Supergirl Saturday: Action Comics #300, “The Return of Super-Horse!” and #301, “The Secret Identity of Super-Horse!”
|September 28, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Supergirl Saturday|
Hold on to your spurs, kids: Comet’s back! And in these next couple of issues, we’re finally going to get the payoff (?) you’ve all been waiting for (???): the romance between Supergirl and her horse. Blech.
Our story begins with Supergirl having yet another dream about Comet, prompting her to go see if his memory has been restored from those lotus blossoms. But bad news awaits her:
The opportunistic crooks in the truck decide to harness Comet for some added horsepower (rimshot!), but they wind up with more than they bargained for:
The crooks make a makeshift Super-Horse costume and tell Comet who he is, and that they’re his friends. He’s still confused, so he decides to trust them, and becomes their new getaway vehicle:
Stacy and Grimm are washed off by the waterfall, much to my dismay because Stacy and Grimm are hilarious and I want a million comics about them. Where’s my Stacy and Grimm: Year One, Geoff Johns?
Comet realizes his “friends” weren’t such nice people and wanders off in search of actual friends. Soon he comes across a little girl playing by herself in a field, as tiny children do…and the field is on fire!
Bonnie turns out to be remarkably accident-prone, because the next day she’s snatched up by an eagle, as small children often are:
So the friends are reunited! Hooray! Although clearly Bonnie is going to die of some horrible catastrophe pretty much the instant Comet leaves, but eh. Can’t be helped.
Supergirl and Comet return to Midvale, where…you know what, I’m not even going to bother to explain it. I’ll just let you puzzle over it:
But what’s this? A mission that only Comet can accomplish? What could it be???
Well, I’ll tell you, but first, have a very savvy letter:
Ah, yes, because Science. Of course.
Well, this looks interesting.
Our story begins with Supergirl and Comet reporting to the Fortress to hear about this mission that only Comet can undertake:
I love the image of Supergirl riding off on Comet with that fishbowl space helmet so much. There’s something so gleefully retrofuturistically Space Age about it.
Anyway, there is trouble afoot on Zerox, a planet of wizards because why not. Prince Endor must lead a procession on a flying horse in order to keep his throne, but Pegasus doesn’t seem to feel like flying today. Is it foul play?
And so, Comet accomplishes the mission only he can accomplish: saving the day thanks to a technicality and dumb luck. In other words, Comet is basically useless.
In gratitude, Prince Endor offers to grant Comet a wish. Comet only has one: to be human.
Kara, I wouldn’t hang out with Nomed if I were you…
YOU ARE SUPERGIRL. WHAT ARE YOU DOING FAINTING AT DANGER? THIS IS SO DUMB. Also, I guess Comet just murdered that guy.
UGH I HATE THIS. I’d also like to note that Comet, or Biron, or whoever, is, to all appearances, an adult. Comics of the time didn’t seem to see anything wrong with pairing Supergirl up with grown men – we’ve got a doozy coming up in a couple of weeks – but it’s so gross to me. So very gross. And here the squickiness of an adult taking advantage of a teenager is compounded by his refusal to tell her who he really is. Blech blech blech.
Anyway, Comet dashed off because he felt the spell wearing off, which means that Endor is basically a jerk because Comet was only human for, what, five minutes? However, the spell has lasting effects:
You forgot the hyphen, Supergirl.
Comet finds his way to a rodeo. Apparently in the Silver Age there were like 50 of these per state.
Poor Lena. From a starring role as a femme fatale to basically the human Google Earth.
At the rodeo, Supergirl finds a horse that looks familiar…and a man:
I am so much more into Supergirl wrestling angry bulls to the ground than Supergirl fainting. I’m also theoretically very interested in hot dudes having their shirts ripped off as collateral damage, but not when they’re statutorial gross horsemen. Where’s Mon-El?
Annnd here’s the grossness. It’s the little *chuckle* that really twists the knife. I’m glad taking advantage of your underage friend is so amusing to you, Comet. Justify it all you want – you didn’t tell her because you know perfectly well she might not want to make out with A HORSE.
As the comet leaves the solar system, Comet begins to turn back into a horse, stopping in his powerless centaur form first. Some rustlers who were after that white trick horse from a few panels back recognize that Comet makes a much better prize:
Bad call, rustlers!
Comet returns to his usual haunts, and Supergirl finally tracks him down:
“And some day I may tell you about them! But probably not! Because then I’d have to stop kissing you under false pretenses! Whee hee haugh!”
Comet, you sicken me.