Posts Tagged ‘Superman (Vol. 2)’

January 4th, 2016  Posted at   Supergirl Mondays

Supergirl MondaysSupergirl Mondays is a weekly celebration of the Girl of Steel, who has graced the pages of DC Comics in a variety of forms for more than five decades.

This feature’s primary focus is to take an issue-by-issue look back at Supergirl’s adventures in the post-Crisis universe. From an artificial being on a mission to save her home world, to an Earth-born angel on a mission to save her soul, each Monday, before the airing of “Supergirl” on CBS, reflect on the earliest days of the incredible and winding journey of a frequently divisive, sometimes confusing, but always entertaining era for the Maid of Might.


Reaction to “The Supergirl Saga” and the return of the Maid of Might was voluminous and passionate on both sides of the isle. As Supergirl drops away from the pages of the Superman titles for a couple months following the three-part classic that revealed her origins, we take a look back at fan reaction as documented in the titles’ letter pages following the story’s publication.

In these issues

Superman (Vol.2) #25  Adventures of Superman #448  Superman (Vol.2) #26

Issue: SUPERMAN (Vol. 2) #25
Cover date: 1988
Cover price: 75 cents ($1 Can./50p U.K.)
Cover by Kerry Gammill and Dennis Janke

Issue: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #448
Cover date: 1988
Cover price: 75 cents ($1 Can./50p U.K.)
Cover by Jerry Ordway

Issue: SUPERMAN (Vol. 2) #26
Cover date: 1988
Cover price: 75 cents ($1 Can./50p U.K.)
Cover by Kerry Gammill and Dennis Janke

Fans talk back

“Shocking anachronism”
From Howard Kidd of Manila, Iowa
Letter from Howard Kidd on SUPERMAN (Vol. 1) #21

“I’ve waited for months to confirm my greatest hope”
From Jeff Restea of Mobile, Alabama
Letter from Jeff Restea on SUPERMAN (Vol. 1) #21

“I don’t get it”
From Joe Frank of Scottsdale, Arizona
Letter from Joe Frank on SUPERMAN (Vol. 1) #21

“A winner”
From Randy Dainard of Dixon, California
Letter from Randy Dainard on SUPERMAN (Vol. 1) #21

“Is she still going to be around?”
From Russ Bedell of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
Letter from Russ Bedell on ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #448

“Even better than the Wonder Woman affair”
From Lonnie Easterling
Letter from Lonnie Easterling on ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #448

“I was wrong”
From Billy Beechler of Cicero, Indiana
Letter from Billy Beechler on SUPERMAN (Vol. 2) #22

“Very disappointed”
From Anthony Gallagher of Melbourne, Australia
Letter from Anthony Gallagher on SUPERMAN (Vol. 2) #22

“Handled well”
From Narelle Harris of South Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Letter from Narrelle Harris on SUPERMAN (Vol. 2) #22

But wait, there’s more

Supergirl made her first post-“Saga” appearance in the aforementioned ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #448. More on that as we resume our issue-by-issue chronicles …

Next time on Supergirl Monday: Uprooted!

December 21st, 2015  Posted at   Supergirl Mondays

Supergirl MondaysSupergirl Mondays is a weekly celebration of the Girl of Steel, who has graced the pages of DC Comics in a variety of forms for more than five decades.

This feature’s primary focus is to take an issue-by-issue look back at Supergirl’s adventures in the post-Crisis universe. From an artificial being on a mission to save her home world, to an Earth-born angel on a mission to save her soul, each Monday, before the airing of “Supergirl” on CBS, reflect on the earliest days of the incredible and winding journey of a frequently divisive, sometimes confusing, but always entertaining era for the Maid of Might.


In this issue

Superman (Vol. 2) #22

Issue: SUPERMAN (Vol. 2) #22
Cover date: October 198
Cover price: 75 cents ($1 Can./50p U.K.)
Cover by John Byrne
Story: “The Price”

Credits

John Byrne, story and art
John Costanza, lettering
Petra Scotese, coloring
Renée Wittestaetter, assistant editor
Mike Carlin, editor
Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Overview

As Supergirl, Superman and the Pocket Universe Lex Luthor begin their final confrontation with the General Zod, Quex-Ul and Faora, the Phantom Zone criminals strike back, destroying the Smallville fortress and killing the remaining members of the resistance. Outraged, Supergirl attacks Zod and Faora, but is hit with a double blast of heat vision.

Attacked! (Part 1)  Attacked! (Part 2)

Superman is in shock, but Luthor tells him not to worry about Supergirl because “the protomatter will regenerate itself soon enough.” With no time explain, Luthor sends Superman to the site of Superboy’s former laboratory on a mission to find the one thing that can stop the rogue Kryptonians.

