Thursday, April 14, 2016

DC Rebirth Previews - Supergirl

The DC Comics Preview book came out this week, finally giving us some information about the upcoming Rebirth books and answering a few questions.

I have said it before. I'll say it again. I am more optimistic about #Rebirth than I ever was about the New 52. This seems a more thought out, more controlled, and more imaginative take on the DCU than the 52 ever was. Hearing about the books and teams and ideas as well as flipping through this book, it just feels like this is more thought out. The New 52, while diverse in books (monsters, westerns, anthologies, etc.), the tone seemed monochromatic. Things were dark.

These books seem more nuanced, more varied, and some joy.

And what about Supergirl? Well, Steve Orlando has said all the right things. So how is DC marketing it?

Supergirl. What’s her deal?
Supergirl is back and working for the DEO (Department of Extranormal Operations) to defend National City from those who would do it harm, As Kara Danvers, average American high school student, Supergirl must balance her life as a superhero with her new life on Earth But some demons from her Kryptonian past are coming back to haunt her, and Kara will find herself making the toughest choices of her young life!
APPEARING IN: SUPERGIRL from writer Steve Orlando and artist Brian Ching.
STATUS QUO SHIFT: From depowered wandering soul to repowered superhero!
WHY THEY WEAR THE SHIELD: To continue the legacy of her cousin, Superman, and make her adopted home a better place!
Well, first off, things seem pretty aligned with the television show. The DEO. Living in National City. Calling herself Kara Danvers. All of that folds into the show's premise seamlessly. Still, this is a younger Kara. She is a teenager, not a young woman. And while it is implied she is still trying to adjust to Earth, at least she has embraced the planet as home. When we last saw her in the old book, she was bleeding from a cut on her finger so at least we will have some resolution given that the mention her as being 'depowered wandering soul'.

But that last line is the clincher for me. Kara wants to continue to legacy of her cousin. So she likes and respects and wants to emulate Kal. And she wants to make Earth a better place. That is much better than hating the world like she did when written by Lobdell and others.

I would have preferred Linda Danvers. But otherwise I can't complain about this. Sounds great.

So what do you all think?


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing Anj. My immediate thoughts is at least DC marketing is on the same page as Steve O. Can only see where
things go from here. The tag "depowered wandering soul" kinda intrigues me... did Kara go on her own walkabout a la "Truth?"
and if so, what experiences did she have? Interesting material for flashbacks and "why I do this," methinks.

Can't wait till Sept 7th!


Anonymous said...

The pieces of information on this new series continue to be so exciting that's even scary. But if Kara is still a high school student, I wonder what role Cat Grant will have.

And I know this is a Supergirl-centered blog, but I really wanted to know your thoughts about New Super-Man, Superwoman, and the SuperLuthor on Action Comics...

Anonymous said...

Haha maybe cat is taking a part time teaching newspaper editorial classes at local high school while moving to national city just recently left daily planet to startu her catco media company.

Anonymous said...

This sounds interesting, Teen SG is a good fount for stories and the overall milieu seems aligned with the character's core concepts and the TV's show overarching themes. So this sounds like we are actually getting TWO Supergirl books this year, the reboot and the teevee show tie in....thats unprecedented.
I'll be buying both to be sure.

Anonymous said...

September 7th?!

I'm going to be suffering from Supergirl withdrawal after the last 6 months...