Tony Bedard On Supergirl ... In The Past ... Supergirl #22
We recently heard that Tony Bedard is taking over the Supergirl title in December. Now there hasn't been any announcement on how long he will be on the title so who knows if this is a seat-warming short arc or an ongoing gig.
This won't be the first time Bedard has written the Girl of Steel. Back in the last incarnation, Bedard wrote three issues, a sort of place holder between Joe Kelly's run and Kelley Puckett's arc. It was an odd time for Supergirl. After 19 issues of an angry, angsty, anti-hero ... a Supergirl who was programmed to kill Kal-El, a Supergirl who sprouted crystal spikes, ... DC realized maybe that take on Kara Zor-El wasn't going to work. Puckett, known for writing a strong Batgirl book, was going to come in and make her a hero again.
But before we got there, Bedard got to write his issues, all three linked to ongoing DC crossover events. Supergirl #20 was linked to Amazons Attack. Supergirl #21 and #22 were Countdown issues. Despite being weighed down by being attached to a couple of weaker DC events, the issues are great to reread and give me some optimism about Bedard's approach coming up.
In fact, I will probably save Supergirl #20 for a full review, closer to Bedard's first issue in December. That is the strongest issue of the three. But there was one scene at the end of Supergirl #22 that I thought I would share now.
In these issues, Supergirl has accidentally been drawn into the Amazon war and brought down Air Force One. She hasn't talked to her cousin since that happened. After a side adventure in the 30th century and a battle, she finally meets up with Clark at the Kent Farm. Here is that conversation, one I think most Supergirl fans will appreciate tremendously.
Supergirl sort of braces herself for the worst, expecting to be chastised to by Superman.
Before he can start, she interrupts him.
"I know you love me and that's why you feel a need to act like my big brother or my dad -- but you're neither one!'
Now given what happened before in this book, I was expecting to see the two brawl.
But I turned the page and got this ...
A strong and mature Supergirl who stands up for what she has done. And she says sentiments about her character that are the core of who she is ... who I think she is.
"Maybe I need to learn thing the hard way. But I am learning!"
"I want to be a family with you ... but I don't need your ... validation! I can get by on my own terms. I am doing just fine."
On the heroes path, doing good, learning lessons ... sometimes the hard way, growing, linked to Superman but not defined by hi.
That is Supergirl!
And Superman agrees with her! He tells her that he knows she is doing fine and doesn't want her to feel like she is in his shadow!