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Monday, July 10, 2006

Deja Vu: Supergirl 7

Okay, so Supergirl was actually surprisingly interesting. Definitely rife with What-the-Fuck moments, but they're not actually what I'm going to blog about.

It occurs to me, actually, that this whole plot (sans the Ozarkian plot twist) looks like something I've seen before.

Am I Reading Joe Kelly or Timothy Zahn?
When I was a kid I loved the Star Wars novels. This was before New Jedi Order, before Salvatore killed Chewbacca, and those really annoying solo siblings had only just popped up as toddlers in that one Anderson trilogy.

Well, anyway, I remember reading a trilogy that took place a little before the aforementioned one. It involved clones. I don't remember a lot of the plot but I remember one aspect.

This series introduced Mara Jade (a.k.a. the future Mrs. Skywalker) as the Emperor's Hand. She was red-haired, force-adept, and an assassin brainwashed to kill Luke Skywalker.

Anyway, even though the Emperor was dead at this point, the compulsion still remained. Naturally this caused trouble when she met up with Luke. As she didn't, as I recall, actually *want* to kill him.

Of course, that's where the clone plot came in handy. See, there was a clone of the Emperor. He also had an evil clone of Luke (called Luuke. There was something with double "u"s. I think Zahn is just a little weird. Or Morrison-crazy. Take your pick.) Anyway, Mara manages to finally complete her programmed duty by, naturally, killing the clone. Thus everyone is happy.

So what does that have to do with Supergirl? Nothing really, but I couldn't help but remember it when I saw Kara flash back so often to her father telling her to kill Clark. How that was apparently one of the reasons she went away to Kandor. Now all of a sudden, she's in a bottle universe with an evil version of her cousin.

It would make sense as much sense, plot wise as anything else. (And Kara getting so close in order to kill him makes a lot more sense than the...err...obvious explanation for that particular scene...)

It might be just coincidence. It might be an intentional homage. I might be misreading it altogether. Either way, I'm actually interested to see how this will turn out.


  • At July 10, 2006 7:50 AM, Blogger Centurion said…

    Well, you maybe close to what will happen. Afterall, the preview for the next issue is that SG and PG fight "to the death" - and given what PG said this issue you can bet that SG at least tries to kill the guy.

    Then they can just use the excuse easily provided by her evil twin inhabiting her body.


  • At July 10, 2006 1:22 PM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said…

    Now, MY interpretation of what's going on is that, whoever Evil Kal is, he REALLY IS the guy that Zor-El sent Kara to kill.

    Sigh. Can't we just find someone else to hold the trademark, and flat-out state that Power Girl Is Superman's Cousin?

  • At July 10, 2006 6:13 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    centurion: That'd be interesting. Though the evil twin overpowering her would be cliche.

    I'd prefer to think she's being clever...

    Even if we've had no sign thus far.

    serpent: That's an interesting thought too. :-)

  • At July 10, 2006 7:05 PM, Anonymous Denis said…

    Okay, I actually *like* the Silverage Kara Zor-El Supergirl, and I was half-pleased, half-exasperated that after so many, many, MANY botched attempts of doing a post-crisis Supergirl (and no, Peter David's version, great writer that he is, did not work for me) - they finally did away with this Literally Last Son Of Krypton crap and brought the original concept back.

    And now they seem to have NO idea what to do with her!

    No, I am not reading the current Supergirl series, just because it does not seem to have any sense of direction, and the stuff which I read online about this particular issue just makes my blood boil.

    The best and real Supergirl right now is in Mark Waid's Legion Of Superheroes. Or in Geoff Johns's and Kurt Busiek's Up, Up And Away.

    I mean, how hard CAN it be to write a believable female character in comics!?

    Uh... okay.

    (Sorry Kalinara, to vent like this on your blog. Love your and Ragnell's views. Shutting up now.)

  • At July 10, 2006 7:09 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    :-) It's okay. I can understand the frustration.

    It's annoying because there are seeds of an interesting character here. I genuinely think so. But they keep getting lost in the crap! It's disappointing!

  • At July 10, 2006 7:20 PM, Anonymous Denis said…

    At least I'm impressed that you manage to find something positive and interesting even in this kind of crap.

    It's certainly a nice attitude to have, and surely healthier than mine in the long run!


  • At July 11, 2006 11:46 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    denis: I don't know about that. Right now I'm scandalized and intrigued though. So that's something. :-)


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