Saturday, December 8, 2012
Supergirl #18 Cover
I usually wait for all the DC solicits to come out before I post about upcoming comics.
But when I saw the cover for Supergirl #18 up at Comic Vine (they have the Superman family March solicits up here: http://www.comicvine.com/news/exclusive-superman-family-march-2013-solicits/145643/) I felt compelled to write early.
Technically, it is wonderful art showcasing a determined and strong Supergirl.
But she is crushing the world, complete with the glowing red eyes of wrath.
Since the title's inception, I have been worried about this Supergirl. The earliest promotion material from the upper levels of DC described an alienated young woman, one with no connection to humanity. She was going to be Hell on Wheels, fighting her friends, have no affection for the people of her new planet. She would be isolated and angry.
Surprisingly, so far the actual stories have been much more nuanced showing a young woman struggling with the tragedy of her life. Sometimes the reaction is angry and violent. Sometimes it is sad. But throughout, the creative team has shown a hero, someone who cares about the safety of others, who has a solid good center but someone lost and trying to find her way. I miss the old Kara. But I have been happy with this one and have been rooting for her.
And that makes this cover so troubling. Because this is the first outward appearance of the angry isolated woman lashing out at her new home. I don't want to read about a Supergirl who wants to crush the world between her hands. I don't want to believe that Mike Johnson is writing her like this.
But she has been shown like that in Superman. And now she is under the 'guidance' of Eddie Berganza. What does this all mean?
Too rub salt in the wounds, the cover is clearly the reverse homage for All Star Superman #10, my favorite issue in Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's superlative work. In that issue, Superman makes a new Earth, one without him in it, to see what will happen to humanity if he isn't around. On that pocket world, two guys named Siegel and Shuster invent him to be a symbol of hope.
This cover, a nurturing Superman looking over the world is so wonderful and inspiring.
But Supergirl can't be like that in the DCnU.
Nope, she is out to angrily smash the world. It makes blog friend John Feer's worries about her becoming a Hulk-like monster eerily prescient.
Lobdell writing her like a dupe of H'El. Eddie Berganza holding the reins. Smashing the planet on the cover of her book.
I am suddenly very very worried.