I hope you all got a chance to see Man of Steel last week. I thought the movie was good but left me feeling a bit unsatisfied and not because of the, um, “twist” at the end. Honestly the movie (like most of DC proper as of late) should take a look at what their animation department is doing and try to replicate that for the movies. If Man of Steel had the heart and energy that the Bruce Timm show did, then I think we would have had a better movie and fewer detractors.
With that said this edition of Sketch Card Sunday is a “super” themed one. Continuing with the trend of my favorite super heroines we come to the Girl of Steel herself, Supergirl!
Supergirl, Kara Zor-El, is the cousin of Kal-El, Superman, on his father’s side. She’s from a neighboring city on Krypton called Argo and when the planet was getting ready to blow up, her father had the same idea as Jor-El. Kara’s father had planned to send Kara BEFORE baby Kal so she could watch out for him as he grows up but as fate would have it, even though they left at the same time her rocket was caught in the blast and lodged in a piece of Krypton’s rubble and drifted in space.
By the time she got to Earth, Kal was a grown man and due to the radiation inside the rubble from Krypton, Kara’s aging was slowed to a crawl thus making her technically older than Superman but still stuck in the body of a 16 year old.
Now I know there are various retellings and modifications to Supergirl’s origin, but I like this one the best and it’s the easiest to tell people who are not into comics as well as adding a lot more story potential for writers (too bad few actually run with it).
But if any of this intrigues you, I recommend checking out Volume 2 of Jeph Loeb’s Superman/Batman run titled “Supergirl” or the current Supergirl series from DC’s New 52 line. Kara can be one of the more interesting heroines in DC’s line but sadly she gets underplayed compared to Batgirl or even Batwoman. Maybe if Lauren Faust ever gets to make her Super Best Friends Forever series we can see a change in that…
‘Til Next Time