DC's January solicits included this cover for Supergirl #38 and immediately I wondered if the new creative team was going to change Supergirl's costume. Goggles? Pants? No red crotch shield?
I have issues with the lower portion of Supergirl's new 52 costume and would welcome a change.
But is this a new costume or something else?
Initially I wondered if it could be some form of school uniform. But I am assuming the cat-creatures in the foreground are also students and they aren't wearing anything.
And then someone, and I wish I remember who, said this costume reminded them of something else.
I was reminded that Kara wore traditional Kryptonian battle armor back in Supergirl #10. Of course this was a fever dream of the Black Banshee.
Here is a close-up of that battle armor, including wild yellow goggle/face shield. It isn't exact. But it is pretty similar.
And with Crucible Academy being a 'super-school' where future heroes and champions go to learn and train, I suppose this being some sort of Kryptonian combat gear for class might also be a possibility.
Comic Book Resources recently gave a sneak peek of 2 pages of Supergirl #36, the first issue of the new creative team. And one of those pages is another look at the gear from the cover. Here is the link:
Here are a couple of panels from their exclusive look.
Here is that costume again. It definitely has a more battle armor feel to it in this panel. And boy, that is one voluminous cape!
Could this just be for Crucible exercises? I hope so. As much as I dislike the red crotch shield, I don't think I want Kara in battle armor all the time.
Still ... fascinating.
I had to include some panels from the other page CBR showed. Kara meets the returned and bearded Kal.
But the bigger thing is that it looks like she is working the register of a coffee shop! Nothing says 'embracing Earth as home' as a first job! Look at that frustrated face in the first panel.
If Kara is bringing home the bacon, she must think of Earth as her home now. So it is sort of a shame we may not be seeing more of that if the book goes completely off planet.
And it is just beautiful art by Emanuela Lupacchino!