So I turn to the last page of my DC comics this week and instead of seeing Dan DiDio's usual "why DC is so great" diatribe, I find a bit about Supergirl by Eddie Berganza. :O
You can read it here. :)
It seems that DC is indeed concerned about the general anger and dislike towards the Supergirl book and character! :O So much for ppl saying that nobody listens to angry fanmail or blogs! XD It's clear this is a response to that.
So I read it and my first time reading it sounds a bit like an apology and sorta "plz plz read our book". Which is I guess better than nothing XD
But then reading it again I think it sounds like a BACKHANDED apology. :O Sorta like the difference between "I'm sorry I'm being a jerk" and "I'm sorry you think I'm being a jerk."
Sure, some of you may not be keen that we didn't go straight into America's Sweetheart mode with her, but, hey, we know that's what she will eventually become.
That's defining the argument to suit his purposes. >.<;; I, for one, have never argued that she should be America's Sweetheart (whatever that means e_e). It sounds like I'm hoping for her to be America's Next Top Superhero. It sounds like "yah, you guys want her to be a Mary Sue, but WE actually want her to be an interesting character".
Maybe this is cynical, but the way he's singling out women as the people who dislike Supergirl, it's almost like he's telling the male readers, "hey if you're unhappy with what we do, blame those GIRLS". >:|
But maybe I'm just reading too much into it! XD I try to hope for the best but part of me is a little "once bitten, twice shy" with the comic industry >.>;;
For us, it's the hero's journey that's interesting. I compare this to what's being done with Clark on SMALLVILLE.
Oh that's a good way to prove quality storytelling. Compare yourself to Smallville. >.>;;; The Smallville hero's journey for Superman has been HORRIBLE. And honestly, I rly dun think that a hero's journey needs angst and relationship break ups, etc... Smallville is a teen drama. I do enjoy watching it (sometimes, depending on the episode XD) but it's not rly a superhero show. And if Kara is gonna go that route... ugh. D:
After a very serious conference call that involved Joe, our amazing penciller Ian Churchill, and my then Assistant Editor Jeanine Schaefer (she was pivotal in giving us a woman's point of view on the character—like, can Supergirl gain some weight, please?), it was decided to have Kara just try to be a real teenager.
And how's that working out for you? >_>
But I'm annoyed that you feel that a "woman's point of view" was necessary to know that Supergirl was emaciated. Like, SRSLY, without her help you wouldn't have known!?
I know MANY MANY MANY guys who had a problem with Supergirl's look. This is what I mean when he's acting like it's just us gosh-darned feminists mucking things up. :| This speaks volumes about what's going on behind the scenes that they need to bring in a "woman's point of view" to tell them the obvious!
It also makes it sound like that all guys agree with them and it's just women who would notice the problems. Thom Wade would disagree with you I think.
We were gonna make Kara a typical teenager, which meant she wouldn't listen to the grownups (in her case a guy named Kal) and wouldn't appreciate being given chores (killing Kal for her dad, Zor-El). She'd just be a girl trying to find her place in the world.
Uh yah. "Typical teenager". So I was an atypical teenager b/c I wasn't mean to everybody and b/c I wanted to help ppl? So teenagers who read superhero comics wanting to be superheroes who save ppl and are good ppl are ATYPICAL teenagers!?
Again, this is a stereotype. When they think "girl" they think the girl they're staring at at the mall and who they ASSUME her personality. They think 'hey she looks superficial and a shopoholic, she prolly wouldn't want to save ppl'. The average teenager is NOT Paris Hilton! The average teenager is NOT what you see on the OC or on TV in general! >:O If the various Robins can be good responsible teenagers who just want to do good, why can't Supergirl?
But again, this is just saying "hey we're doing GOOD writing, but if you want lame writing, that's fine, whatever YOU want, idiot fans who know nothing". That's what it sounds like. :\ It's "we're doing nothing wrong, but we'll give you philistines what you want."
