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....