This Eddie Berganza editorial in DC Nation is the latest oil tossed on the fire. First, I'm not as annoyed about the character as Rachelle is. But I am annoyed with the patronizing tone of Mr. Eddie Berganza.
I'll repeat my history with Kara. I started reading her adventures in the mid-'60s. We pretty much grew up together. I had LoCs printed in her own title. Mr. B says, "I'm looking to attract women to read SUPERGIRL." Well, here I am. A woman. A 53-year-old woman. And I'm reading Supergirl.
I was thrilled to have Kara back. After all, it was her death in Crisis on Infinite Earths that led to my 10-year boycott (except for a few more years of Titans) of comics. I have lots of time and emotion invested in this character. And yet, I allowed for the changes in this version, that her father and his brother weren't on the best of terms. That he seems to have sent his daughter to Earth with an ulterior motive. That Kara has a lot of baggage and shit to work out. Fine. I can even see, now that Joe Kelly's taken over, some of the sweetness of the original character.
Aside from her emaciated look, I'm not gonna rail much about the costume. Yes, the skirt could be longer and less midriff could be on display. But given what I see teen girls running around in in weather above the freezing point, Kara's almost modest. At least she doesn't have piercings and tats. Hmmmm..... with her super skin..... never mind.
I wasn't thrilled with this statement from Mr. B:
"Jeph Loeb with the incomparable Mike Turner had already created the buzz, and Greg Rucka kept your attention during his all too short run."But I understand he can't diss his creative staff, even the ones no longer on a particular book. And I can ignore the fact that much of that "buzz" was rather negative.
Okay, he can talk the good talk, even if not everyone will concede the point or even agree.
"No standard hero on patrol bit here. We were gonna make Kara a typical teenager, which meant she wouldn't listen to the grownups (in her case a guy named Kal) and wouldn't appreciate being given chores (killing Kal for her dad, Zor-El). She'd just be a girl trying to find her place in the world. Sure, some of you may not be keen that we didn't go straight into America's Sweetheart mode with her, but, hey, we know that's what she will eventually become. For us, it's the hero's journey that's interesting. I compare this to what's being done with Clark on SMALLVILLE."Yes, Eddie, the journey is what fascinates. I'll give you that. But with her beginnings, she can't ever bee the sweet, innocent character she once was, who had to grow up and became a bit jaded about things because she discovered what life is like. This Kara started out that way and some horrible things have already happened to her and you can't go back from that, no matter how resilient you are. I have a BA and half a masters in psych. I do have some understanding about this. It's a given that all these experiences will influence who she becomes, or should.
But I hate Smallville. I found it cloying and annoying and nothing's changed my mind on the few occasions I stumble across it, so this isn't a good comparison for me.
Also, can we speed it up, this journey? Sure, Kelly made great strides in his first issue, but things are stalling a bit, getting a tad repetitious and backward feeling. Sure, life's like that, but this isn't real life. It's fiction, a comic, a story being spread out and if it goes on too long, all those readers you want to embrace Kara are going to be long gone by the time she becomes this wonderful, sweet person, if the book hasn't been canceled by then due to low sales. And I do not want that to happen.
I've been reading superhero comics since I was 7 and discovered Superman and Batman, along with all those Archies and Classics Illustrateds and romance comics I devoured. I liked them then, and now, because I'm an action/adventure junkie (as an observer or reader, only) and if you throw in great characters, strong dialogue, and wonderful art, you'll have me completely hooked. I suppose I'm not typical, or at least, I wasn't typical of my generation when no other girls I knew would touch a superhero comic. And if you're looking for women to read Supergirl, you've got to take into account that women are adults and not many adults of either sex read comics, or at least, not past their early 20s. It's taken graphic novels to make "comics" sexy for grownup readers.
And here's another news flash, Eddie:
"Now, she has a new love interest in Power Boy, a "hero" that Ian designed, keeping in mind the great attributes that are usually associated with female characters…and the reason most women don't like the super-hero genre. Like the chest window of his costume? His constant posing? Yes, he's a mimbo, but he'll be a lot worse to Kara when issue #15 hits."This whole "mimbo" thing? I don't like it. I don't want role reversal. Sure, sexy male characters are nice, but fully rounded characters of both sexes who are sexy is even better. We can't move forward to equality if we stereotype any character, male or female. I think you mean well, Eddie, but this is just so wrongheaded.
I appreciate the job Joe Kelly has done to rescue the new Kara from her sucky beginnings, (though I didn't mind her appearances in Superman/Batman nearly as much as the early issues of her own title), but it's time to pick up the pace and get Kara to be the character we love and want to read about, because this journey of hers isn't something that's cutting it. Personally, much as I have no problems with the changes in her background, I think a simple updating of her original origin, her two sets of parents (yeah, can't use the Danvers anymore, huh?), even her working behind the scenes and learning about Earth and being a normal teen before going public as SG would have been a fun read. I'll bet Gail Simone could've done wonders with her, because she's been doing a marvelous job with the new Atom.
Oh, and Ale Garza is taking over art chores on the book? I think he draws ugly females. I am not happy about this at all.