Supergirl Saturday: Action Comics #275, “Ma and Pa Kent Adopt Supergirl!” and #277, “The Battle of the Super-Pets!”
|February 8, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Supergirl Saturday|
A couple of quick stories for you today, because next week we’re getting into some ongoing plotlines and I am too excited to waste any more time than necessary on dream sequences and Streaky. Here we go!
Our first story starts with some of Superman’s worst dickishness yet:
I can’t even with his disingenuous “Why, whatever could be the matter?” or his assumption that his only living relative doesn’t deserve parents, but I will point out what a creepy fuck he is in that third panel. STEP BACK.
And of course Linda dreams:
Okay, that child is like seven.
Anyway, Freakishly Large Baby Linda is adopted by the Kents and they go through the usual woes of adjusting to her powers. Soon comes adolescence, with its requisite angst:
I could get into Linda/Lex in this universe. I could so get into that.
Since the Kents are much better people than the dickmonster they raised, they give Linda a costume and tell her to do her thing:
That last panel is one of my favorite panels in the history of everything.
Supergirl’s wacky almost-Superboy adventures continue, complete with the arrival of a pet from Krypton – but instead of Krypto the Superdog, it’s Squawky the Superparrot, because parrots are the opposite of dogs(?). Meanwhile, Linda’s romantic life fails to improve:
DATE LEX, LINDA. HE’S MUCH NICER AND HE’S GONNA BE CRAZY RICH.
Oh, Linda, honey. Dear DC: I want a million billion comics about teenage superheroines having feelings, please print them all post-haste.
One day Lex, who’s spotted the resemblance between Linda and Supergirl, sees Squawky doing some parroty heroics, follows him, and learns:
WHAT A SWEETIE-PIE.
Anyway, Bob doesn’t believe Lex at first, but through an elaborate ruse involving teenage boys having some handy uranium dust and a geiger counter because who doesn’t, Lex proves Linda’s secret. Bob acts accordingly (read: dickishly):
AREN’T YOU LIKE FOURTEEN. WHAT.
Luckily, Linda’s super-hearing picks up the geiger counter and she realizes why Bob suddenly wants her.
AW YEAH, LINDA. SPURN HIM GOOD. *sigh* She’s so great.
Since we’ve run out of pages, Linda suddenly awakens and recounts her dream in a thought bubble for those kids who only have the last page of the comic for some reason. “Goodness! Dreams certainly are fantastic!” she declares. How right you are, Linda. How right you are.
Next story, and let’s do this one quick. Linda gets the cover of this issue!
The splash page is…a little different, though:
Anyway, we open with the usual “uh oh don’t get adopted” shenanigans, but the real action starts when Streaky gets jealous of Krypto:
Streaky finds his X-kryptonite, regains his powers, and attacks Krypto. Supergirl and Superman separate them, and:
So…the El cousins are pretty bored all the time, huh?
To keep the violence of the Super-pet battle from causing any damage to Earth, Supergirl takes the pets to a distant planet and they engage in a series of contests to determine which one is the best. Then things start getting weird:
Things get increasingly trippy, and then:
Sure, okay, whatever. Anyway, all’s well that ends well, right?
Wah wah waaaaaah.