Kevin Maguire’s early, rough sketch of Earth 2′s Supergirl, based on the Earth 2′s Superman costume (Maguire did not intend this for public viewing and was surprised when DC published it on The Source)
Remember what I said about this costume (as rendered by George Perez on Worlds’ Finest#1) being perfect if it had pants? Yeah. No pants for Supergirl on any Earth, apparently. Huh.
“Superman’s cousin loves her adopted world with a passion, seeing how the people of Earth have adopted her and taken her to their hearts,” said EARTH 2 writer James Robinson. “She is the definitely brightest light among this first group of Earth 2 heroes.”
“Meet the Earth 2 Supergirl, aka Karen Starr,” said WORLDS’ FINEST editor Wil Moss. “As readers of MISTER TERRIFIC already know, Karen has been busy since she arrived on the main DCU Earth, creating a successful company and dating the brilliant Michael Holt. But what are her true motives behind those actions? How did she get here? And what incident prompts her to take up her new identity of Power Girl? Find out in WORLDS’ FINEST #1!”
So Power Girl isn’t Power Girl, she’s pre-Crisis Supergirl. What the frick? The whole concept of Power Girl is that she’s not Supergirl. HOW DO YOU SCREW THAT UP?
In this universe something tragic happened that caused Kara to cut her hair, change her outfit and beginning calling herself Power Girl on Earth 1. We know it was something grim and tragic because she’s described as the “brightest light among this first group of Earth 2 heroes” and the descriptions for Earth 2′s big three has been a parade of tragedy:
- Earth 2 Character Designs — Superman
- Earth 2 Character Designs — Wonder Woman
- Earth 2 Character Designs — Batman
What made Power Girl unique as a person is gone. In the Bronze Age, Power Girl’s rough-and-tumble, super confident personality wasn’t a result of anything bad happening to her. That was just the way Supergirl turned out on the Golden Age-esque Earth 2. And that was cool (even if the way Paul Levitz wrote her often came across as a stereotypically cliched male impression of feminism). That Power Girl no longer exists in this new universe. “Power Girl” is now just a new identity that an alternate Supergirl takes on. That makes me incredibly sad.
I can’t even begin to articulate how angry I am at DC’s wholesale destruction of Earth 2. It’s like DC’s showrunners ran through a checklist of stupid cliches of How To Give Your Characters Maximum Angst and patted themselves on the back for their Bold! Fresh! Hip! approach, when all they did was crib from Women in Refrigerators. Lois Lane: dead. The Amazon nation: dead. Selena Kyle: dead. These are not groundbreaking ideas guys! Read a freakin’ Elseworlds, or any run from Wonder Woman EVER. Killing off popular, viable female characters to give male characters an excuse to be dicks and make Wonder Woman an angry, alienated caricature is not cool or interesting or new. It’s old and boring. And it makes me not care about Superman or Batman or Wonder Woman. It takes some serious effort to make THOSE characters unpalatable.
Like most people I’d hoped that Earth 2 would be a refuge from the awfulness of the New 52. Now we know better. Didio and Lee never had any intention of honoring the heroic, hopeful spirit of previous DC eras.