Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Supergirl Comic Prediction Post-Convergence
Just as Tony Bedard, K.Perkins, Mike Johnson, and Emanuela Lupacchino had righted the ship and despite consistent and relatively solid sales numbers, DC decided to pull the plug.
Some, including myself, have theorized that the appearance of a Supergirl show on the horizon was one of the prompts to shelve the character.
Would DC decide to create a Supergirl book based on the TV show? A digital first book like Flash Season Zero? Or would they try to somehow soft reboot the Kara on Earth 0 to make her more like the TV character?
The New 52 Kara was a teenager, 16 or 17 years old, just learning her way around Earth and just starting to make a name for herself as a hero.
The Supergirl character on the TV show is 24 yrs old, has been living on Earth for 13 years, and is immersed in Earth culture. She is working and trying to make a name for herself as a young woman in the city and only in the pilot does she embrace her powers and become a hero.
It wouldn't be easy to make the New 52 Kara into something like the show Kara.
I wondered just how DC might pull this off.
And then Convergence happened.
It is hard for me to necessarily wrap my head around what happens here. But Brainiac either sends the pre-Crisis Supergirl and Flash back to the Crisis to make sure that history repeats itself or he sends them back there to rewrite the Crisis and bring back infinite worlds while ending the Anti-Monitor threat. Throw in Parallax and a pre-Flashpoint Superman and maybe there is enough firepower to stop the Crisis without the death of Kara?
And if there are infinite Earths and the pre-Crisis Kara is alive ...
Well maybe that Supergirl is going to be the star of the new Supergirl book.
Because if any DC Supergirl is a decent match for the show Supergirl it is the original.
Both are in their early 20s. Both grew up on Earth, living with the Danvers. Both are inspired by their older cousin.
Heck, take away the headband and red shoulders and even their costumes look similar.
When we last saw the pre-Crisis Supergirl she had just moved to Chicago and was trying to acclimate herself to the big city. She was a grad student then but that could easily be switched.
I mean, I know it is one panel, but I thought this side by side was fascinating.
Both are trying to find a way to satisfy a side of their lives that they feel they haven't explored.
The pre-Crisis Supergirl at this time was trying to make something out of Linda Danvers, bettering herself while maintaining her life as a superhero and force for good.
The show Supergirl is embracing the Kryptonian side of her, trying to become Supergirl as a way to help others.
So I wonder ...
Could we be getting a pre-Crisis Supergirl book, morphed slightly to mirror the show, taking place on some other DC world?
Now the pattern isn't perfect.
So much of what I have seen from the show borrows liberally from the Sterling Gates/Jamal Igle run.
Kara Danvers looks similar to Linda Lang. Kara's sort of innocence, impetuousness, fierceness, and even smidge of dorkiness all in the show feels so much like this Linda/Supergirl.
And the elephant in the room is Cat Grant, the ruthless self-promoter and journalist who wants to make Supergirl into a household name.
So maybe the tone of the book is Gates while the setting of the book is Kupperberg?
Of course all of this will mean that the ending of the Crisis, and therefore Kara's heroic death will no longer be in continuity. And while I still think the reasoning behind the death was flawed, there is no doubt that Supergirl dying in Crisis #7 is a huge moment for the character, impacting subsequent incarnations and resonating throughout all of comics. I don't know if I want to see that go away.
Regardless of my theory, I think it is only a matter of time before we get a Supergirl solo book, one more in line with the show's Kara Danvers.