The creators who are guiding Supergirl into the next stage of her life have been hitting the interview circuit and as a Supergirl fan I have been watching closely. This feels like a crucial part of Supergirl's history in the New 52. It seems like DC realizes the relentlessly angry and isolated Kara is not sustainable. The Red Daughter story has been labeled a transformative story, a way to turn things around. So let's see if that hold true.
TMS: Supergirl has been through the ringer in the
New 52. She thinks Superman is a jerk and they’ve fought nearly every
time they’ve met, often physically as well as verbally. On top of that,
she became a Red Lantern recently. How is she going to adjust to working
in a group like this?
Lemire: Supergirl is a very interesting character to
write. She starts off being what she’s been in the New 52 universe so
far. She’s an angry loner who doesn’t get along with everyone. But then I
want to take her somewhere completely different. I want to see her grow
and change and become part of a family rather than just being a member
of a team. She’s going to have an arc. You’ll see her evolve and become
part of the universe more.
So this book's continuity has to be post-Red Daughter because Kara is back in her Kryptonian garb. And I was hoping that post-Red Lantern we would have the 'new' Kara, the anger and isolation behind her. I imagined that her joining a team was an easy way to show that. She is looking to be in the DCU, to make friends, to be in a group.
Instead ... again ... Lemire says she's is an angry loner.
And then he talks about taking her somewhere differently, having her grow and become part of the family. He even says she will have her own arc.
Which I suppose is fine.
But can't DC just get there? Can't the creators be on the same page?? If Bedard and Soule are rehabbing her in Supergirl/Red Lantern, why isn't that seen here?
Lemire is a solid writer. I just hope things turn around quickly. I am sick of 'angry loner' Kara. It makes no sense.
CBR: Let's move to "Red Lanterns" -- that seems
like a neat title to be on, because unlike everything we've just been
saying, there really isn't much in the way of expectations for what that
book means. It's been around for a couple of years, but it's a
relatively new prospect, and it seems that you can do a lot there. Is
that a big part of the attraction for you? CS: Yeah. I like Guy Gardner, personally. He's one of my favorite
characters in the DCU, and the idea of writing a book built around him
was a big deal for me. Supergirl just joined the team -- it's funny,
they're not like a team in the traditional sense, they really are more
like a gang. So she's become a part of the gang, and a lot of tension
and conflict is happening. The last issue that just came out, Guy tries
to pawn her off on Superman, and both she and Superman aren't
particularly thrilled about that -- somebody gets hit with a tanker. You get to do crazy things in "Red Lanterns," which is neat. It's
open in that way.
I will say that Red Lanterns has been something of a surprise for me. It is a really fun comic. Yes, they are rage-y but they aren't necessarily villains. They seem to have the right goals; they just get there in a darker way. And lastly, they seem like their biggest drive if for people to have the personal freedom to do what they want. Does that make them anarchists? Or civil libertarians??
It is interesting that Supergirl has so quickly become 'one of the gang'. She was basically palling around with Skallox and Zilius last issue. Hopefully that is the first step of ending this isolated Supergirl.
CBR: Let's focus a bit more on Supergirl in "Red Lanterns" -- it's an
idea that sounds crazy at first, but then you think about it and it has a
lot of fun potential. What inspired that, and how have you enjoyed
seeing it through? CS: I will take credit for this one, for better or worse. At the Superman
summit last October, when we were talking about the Superman line and
building the "Doomed" crossover, we were talking about what to do with
Supergirl. I was writing "Red Lanterns" at the time, and I'm like, "Why
doesn't she join the team? I think she'd be a good fit, it'd be
interesting, we could do something cool with her, build her up in a way
and change her character around a little bit." Change is important to
these characters -- you want to keep them familiar, but you also want to
bring them to new places and do new things with them. It seemed like this would really work, and as soon as I said it,
people were like, "Huh, that could be OK!" It took a little time to put
all the pieces together, but now it's humming. It's like
"Superman/Wonder Woman" -- people weren't sure what to expect, but now
that they're reading it, I've been hearing nothing but good things.
We have heard this story before of Soule joining the Superman summit and recommending Kara joining Red Lanterns. What is new is hearing the follow-up sentence where Soule says he wanted to 'build her up and change her a bit.' I would love to hear more about this from Soule. Was this a spur of the moment idea? Did he know anything about Supergirl before this meeting? Is he a fan? Did he know how he wanted to change her?
I will admit the Red Lantern Supergirl stuff has been much better than I anticipated. That said, I will withhold a final verdict until I see the finale. I want a likeable Supergirl to be the denouement to this mega-arc.