I can’t say that I’m a Supergirl fan. Like Power Girl, I think she’s a character with a potential that hasn’t quite been realized. The problem with both characters is that power-wise they’re too close to their cousin. I’ve enjoyed many a Superman comic, but I’ve neither collected them nor set out to buy one.
Were I to pick a DC character I liked, it would be Batman. Rule of thumb being low power equals more interesting stories. It’s not always true, but that’s the way it is.
(On this, I have to add, I tend to be a bit chauvinistic in picking my heroes. I pick up stories about guys fighting evil far quicker than gals fighting evil. It’s a prejudice I picked up as a boy that I’m trying to shake.)
All of this is merely prologue for the following image:
It’s hard to put into words what this picture does for me. In recent years, I’ve seen other pictures of the character I liked, that I thought might be worthy of her. This one, though, stirred up something else. Something like seeing an old friend. “Oh there you are! How have you been! It’s good to see you!” That sort of thing.
It reminds me of how comics used to be. While she’s in potentially sexy clothes, she is not a sex object. She is a protector, someone of power, some one determined to stand and be true.
I think it’s a good picture.
I think it’s a worthy picture.
It’s from Supergirl #20 and I dunno about the rest of the comic, but with art like that… It looks like something to pick up. More so than a lot of the comics I’ve seen out there. It almost makes me want to be a Supergirl fan. It makes me want to go out, join a forum, and be a right and proper member of a community of like minded individuals!
And then I read something like this:
Making her fatter and uglier with those biker shorts… it just annoyed me and made me feel like Supergirl and her fans are getting punished.
This issue confirmed all my fears about the new creative team. How long is their stay on the title? I can’t wait till it ends. Art is the worst we’ve seen on this title by far (they actually made Supergirl fat and ugly)
And I realize the last time I dived into a comics community I spent most of the time there in a white hot fury talking with idiots. Idiots who felt their opinions were as important as mine.
So I’m just going to confine my praise to this little blog here. And when a trade collecting the Supergirl stories by Renato Guedes and Tony Bedard (hopefully the first of many), I’m going to pick up a copy, just to see if it really is as good as it looks.
And while I’m at it, I’m going to go get that Power Girl collection I saw the other day. It’s time to put my money where my mouth is on that lady.
Half a moment. That didn’t come out right some how…
I would be remiss in not pointing out that I lifted both the image and the quotes from the Occasional Superheroine. She has collected a series of quotes at that particular essay, complete with links to the source. Some of the quotes are excellent. Others make me embarrassed to be male.
And considering who I am and some of the dumb things I’ve done, that’s saying something…