After a brutal fight with Quex-Ul, Superman finds the object of his search: a canister containing Gold Kryptonite. He then uses that to remove the powers of the three Kryptonians and trap them in a makeshift prison made from the remnants of the underground lab before finding Luthor, who has been fatally injured.

The death of Lex

Turning his attention back to the Phantom Zone criminals, Superman speaks of the heinousness of their acts. As the last representative of right on that world, he tells them he has no choice but to act as judge, jury and excutioner, and exposes them to a lethal dose of Green Kryptonite.

With sadness over his own actions in addition to the tragedy upon tragedy that has occurred, Superman buries the bodies of Zod, Quex-Ul and Faora on the barren remains of the Pocket Universe Earth before returning to the Kent farm with Supergirl in his arms.

Supergirl left with the Kents

With Supergirl in good care and much on his mind after what has transpired, Superman flies away with a heavy heart and much to ponder.

Thoughts

Of the three issues that make up “The Supergirl Saga,” Supergirl’s part of in this one is smallest all of them as she is taken out of action quite early, and in a fashion that is quite brutal. But, I try to temper my disappointment (and, to a degree, dissatisfaction) with that by remembering, as I’ve said, that this is a Superman story.’ Much like those original interludes that introduced Supergirl in short, one- or two-page bursts, Supergirl’s story continues to unfold as a supporting character in the various Super-titles.

But, here, we get final answers — or at least more complete ones — about this new Supergirl’s origin: A new lifeform based on a previous person but literally a blank slate. In many ways, a very meta approach to rebooting the character. This is Supergirl, but not the Supergirl we know. She’s one who hearkens back to the past but leaves the door open for new and even better and more wondrous tales.

Superman leaving the injured Supergirl in the care of Kents (and, to an extent, Lana) shows now only the great amount of trust he has in his adoptive parents, but it also shows the optimistic and hopeful side of Superman. Yes, this Supergirl attacked him, the Kents and even Lana, but as Superman says, she did so out of fear — not malice. Unlike the Phantom Zone criminals that ultimately caused her creation, Supergirl, while perhaps prone to act impulsively or on rash instinct (as seen in attacking the Kents or, in this issue, Zod and Faora), isn’t intrinsically evil and deserves a second chance.

And much like Superman, she is the last survivor of her world — her universe, even. This creates a strong kinship between her and the Man of Steel that, in theory, could supersede any blood kinship the pre-Crisis versions of the characters shared.

Next time on Supergirl Monday: Who’s who’s Supergirl!

November 16th, 2015  Posted at   Supergirl Mondays

Supergirl MondaysSupergirl Mondays is a weekly celebration of the Girl of Steel, who has graced the pages of DC Comics in a variety of forms for more than five decades.

This feature’s primary focus is to take an issue-by-issue look back at Supergirl’s adventures in the post-Crisis universe. From an artificial being on a mission to save her home world, to an Earth-born angel on a mission to save her soul, each Monday, before the airing of “Supergirl” on CBS, reflect on the earliest days of the incredible and winding journey of a frequently divisive, sometimes confusing, but always entertaining era for the Maid of Might.


In this issue

Superman (Vol. 2) #19

Issue: SUPERMAN (Vol. 2) #19
Cover date: July 1988
Cover price: 75 cents ($1 Can./40p U.K.)
Cover by Jerry Ordway
Story: “The Power That Failed!”

Credits

Story & pencils: John Byrne
Coloring: Petra Scotese
Lettering: John Costanza
Assistant editing: Renée Witterstaetter
Editing: Michael Carlin
And welcome aboard to odd-inker John Beatty
Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Overview

Superman (Vol. 2) #19 Page 8

Thoughts

As I said last time, Supergirl’s introduction slowly unfolds in short bursts over issues months. And this installment, the fourth, offers perhaps the least amount of new information yet.

It does, however, introduce many more questions, including:

  • Why did her costume change (note the blue leggings)? And why is she now a redhead? (Chalking these up to artist mistakes seems too easy given the creative team consistency the books had at this time.)
  • Why, despite her amnesia, does she feel drawn toward America — namely, Smallville — to complete an unknown mission?
  • Did she cause the guy to fall in Panel 3? It seems an odd moment when not played as a comedic beat or to facilitate her escape, neither of which seem to be the case. If she did cause it, how? Maybe she has some kind of telekinetic power in addition to the ability — surprise — to fly?
  • Next time on Supergirl Monday: Smallville? “Somebody save me”!

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