DC Comics has announced a new Supergirl series, that explores the trials and tribulations of being a 16 year old. Supergirl: Being Super comes from award winning writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Joelle Jones.
Imagine this: You’re an alien. You have super powers. You are SUPERGIRL. But you’re also 16, a teenager just trying to survive the day-to-day life of high school. The upside is, yes, you can fly, you can crush diamonds with your bare hands. The downside is that being super can be a super complicated and super confusing thing to be, especially when the whole being super thing is a secret.
This is the story of Kara Danvers, known to her home planet of Krypton as Kara Zor El. On the one hand, Kara is a typical teen, navigating relationships, friendships, and classes, on the other she’s a being with immense power and potential, with the added responsibility of managing her developing super powers. As if transitioning into adulthood wasn’t hard enough!
As Kara turns 16, her powers begin manifesting in bizarre hot flashes, glowing zits, symptoms that are becoming harder to control. That’s right, two words, ALIEN ZITS. This new series is more than just heroics. It is the action-packed and heartfelt story of Kara Danvers and her attempts to balance the roles of teenager and hero.
This will be interesting, because we will have the Supergirl television show, the Supergirl comic book series, the digital series based on the television show, and now a miniseries. It’s all well and good, and it looks like DC Comics is trying to capitalize on the success of the television series. Let’s hope the publisher also pushes a few other female heroes into the spotlight.
“I’ve had so much fun working on this project with DC and Joëlle,” said Tamaki in a statement from DC Entertainment. “Clearly, I’m a writer with a devoted interest in adolescence, so it’s been a thrill having the opportunity to explore the alien side of 16.”
Jones, who is creating content solely for DC and Vertigo after being announced at San Diego Comic-Con, will be providing both interiors and covers for the series.”Working with Mariko on this book has been great! The format is giving me a chance to do something very different and I feel lucky that DC is giving us the freedom to really play with this character,” said Jones. “I hope fans have as much fun reading it as I have had drawing it!”
Supergirl: Being Super is scheduled to kick off on December 28th. Each issue will be 48-pages in prestige format, which is how you know the publisher is taking the series seriously.