Unlike a lot of comic book fans, I wasn’t super pissed by another DC reboot. It was kind of annoying, sure, but it gave me chance to catch up on an otherwise convoluted universe. Which, by the way, is still pretty damn convoluted, but it’s not as bad now. Also, I liked some of the character redesigns/touch-ups, especially Supergirl’s.
This is the Supergirl I knew growing up:
I liked her in Justice League, her character was funny and endearing. But, her costume is…well, there’s not much to it, let’s say. I guess my problem is the overt sexualization of a teenager; blending innocence, coming of age, and femininity. That’s all fine and I don’t want to be thought of as a slut-shamer, but I guess I don’t care for how her image (almost) automatically makes it impossible to take her seriously as a hero (not to mention the possible appeal to a more creepy demographic). So, with the New 52 touch-up, I became intrigued. I thought it was cool to add a look of royalty, with a dash of soldier finesse to her:
I liked it enough to get a t-shirt with this design, and it encouraged me to buy the trade. I also liked how the cover of Supergirl, volume 1: Last Daughter of Krypton gives Supergirl the needed aura of confidence, fearlessness, and power. Then, as you read the book, you see how young, innocent, and frightened she is (see the first image above). The book itself becomes a metaphor for the conflict of being an individual and maintaining an image; the problems with living with two identities (private and personal) in one body, I mean. For Supergirl it is on a larger scale, of course, but for that reason we are able to relate to her. In fact, for that reason I like her a lot more now.
Thinking about it now, about how the book reflects the girl and how, through both, we may be able to understand one another better and internalize our own meta-crisises. That’s probably an overstatement of the “moral of the story,” but I believe it could be part of it.
Feel free to argue with me.
- Burka Avenger, Pakistan’s new hero (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)