SUPERGIRL COVERGIRL: I like a crisp cover. This one looks sloppy. But it also hints at more Banshee. As I’m far more interested in that family’s story than the tale of the Zor-Els, that’s a good thing.
INSIDE STORY: Supergirl has disappeared. Rather, issue 11 has, likely under my bed or somewhere else in my bedroom, currently dark and occupied by five sleepers, 1 big, 2 small, 2 feline. I’d rather write book-less than wake them up and stop writing. Going on memory.
First off, re: my Covergirl comments, that wasn’t a Banshee on the cover. The creature doesn't even look like a Banshee. The text even says it's not a Banshee. Intense wishful ignorance on my part.
But Siobhan/Silver Banshee and Tom, siblings of the Clan Smythe, are very much present in the book, providing emotional support, friendship, and an apartment to Supergirl. Until a giant self-replicating robot (possibly sent by Simon Tycho?) attempts to grab her, whereupon she decides she’s better off alone.
RAMBLE: See Ramble below Wonder Woman.
WONDER WOMAN COVERGIRL: A small foot twisted atop my new Wonder Woman, tearing Zola’s left leg in two. Should I go buy another copy, or let this stand as testament to 1) my children’s ability to destroy; and 2) my own stupidity in leaving my beloved Wonder Woman open to injury?
Actually, the tear on the bottom left provides a visual response to the lightning bolt shooting out from Wonder Woman’s golden weapon on the upper right. So perhaps the owner of the small, tearing foot is a genius artist, soon to embark upon a raging career ensuring their mother a spot in a chi-chi retirement home.
The presence of three major female characters on the cover makes me happy. They are a contrasting crew; none alike but all together.
Wonder Woman looks lifted from a 1930s Olympics poster. “Now throwing the shot-put for the Amazons … .”
INSIDE STORY: Gaga Strife returns home to mummy Hera, who’s offering up the throne recently vacated by Zeus in exchange for ... Zeus. Rather, the baby in Zola's stomach who, we have been led to believe, is Zeus.
Power-thirsty Artemis joins forces with crown-craving Apollo and kidnaps Zola, fatally wounding Lennox in the process. Zola delivered, Hera tells Apollo the throne is his. Wonder Woman and Hermes show up and beg to differ.
RAMBLE: Good read from Wonder Woman, what with the godly machinations and Apollo slinging a pregnant woman under his mighty arm.
You know what I appreciate about Diana, every issue? Diana is large. She’s always been large, and I love the visual/physical fact of her size.
The other superheroines are extremely muscular and athletic, but Diana is the only one who has to shop at LongTallSally.com.
Diana's lithe sister Strife possesses the skinny boyish figure so often celebrated in glossies, but in this book, we celebrate the largest woman in the bunch.
As for Supergirl, she bores me still.
Next month DC releases origin issues for its New 52 books, offering up backstories for its revamped superheroes. With this issue, numbered 0, I arrive at a year's worth of comic books.
I’d like to push at least one of my superheroines aside and pick up a thing or two new, perhaps Birds of Prey or something from Marvel. Supergirl’s my likely target.
Unless I’m so re-disgusted by that Catwoman cover, I have to toss her out in protest.
SUPERGIRL: Who the Hell are These People and What the Hell is Going On?
Supergirl/Kara Zor-El: Recently arrived to earth from her home planet, Krypton. Older cousin of Superman on Krypton; younger cousin of Superman on earth
Silver Banshee/Siobhan Smythe: Kara's new friend, also possesses superpowers when in Banshee form
Supergirl’s home planet, Krypton, has been destroyed, along with most of its inhabitants. She and an unknown number of other Kryptonians are on earth. Having saved Siobhan from her fate, i.e. to be Silver Banshee, and having pulled Siobhan's brother Tom out from within his father Black Banshee, where he had been trapped for years, Supergirl finds herself with nothing to do. Until ... read above.
WONDER WOMAN: Who the Hell are These People and What the Hell is Going On?
Diana: Wonder Woman. Hails from Paradise Island. Offspring of illicit tryst between Zeus
Zeus: Diana's father
Hades is trying to force Diana’s hand in marriage. Diana is trying to smash that hand into tiny hellish bits.