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DC’s push for the New 52: A Supergirl for The Hunger Games crowd

Supergirl #1, by Michael Green, Mike Johnson and Mahmud Asrar

USA Today talks with Supergirl co-writers Mike Johnson and Michael Green about their approach to the relaunched title, and provides a five-page preview of the first issue, which goes on sale Wednesday. “We’re really excited about the opportunity to hand this book to a female reader who is into things like The Hunger Games,” Johnson says. “This is a strong character with her own point of view.”

• Writer J.T. Krul will be replaced by Keith Giffen and artist Dan Jurgens on Green Arrow with December’s Issue 4. The news comes just days after John Rozum announced he’s leaving Static Shock.

• J.H. Williams III chats at length with Death and Taxes about Batwoman: “In the Kate Kane scenes, all the design is taken out, for the most part. The pages become very traditional, the layouts are not as fantastical; I remove 99% of all the black from the art in those scenes, because I want this sense of clarity. These are all things to make it very simple and very direct and very clear, and this all subconsciously says that Kate Kane — and I think this is key, because her being gay and wanting this character to be a good symbolic character of someone who’s gay, someone who’s accepted that and is not struggling with it — Kate Kane knows exactly who she is, so the clear art and all the details being very prevalent is symbolic of that. She has nothing to hide in terms of who she is deep down inside. Now, when she’s Batwoman, that’s where things become more ambiguous for her. Though she knows who she is as Kate Kane, she still in a lot of way is figuring out who she is as Batwoman. That’s a much darker, spookier world, and less sure; it is also a more extreme and harder-edged world, and the art, these painterly approaches and murky textures in combination with sharp, rigid panel arrangements and more fanciful layouts, speaks to the extremeness of that.” offers a look at Red Hood and the Outlaws #1, while Hero Complex previews Nightwing #1 and Captain Atom #1.



Hey, sweet! A superhero title for YA novel fans!

. . . and DC is advertising to them how, exactly? (Not to knock USA Today, but I imagine teen girls are only a sliver of their readership.)

This is the /perfect/ title to try what I keep thinking would be a good idea: Get this product out to book review blogs! (Independent ones, not those backed by a major newspaper.) They’re a part of how the Hunger Games series got so big in the first place, and the people who follow them are /voracious/ readers.

. . . alas, I do not get to play Angel On The Shoulder to DC’s marketing people as often as I would like. Any ideas on how to get this idea out to them? Or should I just wait for a Supergirl GN and attempt to push product on their behalf?

The first part of that Captain Atom preview reads like a Firestorm preview. Has Captain Atom been shown to be able to turn fire into snow before?

Captain Atom has control over matter and energy IIRC.

Supergirl looks GREAT. I love the art in that preview.

The take on Supergirl looks and sounds great. I did not like the part of the article where they discuss the limiting of her sex appeal and call some of her older uniforms “extreme.” Her skirted outfits were quite far from the true extreme: Power Girl and all of the Males. Also, he talks about the body being athletic but not over the top. What about the male bodies? If someone, for once, treated both genders the same, it would be a relief. Americans are scared to death by a sexy female, yet shirtless vampires and superheroes are on tv, movies, and book covers 24/7. Let’s edit the ridiculous male bodies and make them look like average guys too then.

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