Thursday, April 2, 2015

Comics Alliance: The History Of Supergirl Explained

With the Supergirl show on the horizon, I have been impressed with the sheer amount of coverage the character is getting. And I'll be honest, I was hoping that her character would get covered by Comics Alliance in a 'Comics, Everybody!' strip.

Lo and behold, it happened this week! Here is the link:

The idea behind 'Comics, Everybody!' is to review the history of a comic character, often humorously pointing out the crazy twists that can occur only in comics. From resurrections to possessions to reboots, 'Comics, Everybody!' covers all the nuttiness. And whenever there is a question that can't be answered ... well the response is 'comics, everybody'.

So this strip does take a tongue in cheek look at the 'prototype' magic totem Supergirl from Superman #123, Superman throwing Linda into a orphanage, the oddness of Comet, the ickiness of dating Lex, and even the more shrill nature of the initial Loeb reboot and the New 52.

Shockingly, her death in Crisis on Infinite Earths is only mentioned in passing (although as one of the saddest moments in comics!) and without an homage to the cover!

For Supergirl fans it is definitely worth checking out.

But this panel ... far and away ... was my favorite of the piece.

I am an unabashed fan of the Peter David Linda Danvers/Matrix series. So to see that character redone as a 'Scott Pilgrim' like character, earning 'Wings of Fire' was just about perfect.

The perfectionist in me says she never sported the wings while wearing the DCAU uniform. But this strip is a sort of mash-up of her history. It is easily forgiven.

I love the fact that Supergirl is getting all this attention. It has been a long time coming!


Anonymous said...

As you said Anj, it's presented more tounge in cheek, so seriousness? COMICS, EVERYONE!

And I agree, the Scott Pilgrim-esque level-up of PAD Supergirl, while inaccurate, cracked me up to no end! Thanks for sharing!


Anonymous said...

No loved for Cir-el version.

Anonymous said...

Karl Heitmueller Jr. does something similar in "Back Issue" Magazine, a sort of comic book essay on a particular bronze age character. Since BI is devoting some space to Supergirl in the 1970's this fall I'm hoping he'll review Kara's Kareer back in the day.