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Snap Judgments -- Supergirl #1

Welcome to another installment of Snap Judgments, where I take a look at sketchy information about an upcoming project and make a WAG (Wild Ass Guess) as to whether or not it'll be any good.

Today's subject is the new Supergirl comic that will be starting up after Flashpoint ends.  Here's the solicitation information for Supergirl #1 --


Written by MICHAEL GREEN and MIKE JOHNSON  Art and cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman – and none of his affection for the people of Earth. So don’t piss her off!

Hmm...what does that remind me of?  Oh, yes.  This image from the "Draw Supergirl" meme that went around....

You might want to click on the image, then click on it again to get a good look at the shoes.

I have stated before that the current crop of writers doesn't have Clue One what to do with Supergirl.  As Keith Giffen pointed out, she's written inconsistently, and is either an innocent, a well-meaning klutz, a slut, or a bitch, depending on who the writer is at that particular moment.  She's not depicted heroically anymore.  The description from the solicitation makes it sound like they've abandoned the pretense of making her a legitimate character and are just making her petulant.

This is actually a problem.  Character arcs are anathema in comics.  Many have talked about "the illusion of change", making it seem like the characters are advancing when, in reality, they aren't.  Peter Parker, for example, may have graduated high school, but the change was an illusion.  He was still simply a student.  It would be one thing if Supergirl was to start off and start to understand why heroism is so important, for her to start off thinking her cousin was a dip but then start to understand why.  But you need time to make such an epic change, and an editorial staff with the desire and attention span to see it happen.

Supergirl is simply another "bad girl" comic now, but without the sex appeal that makes the bad girls such a hit.  The creative staff doesn't inspire much confidence, either.  Superman is a big Boy Scout.  Supergirl is supposed to be a big Girl Scout.  Unlike those two Kryptonians, that just doesn't fly anymore.

Oh, and just for the hell of it, here's a drawing of Supergirl I did a while ago while waiting on hold on the phone.  Yes, I really was on hold that long....


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Jun. 11th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
Excuse me, but is that an anarchy symbol on the toe of her shoe... while we are at it, she's the one who can fly, so who is she telling to "back up"...
Jun. 13th, 2011 05:58 am (UTC)
This actually makes me even more relieved that the comics shop screwed up and canceled my account with them (I didn't bother to renew) now that this whole 'reboot thing' is happening.

I don't need another Kraptastic Kara. I'll hang on to all the might-have-beens,(imagine what 'Blonde Justice' could have been under PAD at the end of Linda Danvers' tenure wearing the 'S' and when the Silver Age Kara showed up).

Jun. 14th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
You may not realize it, but you have actually just hit on the very real problem with this whole thing.

I'm not the Peter David fan I used to be, but the influence he had on me is pretty obvious. Part of what I admired so much about David was gave us CHARACTERS. General comic writers (and I'm talking everyone, Marvel and Image are just as guilty of this) give us ATTITUDES. Characters behave in a certain way that serves the story and doesn't risk it going off the rails. David's writing, if any of his characters do anything other than what you see, the entire story changes (it was one of the things I loved about X-Men 2, how the action in the final act and what the characters had to do to solve the problem changed depending on who was with Xavier at the moment).

I've bitched about how DC has handled Supergirl for a long time now. The worst was when the current version of Terra was introduced. Supergirl was at a party when a fight broke out involving Terra and whatever bad guy it was. Supergirl was complaining about the party ending, and Terra lectured her on what it means to be a hero. When you have a newly minted hero telling SUPERGIRL how to be a hero, someone in Editorial should have hit the rewrite button.
Jun. 14th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
I don't think the powers that be at DC ever knew how to write Supergirl on a consistent basis. There have been some good times, and there have been some decidedly horrible times.

We've come a long way from the Kara Zor-El of the 50s, and those were (apparently) gentler times. Of course I wouldn't expect a 21st century Kara to be a carbon copy of that earlier incarnation of the Maid of Might, but geez... either she's as strong as Kal or she isn't, and if she isn't, give us a legitimate reason why.

Either she's conflicted and unsure of herself because she's suddenly thrust into a role she never imagined herself, or she's a quick study and is willing to take up the burden of the 'S' mantle and train to become what she's (apparently) destined to become.

Either she's lonely and depressed due to survivor's guilt, or she gets some counseling from a trusted source to deal with it.

It's not rocket science, and it certainly doesn't need to be melodramatic and rife with teenage stereotypes or sex symbolism.

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