that the tone and characterization for these characters remains consistent from book to book.
Just this month, I read Supergirl #14 and Superman #14, subsequent chapters in the same crossover, with such different voices and tones in the characters that they could have taken place in alternate universes. I have hoped that someone would tidy up the post- Morrison continuity, knowing that Action Comics would take place in the 'now' rather than 5 years in the past.
And so you would think that an announcement that one editor would be running the super-books would make me a happy comic reader and Super-fan.
So the question remains ... is Eddie Berganza the right guy for the job? Is he the person I want editing Supergirl?
Well he was listed as editor on Action Comics #775, one of my favorite Superman stories of all time, which upheld just who Superman should be even in the current comic market.
And he worked with Mike Johnson over on Superman/Batman. That run included some great Supergirl moments in the Super-bat storyline and another of my overall favrorites Superman/Batman #62, 'Sidekicked'.
He was editor for the first 19 issues of the last Supergirl book. Remember this series?
She fought every hero she could.
She went to save and then abandoned Kandor.
She went crazy and bled crystals.
She paraded around her father nude, she snuck into bars because she knew a tight shirt would get her in, she was angry that a disaster interrupted her rave dancing. She bent over in front of Captain Boomerang and made a 'looking at her 'S'' joke. She was programmed to kill Superman.
Oh yeah, and she actually did kill her classmates on Krypton, gunning them down with her father..
She was not heroic, mostly bitter, difficult to like, and self-absorbed.
THAT IS NOT SUPERGIRL!
Has there been a lower point in Supergirl stories than those? I look back at those issues and cringe.
Eddie Berganza was the editorial voice on those books.
Well, he is the editor on Superman.
In two issues he has had her fly at Superman and call him a liar; backtrack and consider Kon as an it, not a person, and contemplate killing Superboy; she has sarcastically called humans 'precious'; and she has become H'El's dupe.
The Supergirl in the issues Berganza has been editor on is vastly different than the one we have seen in her main book. She has done things opposite to what she did in her own book.
Is that who Berganza thinks Supergirl is? Is he going to want to bring back the bitchy Loeb/Kelly Kara, the one that fans abandoned?
And I haven't even mentioned what Superman is like in those books.
So one editor is a good idea for family-wide continuity.
But I suppose it needs to be the right editor.
I don't know right now if Eddie Berganza is the right editor.
I guess time will tell.
But suddenly I am worried about Supergirl.