Today I celebrate six years of blogging. Six years.
It's been an interesting 6 years. When I started, Kelley Puckett was trying to rehabilitate Kara from the rough Loeb/Kelly beginnings. Shortly after that we had Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle recreate the character as a hero. At the same time Landry Walker and Eric Jones put together Cosmic Adventures. Suddenly Supergirl was off to the races.
She became a member of the JLA.
She was an important part of the super-family and its crossovers.
She was in Tiny Titans.
She was a merchandising gold mine appearing as statues, busts, shirts, and in countless other collectibles.
She appeared in her first animated movie, a retelling of her origin.
When all this was happening, I kept saying that it was a golden age for Supergirl fans. And that we should appreciate it because there have been leaner times before and there may be leaner times to come.
Then the New 52 came out and all the progress the character made in the three years prior was erased. We were back to square one ... back to the depths that Loeb and Kelly had dragged her to. Suddenly Kara was once again a loner, not interested in being a hero or a good family member or a friend. And just when it seemed that writer Mike Johnson and artist Mahmud Asrar were turning the corner on that portion of Kara's life, that grief and anger might be behind her, H'El on Earth derailed the title. And then the two were off the book.
Michael Alan Nelson came on board, teased us with an excellent 2-parter with Power Girl showing a strong, funny, and smart Kara. But then he exiled her to space, had Zor-El become the Cyborg Superman, and then killed Kara off.
Now Kara is a Red Lantern. And Jeff Lemire calls her the opposite of optimism and bright and plans to make her the angry bull-headed loner of a Justice League.
There is a season ... turn, turn, turn.
That is a lot of ups and down I have covered on this site!And I have been glad to do so, championing the good and questioning the bad. But I couldn't do it alone.
As always, there wouldn't be an anniversary if it weren't for the community that comes here. I love the discussion that happens, especially when opinions differ and a true conversation happens. I especially want to thank the 'regulars'. You all know who you are. Thanks so much for coming here and talking Supergirl with me. I am thrilled to know that there is a fanbase for Kara that is strong and vocal.
And I would like to thank the creators who I have come to know through this site. I especially want to thank them when the drop a comment and interact with us here. It was great to talk to Mike Maihack about his Red/Blue Supergirl piece. And in particular, I would like to thank Scott Lobdell for coming by a couple of times and engaging me in a nice mini Q and A session in the comments section. I haven't always been kind to Mr. Lobdell when reviewing his books. So I appreciate his coming by and talking about things.
So thanks again for stopping by and talking Supergirl and all things Super with me. Thanks for putting up with my long-winded reviews and occasional rants. It is great to chat with all of you.