Supergirl 0

Today, Patrick and (guest writer) Siri Hellerman are discussing Supergirl 0, originally released September 19, 2012. Supergirl 0 is part of the line-wide Zero Month.

Patrick: We’re going to do a little something different here today with Supergirl 0. Siri (while a fabulous writer in her own right) is a working actress in New York City. If you’ve ever listened to one of our Cram Session videos, then you’ve heard her acting chops at work. So when Siri suggested to me that we have a less of a stuffy, academic, boring conversation, and more of a fun, lively free-form conversation, I said “hey, that hurts my feelings.” Then we reached a compromise: recap the issue (as usual), then make a list of discussion points and film our conversation. Well, let the great experiment begin.

Because it’s a Superman family book, Supergirl 0 opens during the final days of Krypton. Zor-El performs some super-secret experiments on his daughter, Kara, from his lab in the middle of nowhere. Y’see, Zor-El has been heeding his brother Jor-El’s advice regarding the impending apocalypse, and he’s been pouring all of his science into giving Kara a viable escape plan (and possibly some physical augmentations? It’s not totally clear). For reasons that never really coalesce, Zor-El hasn’t spoken to his brother in months, so Kara has to act as embassador to the other side of the family – she even holds the infant Kal-El in her hands.

As the Kryptonian Armageddon grows nearer, Zor-El presents his daughter with clothes bearing the family crest: the iconic S. He’s also doped her or something, so Kara passes out. Just then – on a tip from Superboy – Zor’s wife, Alura, bursts in, demanding answers. Answers to questions like “why the hell are you putting my daughter in that rocket pod?” Convinced that even his own wife would find him doomsday theorizing heretical, Zor-El launches Kara into space.

Here’s what I want to talk about:

  • Krypton – I always have a hard time caring about this planet.
  • Who was that distinctive looking redhead in Zor-El’s lab? She had some kind of C-shaped face tattoo and was suspended in a tube.
  • Argo City – Any connection to the Argonauts of Greek Mythology?
  • Also “Kryptonopolis?” Yeesh.
  • If Jor-El is already shunned from society for being a weirdo, why would Zor-El keep secrets from his bother?
  • Also, what the hell kind of experiments is Zor-El performing that are so dangerous? Let’s talk about cloning.
  • Speaking of cloning, hey look it’s Superboy – and does that make any sense?
  • Which is weirder, Kryptonian weapons or Kryptonian vehicles?

Siri: And here’s what I wanna talk about:

  • Zor-el’s interior monologue boxes: So. Many. Secrets.
  • I want to know more about “the trials” Zor-el keeps talking about. So…. mysterious.
  • Jor-el sends his niece back into possible/unknown danger? Good move.
  • Also, his wife kind of has a man face at the top of page 5.
  • ZOR-EL! DON’T LEAVE YOUR WEAPONS LYING AROUND. Put that shit away, dude.
  • Supergirl has a muscular back. I’m Superjealous.
  • Let’s talk Supergirl OUTFIT.
  • Alura saying goodbye to Kara is just about the saddest ever.

Patrick: And here are those images we referred to in the video.

From 7:30 – Baby Superman has that cute hair curl.

From 8:30 – Mysterious redhead in the tube.

From 22:30 – Stellar acting on Alura.

From 24:42 – Kara puts on the Supergirl costume.

From 31:45 – Kara’s back look great.


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10 comments on “Supergirl 0

  1. I don’t think there’s any physical augmentation – I think its referring to the fact that her pod orbited the sun for 15-ish years thus ‘charging her up’ while she was presumably in a state of suspended animation since she did not age (this part hasn’t yet been explained – Clark was a baby and she was a teenager when Krypton went byebye)

    • Couldn’t that actually be explained with like, real science? If she was zipping around space at close to light speed, she would experience less time than a pod talking a more direct route. Y’know, the ol’ Planet of the Apes effect.

      • Yeah but they have this weird thing where they’re stressing the fact that she orbited really close to our yellow sun for like 15 years and is now mega powerful… way more powerful than Superman since he absorbed the sun slowly from a distance and has been getting increasingly powerful since childhood… she is like more powerful than him from the second she arrives in #1

        • For the record – I have no issue with the woman being stronger than the man. It’s just that, you know, it’s freaking Superman – he’s supposed to be the crown jewel in the Justice League roster

  2. I can answer WHO that red haired woman in the tube is!

    Reign, a creation of Zor-El’s, part of a series of beings known as the World Killers (or World Breakers) she was Kara’s adversary in the first arc from 1-6.

    • AHA! We should have known it might be foreshadowing/referencing (chronology with these zeroes is weird) events that have already happened in the series proper. Thanks for solving that mystery!

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