It has been a brutal week for DC Comics ... at least as far as I was concerned.
We started out the Villains month with Supergirl 23.1 being released as Action Comics 23.1. We had Zor-El cast as a hateful jealous man, more concerned with one-upping his brother than saving his family. And then J.H. Williams and company left Batwoman because the editors at DC weren't allowing them to tell the stories they wanted to tell. It was a microcosm of everything that has been wrong with DC for the last couple of years, relying to hard on the top tier books, not respecting their mid-level titles, being too grim and gritty, and forcing creative upheavals with a heavy editorial hand.
I was losing hope that Michael Alan Nelson was going to write a Supergirl I could root for. After that auspicious first issue with Power Girl, things have been relentlessly downbeat with the last issue having her crying, defeated, and ultimately vaporized.
And then ... good news ...
Bleeding Cool ran an article that Tony Bedard is coming on board Supergirl, at least for an arc. Here is the link: http://www.bleedingcool.com/
Now I suppose that a change in creative teams is something that I have typically complained about in the New 52. But I like Bedard and I wouldn't mind seeing him writing Kara.
As for the cover, I have never been a Lobo guy, so his new design isn't a hot button issue for me. But I will say the rope around Kara's neck and the position of the bodies is a bit too close to a violation for my comfort. I know that isn't happening ... it just looks like it.
And he even wrote a little Supergirl in the first couple of issues of R.E.B.E.L.S. which I reviewed waaayyyy back in 2009.
Still, even in the little time he wrote her, he gave her some spunk, a nice heroic attitude with a little bit impetuousness of youth. Not bad at all.
Maybe we'll get to see this new Supergirl in a new light. It appears she is back on Earth and very much alive.
As for Bedard, on the comment section at Bleeding Cool's article he said:
As for SUPERGIRL, I'm very excited about the opportunity. My focus is to make her even more likable as a character through her friendship with Silver Banshee. I also want to strengthen her Rogues Gallery and make her special in her own right -- not just because she's Superman's cousin. Right now we're planning the initial story arc, but I hope to stick around on the title for a while. Of course, that all depends on how well received it is, so I hope y'all will give me a chance with her. :-)
Those R.E.B.E.L.S. issues were released 5 issues into the Sterling Gates era. Bedard actually did 3 issues post-Joe Kelly and pre-Kelly Puckett. In that tough time for Supergirl, Bedard actually wrote some very good issues, despite those issues being saddled as crossovers for Amazons Attack and Countdown. She was very likable, trying to be a hero, and learning. I have never fully covered those issues here and that might have to change.
And maybe the Michael Alan Nelson era will be super brief? I suppose he didn't have much time to show what his overall plans were. It does make the sting of Zor-El a bit worse, that someone with so little time on Supergirl would make a decision that crucial to her backstory.
But this is good news! Bedard wants her likable (I am 99% sure that Gates/Igle used the same word when they took over the book way back).