Monday, December 22, 2008

Supergirl #36 Review

Recently reviewed by me at CBR: Supergirl #36, about which I write the following sentences: "Gates has shown that such a Supergirl can still work today, even if the age we live in is far from innocent. What he's done is to establish Kara Zor-El as a good-hearted teenager first, and a superhero second. That isn't to say that we get pages and pages of Supergirl in street clothes, though Gates has found a way to give her a civilian identity. But even when she's in her superhero garb, she's a young woman trying to figure out her place in the world. The question of identity is implicit in the character of Superman -- is he Clark Kent dressing up as a hero, or is he a Kryptonian pretending to be Clark Kent? -- but the question isn't central to the character. It is central to the character of Supergirl. And it should be, because we don't need a younger, female copy of Superman. Her character serves a different narrative purpose, and the exploration of identity is the core of that."

Read the entire review HERE.

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