FIRST LOOK: Supergirl gets a new creative team, new look
Everyone knows that Superman has a new writer with Brian Michael Bendis leaving Marvel to take over as scribe for Clark Kent’s alter ego. However, Clark’s cousin is also getting a new direction.
The report that Supergirl’s series was canceled after #20 (June 2018) were greatly exaggerated. After a short two-month hiatus, Supergirl is returning later this summer with a new creative team and a new look. Spinning out of the events of Bendis’s upcoming Man of Steel 6-issue miniseries, this book will see Kara’s adventures take her off the planet with a more intergalactic storyline.
Starting with Supergirl #21 (August 2018), Marc Andreyko takes over the writing duties of the book.
Comics Price Guide caught up with Andreyko this past weekend at Motor City Comic Con, and it was difficult for him to contain his excitement about writing Supergirl, and working so closely with Bendis, “Brian and I have been friends for 25 years, and getting to riff off of each other’s books is a blast.”
Superman’s creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster were just kids in Cleveland when they dreamed up what would become the world’s first superhero with the debut of Action Comics #1 in 1938. Andreyko says that makes this even more special for him and Bendis, “There is something nice about me and Brian being two boys from Cleveland writing the Superman family books on this 80th anniversary. There is some nice symmetry there.”
The other special moment for Andreyko came when DC editor Jessica Chen asked if he would be interested in working with artist Kevin Maguire on Supergirl. Andreyko says he couldn’t say yes fast enough. Maguire is currently working on Man of Steel with Bendis, and here are some black and white preview images from Man of Steel #4 featuring both Clark and Kara.
Andreyko had nothing but nice thing to say about his artist, “Kevin Maguire is responsible for so much of my childhood enjoyment with Justice League and is such a brilliant artist that it is like getting to act with Robert De Niro or meeting Orson Welles. These are people I have admired, and it is a privilege to be working with someone that is that brilliant and that important to the history of comics.”
Oh, but Andreyko’s praise of Maguire didn’t stop there, “If someone said no to that, you should fire them. I would write a book about sentient Brussel sprouts if Kevin is drawing it.”
As far as we know, Supergirl will not feature talking side dishes, but Andreyko told us what to expect, “A lot of outer space stuff. It is going to be kind of a detective story because she is trying to find out the truth about some things that are revealed in Man of Steel. There will be a lot of cosmic heroes; some people you haven’t seen in a while as well as some new characters.”
Part of the thrill of writing this series for Andreyko is that Kara’s emotional journey will mirror her physical one. “Unlike Clark who was a baby when Krypton blew up and has no real memories of it, she was 16 years old. She lost everyone she knew. So she has a lot of finding out who she is and defining herself, and some of these revelations are going to cause her to look inward.”
Man of Steel #1 is slated to come out on May 30, with Supergirl 21 hitting the stands August 8. Here is the Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson cover of that issue, and just for fun, their cover of #22 as well. Reserve your copies at your local comic book shop today.