THE GIRLS OF STEEL WEEK DAY FIVE

Welcome to the final day of The Girls of Steel Weekhere at the Fortress.  For five days I want to celebrate the various characters that have been given the name Supergirl.  Instead of ranking them one to five I am going to go in chronological order, so sit back and enjoy the various Maids of Might that have been around DC Comics for over fifty years!

The Girls of Steel Week Day Five: Kara Zor-El 2.0

You know, I really feel bad for the current Supergirl.

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THE GIRLS OF STEEL WEEK DAY FOUR

Welcome to The Girls of Steel Week here at the Fortress.  For five days I want to celebrate the various characters that have been given the name Supergirl.  Instead of ranking them one to five I am going to go in chronological order, so sit back and enjoy the various Maids of Might that have been around DC Comics for over fifty years!

The Girls of Steel Week Day Four: Cir-El

I didn’t like Cir-El.

At all.

Not even a little.

Let’s go back to 2003 for a paragraph or two.    It’s the early part of the year and Superman got his very own 10 Cent Adventure just like Batman did and in that book we got our first glimpse of Cir-El, the  new Supergirl and I was put off immediately.  I didn’t like her.  She was annoying and to add insult to injury that book came out a month or so before the last issue of Linda Danver’s series hit the stands.  There is an old saying about not waiting and a body not being cold yet that springs to mind.  Superman: The Ten Cent Adventure was supposed to be the opening salvo in a bold new era of Superman and while I enjoyed the book on some levels in the end I felt like something was being foisted on me quite against my will.

And that goes to the heart of why I have such an issue with Cir-El.  When the Matrix version of Supergirl was introduced it was to little fanfare and became a sub-plot/mystery that ran for several months before we were given the lowdown on the character.  When they brought her back after a two year absence in 1992 her role in the Superman books was minor at first and evolved into something bigger.  When Linda Danvers was introduced there was some hype surrounding the first issue but Peter David took his time in establishing the character.  We got to know her over several months and then they started playing with her place in the Superman mythos of the time.

In both cases DC didn’t shove either characters in our faces and yelled, “HERE’S THE NEW SUPERGIRL!  ISN’T SHE AWESOME?” and that’s what it felt like with Cir-El.

I vividly remember thinking, many times in fact, “They canceled Peter David’s series for this?  Are you @#$%ing kidding me?”

The fact that her first appearance began what I call my “Vietnam” era of Superman reading and collecting doesn’t help either.  While I think that Joe Casey and Steven T. Seagle are both competent writers I was not a fan of their work on the Man of Steel.  The stories were uneven, the art was either inconsistent or just not to my liking.  I dig Scott McDaniel ‘s work when he’s drawing Nightwing or Batman, not when he is drawing Superman.  I was just flat out hating the books and in the midst of all of that was this new Supergirl that had a stupid costume and a lousy back story.

The thing is I am beginning to wonder if it was really her fault.  A character isn’t bad, what’s done with him or her is.  Maybe if things were going a little better in the Superman titles and I was enjoying the monthly grind of collecting I would have liked her more.  That’s not how it went though.  Instead we got a year or so of this character and not much to show for it.

I feel bad for Cir-El.

I really do.

She never really had a chance between the quality of the stories she appeared in and readers like me not accepting her because of how she was introduced.

Sigh.

Maybe I’ll like her more on the second go round.  I doubt it but there’s always a chance.

Well, that’s it for today.  Sorry this one turned out kind of depressing but that’s the way things work out sometimes.  Come back tomorrow for the last day of Girls of Steel Week where I talk about the current version of Kara Zor-El.

More to follow…

THE GIRLS OF STEEL WEEK DAY THREE

Welcome to The Girls of Steel Week here at the Fortress.  For five days I want to celebrate the various characters that have been given the name Supergirl.  Instead of ranking them one to five I am going to go in chronological order, so sit back and enjoy the various Maids of Might that have been around DC Comics for over fifty years!

The Girls of Steel Week Day Three: Matrix/Linda Danvers

A week or so ago I chose the Matrix version of Supergirl as my second favorite supporting hero from the Superman titles circa 1990/1992. In that post I talked about what a great character I thought she was and how the Matrix iteration was all that and a bag of chips with ranch dressing on the side and gave a brief rundown of her early days, so I really don’t want to go over all of that again.   If this is your first time here at the Fortress or if you just plain missed out on all of that you can read that post here.

What I really want to talk about today is the Peter David version of Supergirl.

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THE GIRLS OF STEEL WEEK DAY TWO: YOUTUBE TUESDAY!

Welcome to The Girls of Steel Week here at the Fortress.  For five days I want to celebrate the various characters that have been given the name Supergirl.  Instead of ranking them one to five I am going to go in chronological order, so sit back and enjoy the various Maids of Might that have been around DC Comics for over fifty years!

The Girls of Steel Week Day Two: Supergirl The Movie a.k.a. YouTube Tuesday for 08/17-2010

I like when things fall into place without prior planning.

So I decide to do this whole Girls of Steel Week thing, right?  And I planned to talk about the various Supergirls in chronological order, right?  And YouTube Tuesday happens on Tuesday, right?  I mean it’s right there in the name.  So how cool is it that YouTube Tuesday hits on the day I want to post some YouTube videos from the Supergirl movie like the one above which I think is a teaser trailer of some sort.  Not the teaser trailer from the two-disc DVD I bought years ago but still kind of cool, like this full trailer below.

There are aspects of this movie that I really like and while I could make the joke that those aspects are  poking out of  the S symbol on Helen Slater’s Supergirl costume but I will refrain from doing so because for one thing  it’s too obvious and for another I do like the film on other levels starting with the fact that the special effects are quite good.  I am especially fond of  the flying sequences.  There is this whole “ballet” scene where Kara “stretches her legs” after discovering she can defy gravity that is really neat to watch and is made all the better by Jerry Goldsmith’s score.

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THE GIRLS OF STEEL WEEK DAY ONE

Welcome to The Girls of Steel Week here at the Fortress.  For five days I want to celebrate the various characters that have been given the name Supergirl.  Instead of ranking them one to five I am going to go in chronological order, so sit back and enjoy the various Maids of Might that have been around DC Comics for over fifty years!

(Quick note here on Day One before we really get into things; I feel kind of bad for using the image you see above.  Normally I don’t like using Ed Benes cheesecake images.  Sure he can draw a mean Superman and Batman and such but  nine times out of ten if he draws a panel or cover and there is a woman on that panel or cover she is shoving either her breasts or behind towards “the camera” and to me that is a bit gratuitous.  However my Photoshop skills are poor and this image proved too perfect not to use, so as semi-hypocritical as it may be this will be the image you see all week long.)

The Girls of Steel Week Day One: Kara Zor-El (Silver and Bronze Age)

The original Kara Zor-El is kind of an odd character for me because on one hand I really like the character but on the other hand I haven’t read a whole heck of a lot of her adventures.  Sure there were some stories featuring her in Superman: From the ’30s to the ’70s, which contained the very first Superman comics I ever read, and I have gone back and read various issues of Superman and Action Comics and Superman Family and Adventure Comics plus Daring New Adventures of Supergirl (which became just Supergirl with issue 13) but I don’t feel that I really know her all that well.  This makes liking the character problematic because I can’t point to specific stories and moments where I can say, “Yup, that’s it.  That’s why I like me some Kara-Zor-El.”

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