I have never read a Supergirl comic in the past. My only exposure to Supergirl is from a terribad movie from the 80s, the TV Show that was recently on CBS, and the cartoon Justice League: Unlimited. You could tell me that Supergirl was recently discovered to be a figment of Clark Kent’s imagination and I’d believe you. Wait, perhaps I shouldn’t have said that. I just know DC Comics will make that happen.
The point is that unlike most of the other superhero comics I read, I have no real nostalgia for Supergirl other than the fact I always like it when girls can be super too. Even when it’s an obvious patronizing attempt like Supergirl originally was. So why did I decide to jump in with DC’s Rebirth? Well, it’s probably because it is DC’s Rebirth. Everything old is new again, once again (well, almost everything), and Supergirl is not immune. I am not sure what Supergirl has been in the past, as I’ve already said, but here’s the low-down in Rebirth. She’s only been on Earth for several months, not scores like her cousin, Superman. After losing her powers, she submit herself to the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations), and they help her regain her powers and place her with the Danvers family to try to learn how to be human. She attends high school, and well, she hates it. The technology on Earth is centuries behind what she left on Krypton, and she’s having trouble adapting to using stone age technology at a school that specializes in science. Throw in the fact that her cousin is now dead, and you have the perfect recipe for severe teenage angst.
And yeah, I think this will be full of teenage angst. Now that Kara is part of the DEO, she can’t don the S without checking in with her adoptive family and/or superiors. No one at school wants to be friends with her because they think she’s dumb for not knowing how to use a computer. She eats lunch alone. She’s scolded by her bosses when she saves a train from terrorists. Her only surviving family member from Krypton is dead. It’s not a wonder when her new parents try to decorate the home in Kryptonian style, and then miss the mark by two hundred years, that Kara stomps out of the house in a huff. Was that nice of her when her parents were just trying to help? Of course not, but she’s a teenager. Nothing will make a teenager happy when they’re feeling sorry for themselves.
But instead of stomping off to her room and slamming the door, she flies off to the Fortress of Solitude. That’s kind of what you do when you’re from the House of El on Earth. While there, trying to sort out her emo, angsty head, the absolute worst part of the comic appears in the last panel. Yes, I’m spoiling it, because that’s how infuriating this is.
“Reign of the Cyborg Supermen.” Just read that over and over. And yes, that is apparently Kara Zor-El’s father. Yes I’m sticking around to see where this goes because I have a problem, and that problem is I hope it won’t be as bad as it sounds. Have to keep the faith sometimes.
So my verdict is…this has potential. Very very cautious potential. Please don’t let me down, DC.