Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Supergirl Comic Box Commentary Is Six Years Old

Today I celebrate six years of blogging.

Six years.

That's crazy.

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.


Count Drunkula said...

I'm so glad to have discovered this blog over the last year. You do terrific work, Anj, and every post makes me like Supergirl a little more!

Keep up the good work, and maybe I'll see you at Boston Comic Con this summer!

Siskoid said...

Happy birthday, Ang's blog!

I share your despondency over the Supergirl's mismanagement. I loved where she was going during and after the New Krypton storyline, and got back into the character when she crossed paths with Power Girl, but DC just doesn't want to tell those kinds of stories on a consistent basis. I'll be there for Kara when she comes out of her funk though.

Hey Tiny Titans is coming back, so you could have some hopeful Supergirl moments to talk about in the near future!

Anonymous said...

New 52 Supergirl made me fall in love with superhero comics. While I have sworn never to buy "Red Daughter of Krypton" I hope it will lead to brighter things. You're right when you say that fortunes change Anj, and I know we'll all see a better Kara someday. To the future!

Anonymous said...

Hope you keep it going Anj, it's been a blast these four years I've been comming and even though I stopped writting comments some time ago last year, I still visit the blog at a weekly basis for more Kara goodness, all of the Kara(s) goodness.

Here's to 6 and more years down the road and for more Super & Power team-ups. ;)

Martin Gray said...

Congratulations, and thanks for one of my favourite sites. I love that you're always here, fighting for Kara.

And yes, the good times will return!

Anonymous said...

Congrats and happy birthday, this blog is a vital component of Supergirl fan-dom.

I can pay it or you no higher praise...


Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the top-notch commentary keeping me abreast of the old and the new in Supergirl! Cheers!

Diabolu Frank said...

Using all those sixth Supergirl issue covers for your blog's sixth anniversary post was an inspired touch! I'm totally going to steal it for my Martian Manhunter blog's seventh anniversary! Across nearly six decades of comics there's Tom Mandrake's sixth issue cover from 1999 and Al Barrionuevo's from 2007 and... um. Yeah. Well, your idea was keen, anyway.

So hey, isn't it great to hear Rob talk about how when he started his blog, Arthur Curry was dead and Sword was on the verge of cancellation, but now Aquaman is one of comics' most popular heroes with two ongoing series and annuals and everything?

We should drive to Jersey and punch that guy repeatedly. I'm a lot closer to Florida though, so if Firestorm gets a second New 52 ongoing, we can divvy up the battery duties by relative distance?

Anj said...

Thanks for all the comments and well-wishes!

I can't imagine slowing down! So here's to many anniversaries to come!

elknight20 said...

Mazel tov, Anj! Wishing you many more long years up on the interwebs! :)

P.s. I live in New Jersey & I'm heading to Special Edition: NYC in June.