By Todd Allen
Last time out, I was only half-right. We got the Superman redesign today (and another priceless editorial quote), but DC went back to Worlds’ Finest yesterday for the Supergirl/Power Girl redesign. Which is to say, we’ve yet to see an Official redesign sketch of anything that wasn’t already on a previously released cover.
First up, Kevin Maguire’s Earth 2 Supergirl redesign:
It isn’t clear how much we’ll see this costume, outside of flashbacks, if she’s using the Power Girl identity in Worlds’ Finest on [whatever dimension they’re calling the one the New 52 is taking place in], but there it is.
“Superman’s cousin loves her adopted world with a passion, seeing how the people of Earth have adopted her and taken her to their hearts,” said EARTH 2 writer James Robinson. “She is the definitely brightest light among this first group of Earth 2 heroes.”
“Meet the Earth 2 Supergirl, aka Karen Starr,” said WORLDS’ FINEST editor Wil Moss. “As readers of MISTER TERRIFIC already know, Karen has been busy since she arrived on the main DCU Earth, creating a successful company and dating the brilliant Michael Holt. But what are her true motives behind those actions? How did she get here? And what incident prompts her to take up her new identity of Power Girl? Find out in WORLDS’ FINEST #1!”
“Brightest light among this first group of Earth 2 heroes,” eh? That’s the first time I’ve heard anything about a multiple waves of heroes (past Huntress being Batman’s daughter again). That hints at the generational aspect that defined the post-crisis Justice Society and the Infinity Inc. pre-Crisis Earth-2. Whether there’s more than a hint, who can say at this point.
And then there was Jim Lee’s Earth-2 Superman design sketch:
I actually like this design better than the current one being used in Superman and Action Comics. That said, they can go back to the classic look any time they want to. I’m reminded of the Kingdom Come Superman “S” logo, but with yellow background, instead of black.
And now the PR:
“Mourning the death of his beloved, Superman carries both a sadness in his heart along with the weight of Earth 2′s welfare upon on his shoulders, while never showing this and seeming to all that he is this world’s peerless champion,” said EARTH 2 writer James Robinson.
“What would you have to do to teach Superman to kill?” asks EARTH 2 editor Pat McCallum. “He’s endured the loss of his home world, and now the Last Son of Krypton must weather the death of his soul mate Lois Lane. Just how far can you bend the Man of Steel before he breaks?”
Are Robinson (the writer) and McCallum (the editor) talking about the same comic? Robinson is talking about carrying on with dignity. McCallum is… well, it sure sounds like he thinks he’s still editing Wizard, doesn’t it?
Say “What would you have to do to teach Superman to kill?” in a breathless voice and follow it with a “BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.” Self-parody or tone deaf? You be the judge.
Either way, McCallum sure is hitting that “look kids: superheroes who KILL” button just as hard as he can. We know have quotes about Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman all wanting to go kill someone. Is this supposed to be shock value?
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.