Hey, it’s New York Comicon. Did you expect a quiet few days? First off, I’d like to give a huge tip of the hat to writer Sterling Gates and artist Jamal Igle. As many fans have said across the web, they’ve done a masterful job with SUPERGIRL and you can be sure their names will be popping up on the credits of many books to come. But more on that later. Who’s taking over the reins of SUPERGIRL?
We swung by SUPERGIRL Assistant Editor Wil Moss’ office last week and got a chance to get a sneak peek at his usually impressive wall of covers, but also at a bit of news. Looks like the hyper-talented Bernard Chang will be returning to the Superman books with a guest spot on SUPERGIRL #57, pairing him with regular writer Sterling Gates. We’ve got a first look at some of the finished pages (which are lovely, but click below to find out for yourselves), but before we show ‘em off, let’s touch base with Wil to get a sense of why his issue merits some special attention.
I just remember how much it hurt. Superman was dead. I remember my dad explaining to me that these things happen, and nothing we say or do can stop them. I remember telling a kid in my Scout troop the news and watching tears well in his eyes. I remember wearing a black armband with a red s-shield on it to school. I remember being sad.
“It’s been a hard year for SUPERGIRL. The WAR OF THE SUPERMEN resulted in the tragic loss of New Krypton, thousands of Kryptonian lives, Supergirl’s mother, Alura, and her best friend, Thara Ak-Var (a.k.a. FLAMEBIRD). For the next story arc, Supergirl will be wrestling with guilt over her own perceived culpability in New Krypton’s destruction.
It’s been a fun week here at The Source, what with all the WEDNESDAY COMICS extras we’ve been rolling out. And today’s doubly important, as you can actually step into your local shop and pick up a copy of the WEDNESDAY COMICS HC. So to celebrate the event and because, hey, why not? We’ve got a look at four of the artists that contributed to the legendary weekly series: SUPERGIRL’s Amanda Conner, ADAM STRANGE’s Paul Pope, METAMORPHO’s Mike Allred and TEEN TITANS Sean Galloway.
The final battle lines between New Krypton and Earth are being drawn, and writers James Robinson and Sterling Gates team with artist Pete Woods for an epic throwdown that leads directly to WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #0 on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Superman and Zod must work together if they're to have a chance of stopping the world-crushing monstrosity that is Brainiac. But a victory for New Krypton could mean a devastating loss for the Legion of Super-Heroes. Also, don't miss SUPERMAN #699, the penultimate chapter of the LAST STAND saga.
Amidst Brainiac's assault on New Krypton, General Zod has brandished the Legion of Super-Heroes terrorists and imprisoned them. Superboy will do his best to free them, but he'll have to go through Supergirl first -- wait, what? You read right, folks. It's the Super-brawl you weren't expecting, courtesy of writer Sterling Gates and artist Jamal Igle. SUPERGIRL #51 hits 3/17. [gallery link="file"]
It's New Krypton's worst nightmare as Brainiac attacks the planet, determined to recapture the city of Kandor. But General Zod has been waiting for this moment since Brainiac first attacked Old Krypton – he has a plan to save his people, but at the cost of Earth, which doesn't really bode well with a certain Man of Steel. So it's up to Superman, Supergirl, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes to stop the two madmen before they destroy everything in their path.