I have been something of a downer on this blog lately, lamenting the decision by DC Comics to have Supergirl become a member of the Red Lanterns. As someone who has loved Supergirl as a character because of her heroic convictions even as she is learning the ropes, I felt that this was simply a step backwards.
We have already had 2 years of Supergirl being isolated, angry, alone. We have seen flashes of her recognizing the need to move on, to readjust. We have occasionally seen her act the hero. And we had a new creative team vowing to make her likable again. And then this ... a blood spewing Red Lantern, filled only with rage.
Now I was asked if, because of this Red Lantern business, I was going to drop the book. Was this the tipping point that would make me jump ship? Was I going to drop Supergirl ... the title starring my favorite comic book character?
I won't say it didn't cross my mind briefly. But the answer is no. I wont be dropping the book. I have some trust in Tony Bedard. I am hoping this is some redemption story with Supergirl turning to the light in the end, shedding the Red Ring and becoming a hero. And I need to at least see where the story is going.
Don't get me wrong. I would love for this to be a 6-9 issue arc, get the angst all out there, and head back to the being the fiery optimistic young hero I believe Supergirl to be. But I am not dropping the book.
In fact this is the closest I have come to dropping a Supergirl book.
The last volume's first 2 years were something of a mess with a very angry Supergirl rave dancing while people are in danger, bemoaning being on Earth, smoking and sneaking into bars and teasing older men for staring at her 'S' while she wiggled her backside leaning over a pool table. That was bad enough.
But then writer Joe Kelly made things even more insane. Zor-El was delusional, thought the phantom zone had sent ghosts which possessed people, and sent Kara to Earth to kill Kal-El. But before that, we had a flashback where Kara and her father went to her high school and slaughtered the students as they were 'possessed'.
A gun-toting Kara killing her classmates? It was too much for me to take. This was insane. It was character suicide. And in a time of kids shooting up schools, it was idiotic to have the hero of the book do the same.
I think by this time news may have leaked that Kelly was off the book so I stuck around.
But I honestly thought about dropping the title ... me dropping a Supergirl book ... because the direction was all wrong.
In fact, in some ways, that arc spurred me to start this blog, a place to celebrate the character.
I never batted an eye about the Earth Angel series by Peter David. It was clear from the first issue that book was going to be something special, even when I learned how despicable the Linda aspect of her was.
I had little initial interest in this '5 year later' Legion, a grimmer, darker book by description. It was clear with the end of the prior volume of LSH that the stories had become tired and hackneyed and the whole mythos needed a reboot.
I thought about not getting this book, sick of constant grim books, but gave it 'one arc' to grab me. Boy, did it ever. I loved it. I don't think many Legion fans did.
And so I open it up to everyone out there.
Have you ever thought about dropping a book starring your favorite character because the creative direction went somewhere you completely disagreed with and disliked?
Has anyone actually dropped the book starring the favorite character?
I would love to hear from anyone and everyone!