Now, she has a new love interest in Power Boy, a "hero" that Ian designed, keeping in mind the great attributes that are usually associated with female characters…and the reason most women don't like the super-hero genre. Like the chest window of his costume? His constant posing? Yes, he's a mimbo, but he'll be a lot worse to Kara when issue #15 hits.
Honestly, why does she NEED a new love interest? Is she Nightwing? XD Srsly tho, if this is their idea of a "clever" turnaround on the bimbo thing, it fails. I dun like Power Boy. If he's supposed to be female cheesecake, he fails. And honestly, two wrongs dun make a right. I've always believed the solution to treating women poorly, is not to treat men poorly too, it's to treat both genders well! But yah... he's not a mimbo. How is he ne more of a mimbo than Superman? Maybe if he had the bare legs or chest or something... Now Aquaman in his beard days.... mmmmmmmmmmmm
He'll be a lot worse TO Kara? Umm... I know that that issue has him holding her cape in a "I just beat her down" way. So... plz plz plz dun have an abusive relationship. Even if you have Kara go nuts and smack him down... plz dun do that. I'm tired of abusive relationships being a staple of writing women's characters (as Thom Wade so satirically pointed out).
Then things heat up for the last daughter of Krypton with #16, when Joe is joined by new artist Ale Garza (as Ian will eventually be going on with Joe to one of my other books) and co-writer Mark Sable for a story arc that runs through issue #19, which will delve further into the fragments of Kara's past and give us a new understanding of the character.
This is finally where the admission that something isn't right with the book shows up. Ian Churchill is being reassigned, and they're giving us a co-writer! THIS is what we want to hear, that there are changes. If Ale Garza draws Supergirl like he drew her story in the Holiday Special, I'll be pleased. But this HAS to include the writing to back up the art. That is CRUCIAL. But I hear that some writers write for the artists. Given Churchill's drawings, I can understand if writers get flustered about how to portray Supergirl XD I just hope that we dun get more of the same, and Supergirl still ends up as some horny fantasy girl (Garza's art on Witchblade worries me). :|
I HOPE I'M WRONG THO!!
I know it sounds like I picked on it a lot. But I'm glad that at least they've admitted there's a problem (even if they're acting like we're just nuts for wanting a better Supergirl). And I appreciate that they're listening to fans and happy that we ARE getting our msg across. :)
The last part sounds like a beg for us to buy Supergirl tho. I feel that ppl should still be skeptical until they PROVE that things will be different. We're not gonna buy just cuz you say "in 10 issues she'll be wonderful, WE PROMISE". Give us changes now, not "gradual changes that will conveniently ask you to buy 20 issues to see".
Also, it sounds like she's gonna be an annoying prissy beauty contest winner at the end when they say "America's sweetheart". MY Supergirl isn't nebody's sweetheart. She's just her, a decent, good person. She's lost her home, she's lost her family, and she finds herself in helping people on her adopted planet. :) She's not perfect. She might be silly sometimes, but she still comes thru in the end. She doesn't try to kill ppl or fight heroes or act like a jerk all the time to everybody.
As my sister said, Supergirl is basically about a bad person. XD It's not about a villain, just a bad person.
Kara doesn't need to be America's sweetheart. Just a good person.
Let's get that message out. And let's let DC know that it's not just women who dun like Supergirl but men AND women. :)
At least this msg from DC is a start (not a great one, but it's better than nothing). But words mean nothing if there aren't ACTIONS that follow. Hopefully they will deliver. :) As for the message, I'm glad that they've noticed the dipping sales, but I reject their arguments about why the book isn't broken.
I'm HOPING that this is a sign that things will change for our beloved Kara Zor-El. ^-^
So, ladies, I hope you'll come out to the stores and give SUPERGIRL a shot.
Enuf talk E. You want our money? It's time to put up or shut up. Give us the Kara we want, not the one you think we want.