Saturday, February 7, 2015
I am sort of burying the lede here but the title of this post is our ultimate destination.
Two days ago, Geoff Johns announced that he was no longer going to be the writer on Superman moving forward. That was the opening salvo in a flurry of announcements by DC Comics as they once again reimagine their universe a mere 3 years after the New 52.
Newsarama had the actual DC Comics press release discussing the the new look and feel of the DCU. It is must reading in full. Here is the link:https://m.facebook.com/Newsarama/posts/10153661966548298
And then some interesting blurbs:
BURBANK, Calif. (February 6, 2015) – This summer, DC Entertainment launches a bold new direction for the DC Universe (DCU) that is even more inclusive and accessible to a wider group of readers as the publisher continues to evolve comic storytelling for its next generation of fans. Award-winning, critically acclaimed writers are headlining the June 2015 slate of DC Comics’ new periodicals and graphic novels, including Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Hitch, Garth Ennis and Ming Doyle.
Breakout star, Brenden Fletcher, co-writer behind the all new, highly successful BATGIRL book will also be writing the new BLACK CANARY series launching in June. Fan favorites Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will be the creative team on new titles STARFIRE and HARLEY QUINN/POWER GIRL and will continue to helm the perennially bestselling HARLEY QUINN.
“Beyond character and creators, the June slate will showcase different styles and approaches to storytelling as we add offbeat, irreverently funny titles such as BIZARRO, BAT-MITE and PREZ,” said Lee. “Truly there will be something for everybody as we simultaneously celebrate our rich legacy while embracing new voices and concepts.”
So there is a lot to like about this announcement. The DC Universe will be "inclusive and accessible." We get Gene Luen Yang on Superman which is very intriguing. Ming Doyle will write Constantine. Patch Zircher will draw Green Arrow. Black Canary gets a book by Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu. And Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner get to carve out a bigger chunk of fun including Power Girl/Harley!
The inclusion of books like Prez and Bat-Mite feels like the lesser known corners of the New 52 when DC gave ideas like Frankenstein and OMAC a shot.
But then the bad news. The complete list of titles from DC Comics.
And nowhere on that list is Supergirl.
Of the ongoing series, there are some interesting picks that survived the axe. Deathstroke goes on. The New Suicide Squad continues. That despite both books having been canceled and retried already within the 3 years of the New 52.
Lobo goes on. Sinestro goes on.
But not Supergirl, a book selling 26K a month with a new and exciting direction. There wasn't even a 'Final Issue' blurb meaning we might not see the ending of what K. Perkins and Mike Johnson and Emanuela Lupacchino have planned. And that seems foolish as this book seems completely in line with what that first release discusses ... something for everyone. Supergirl has strong young female super-hero with a sci-fi wrinkle. It is fun and fast and beautiful and pretty deep. And the company had just redeemed the character!
There are a lot of interesting books coming out ... some of them sound great.
But no Supergirl.
I had a whirlwind of thoughts about this when I didn't see the title on the list.
1.We will be leaving this Supergirl in the middle of an arc, with no understanding of Crucible, etc.
2. This sounds so much like DC and their approach to Kara ... two steps forward, one step back.
3. It seems I won't have a monthly Supergirl book to review here any more.
4. Watch them go dark again when they inevitable reboot her!
5. This will feel weird. There'll be no Super girl monthly for the first time in almost 10 years!
Look. This has been a very good decade for Supergirl fans. There have been some lows. But the highs have been high. In Comics, Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle started the party. We had Landry Walker and Eric Jones. James Peaty and Bernard Chang. Kelly Sue DeConnick and Chris Cross. Tony Bedard and Yildiray Cinar. K. Perkins, Mike Johnson, and Emanuela Lupacchino. In JLA, we had James Robinson, Mark Bagley, and Brett Booth. We had Jeff Lemire and Mike McKone. In Wednesday Comics, we had Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Bryan Q. Miller wrote her in Smallville as a mature hero.
We had Supergirl star in animated movies and shorts. We had her in Smallville. We will have her in her own show.
It has been a very good decade!
But there will be no Supergirl comic in June. And when I look at the lineup DC is putting out ... when I see books that already seem destined for cancellation ... when I think of Supergirl being a book that sold 26K a month ... when I think of how great the comic has been recently ... I just don't understand why.
And I am going to make a prediction here. I bet Supergirl completely disappears from comics for months. We won't see her. And then, as the show nears, we get a new Supergirl title. And somehow that Supergirl will be more aligned with the show's version ... slightly older, working, and living in the big city. That gap will be a soft reboot, where the changes in her can be explained away.
It is just a shame that the current book won't be here anymore.
Because I was finally reading the Supergirl I wanted to in this New 52 universe.