Post by sunofdarkchild on Sept 20, 2015 7:46:15 GMT -5
When Comixology started selling the 90s PAD Supergirl series I started picking it up, having heard that it is the best Supergirl run even though it doesn't have the 'real' Supergirl. I got hooked and after a few weeks went and ordered the whole series so I wouldn't have wait for comixology to get through 12 issues a month.
This will be my first time reviewing a series/run issue by issue. I tried to start a thread like this on cbr, but the lack of any response combined with computer problems I was having for a couple of weeks afterwards killed the idea after a single review.
But before getting to issue #1, I'll be starting with Showcase 96 #8, which is the first time Peter David wrote Supergirl and led into the series proper just the following month.
Supergirl is in a hospital, looking at a newborn baby and wondering what it's like to be born and to die. After being kicked out of that room, she ignores a reporter who tries to ask about the hurricane that just hit and turns invisible in order to sneak into the morgue. She wishes she could have saved someone who died during the storm. Afterwards the reporter finally gets an interview with her, though she is confused by the questions. Supergirl remembers how at one point during the storm she had had to choose between checking to see if a man who crashed her car was all right and getting a woman in labor to the hospital. She saved the mother and child but the driver of the other car was dead when she got back, and she's haunted by that failure despite all the other lives she saved. When asked what a typical day for her is like she responds that she doesn't have anything in her life outside of helping people or if she's even alive. The issue ends with Supergirl, exhausted from flying around saving people all day, getting some well-earned shut-eye.
My thoughts: This was a pretty big change from how the Matrix Supergirl was characterized in the Superman books. There she had been naïve, eager to please, somewhat bubbly, and in general very childlike. Not stupid-it was her plan after all that got 'Team Superman' into Engine City in one piece in the Return of Superman storyarc-but childlike. And of course chronologically she was the same age as a small child, maybe even a toddler.
She had been forced to grow up when she learned how Luthor, whom she had been dating, tried to breed an army of clones from her protomatter. Afterwards she was shown be very slow to trust in her brief time with the Titans, not even revealing the full extent of her powers for fear of how they'd react. After the Titans disbanded (again) she'd have been aimless, with no secret identity she wouldn't have had anything to ground her when she wasn't out being a superhero. So it makes sense that she'd end up brooding about her existence when left by herself.
It also makes sense that she'd take it so hard when she fails to save someone. It happens to every superhero. But she doesn't have a life outside of helping people, so she takes failure harder than she probably should.
While it makes sense that Supergirl has changed since breaking up with Luthor, it would have been better if there was some sort of acknowledgement in the story itself that the change had occurred. New readers might not be familiar with everything that goes on in the Superman comics and might assume that she was always like this. And for a story that's supposed to lead into an ongoing series it's surprising not to see any mention of her past history. And that brings the score down.
It paints a very sad picture of Supergirl's life as being aimless and her persona as unconfident and does a good job of showing that she needs more out of life than being a hero 24/7. B-