Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Meaninglessness of Supergirl

Judging from some of the Absorbascomments about this week's Booster Gold, some of you modern comics readers are upset by Booster Gold's inability to change certain events in history.

Oh, dear. Still unhappy?
Linda Danvers has the super-power of negative thinking.

Still clutching to the belief that you have god-given free will?

You know who we need to set our heads straight? Supergirl.

Supergirl, as I've mentioned before, is comic books' Demon of Determinism, the Devil of Inevitability, the Cuckoo in the Clockwork Universe. Supergirl is more terrifying than Swamp Thing, more bleak than Hellblazer, and more emo than Spider-Man. Master of False Hope, Supergirl invented the One-Step Program, the two-headed coin, Three-card Monte, and the four-way stop.

As we've learned, we can feel marginally better about our own lives because, despite her many abilities, Supergirl's super-self-awareness of determinism renders her powerless:
As opposed to the Danvers' summer cottage on Venus.

Only in yesterday's dreams and tomorrow's hopes have you any power, because those are illusions; here in the present, you can do nothing.
Supergirl *chokes* again.

Thus, Supergirl flees any responsibilities in the present (where all is pointless anyway), and seeks refuge in the past...
You mean, before the writer's strike?

and the future...
Where Mac McGarry is still hosting "It's Academic"!

But that safety is FALSE! Both past and future are merely other cell-blocks in the temporal penitentiary that is reality.

The future offers us no choices:
Did you vote for a new hair style for Linda (Supergirl) Lee?
It doesn't matter whether you did, because the inevitable result is that her new hairstyle is ...
the Odd Twist of Fate, by artist Jim Mooney. -- Ed.

Teach us, Supergirl, to fear the oncoming train that is the Future Express, headed straight for you on unswerving tracks to which you are inescapably bound.
Mine involves Anderson Cooper. Nuff said.

Ah, yesterday's dreams, unrealizable in the crushing future, where Hopes for Good turn to Sufferings from Evil.
As well as baldness.

Oh, Supergirl. You try to cling to the inalterable past.
I will come back to see you only if you wear those hats. From now on.

You, however, can't. You're heartbroken from so many failed attempts to change the past, which, inconceivably, holds the same dangers as the present and the future.
Maybe somebody let Roy Thomas write a Jonah Hex story?

Forget yesterday's dreams, tomorrow's hopes, and live (pointlessly) for today.

Perhaps Cousin Superman can help squelch your hopes for a future that will never be!
You will never be "Superwoman", Linda. Never. But Lois Lane will.

Fortunately, her cousin Superman is his traditional, supportive self:
Do not ask about the flying doll.

That's right, Linda, dear; you are utterly powerless to help in the present. But, for Rao's sake, don't stop hoping. If you stop hoping, then the PAIN of daily disappointment stops. Accept the hope AND the pain.
Um... you're becoming Jewish?

Thank you, Linda, for making us look backward in mourning for the past, look around at hopelessness in the present, and look forward toward dread of the future; truly it is a job for Supergirl.


Wayne Allen Sallee said...

As always, I enjoy the posts and the comments you make, Scipio. You still a Metropolis cop?

SallyP said...

Good Grief! And I thought that Dazzler was whiney! But you are right about one thing, Anderson Cooper IS just dreamy.


Scipio said...

"you are right about one thing, Anderson Cooper IS just dreamy."

He is. Although that wasn't exactly what I meant... .

Jeremy Rizza said...

Bwah! You had me at the "super-power of negative thinking" reference.

And I'm sorry, but I must ask about the flying doll. Like, why are its legs spread so far apart? Is it actually Britney, exiting another limo? (Via flight ring?)

Anonymous said...

So, uh....

What's with the flying doll?

Anonymous said...

The mysterious flying doll can only be Lois Lane, right?

Anonymous said...

"Inalterable past?" Supergirl's origin has been retconned so many times she makes the Assistant Editors' Month books over at Marvel look like canon by comparison.

Besides, she's always got Comet to cheer her up when she's feeling down.

Anonymous said...

Where Mac McGarry is still hosting "It's Academic"!

HA! That's funnier than Supergirl bashing!

can't believe that show is still on...

Anonymous said...

Scipio did you ever read Lords of the Ultra-Realm?