Supergirl Saturday: Action Comics #310, “Supergirl’s Rival Parents!”
|February 21, 2015||Posted by Jess under Comics, Supergirl Saturday|
Our last Supergirl Saturday left you on a cliffhanger, with Kara discovering that her birth parents are still alive, trapped in the Survival Zone. She’s determined to rescue them – but what if doing so just causes new problems?
Kara starts her search by asking Kandorian scientists for help locating the Survival Zone:
But those aren’t her parents, of course – they’re robots she and Superman built to populate the memorial planet. Still, they can help:
But Kara doesn’t make it into the Survival Zone:
EVEN HER ROBOT PARENTS LOVE HER SO MUCH. ;_;
So it’s back to Earth, where Zor-El guides Kara through build a reverse projector to bring her parents back. Little does she know she’s being observed:
DOES IT WORK???
IT DOES! HOORAY!
But that leaves Kara with a problem: does she leave her beloved adoptive parents behind to go live with her birth parents? Or does she turn her back on Zor-El and Alura, who risked everything to save her?
I’m not sure how forced the perspective in that third panel is supposed to be, but I like to imagine the rocket monument is bigger than whatever city that is (Metropolis?).
Kara decides that she needs to go with her birth parents, and the Danverses stiff-upper-lip it:
EVERYONE IS SO NICE AND IS JUST TRYING TO MAKE EVERYONE ELSE HAPPY. Also, I am charmed that Zor is helping out in the kitchen, even in this ultra-conservative 60s comic.
But Zor’s not just good at dessert-making – he’s also come up with a solution to Kara’s terrible dilemma. It is, however, a rather extreme one:
…Yeah, so Zor’s kind of a moron. Like, Kara loved you on Argo when you didn’t have powers ever, so…?
Anyway, Fred has an actually useful solution:
Hooray! A happy ending for everyone!
…And that’s what I find remarkable about this issue. The high melodrama of it all isn’t exactly a roller coaster ride – we know the whole way through that it’s going to work out. But in five short years Supergirl has gone from a sad little orphan making the best of it to, well, basically living a perfect fantasy life: the adoration of the world, like half a dozen hot boyfriends scattered throughout the time-space continuum, and not one, but two sets of loving parents – three, if you count the robots. The tension in these issues comes not from any kind of peril, but from the fact that everyone loves her too much, and she’s too kind to bear the thought of hurting them. It’s a delightful change from the truly cruel way Superman treated her, and the end of the second chapter of Kara’s story (the first having ended with her being revealed to the world). You’ve come a long way, kid.