|January 19, 2011|
|Written by||James Peaty, Nick Spencer|
|Cover by||Richard Friend, Guy Major, Amy Reeder Hadley|
|Pencilled by||Bernard Chang|
|Inked by||Bernard Chang|
|Colored by||Kevin Senft|
|Lettering by||Travis Lanham|
|Edited by||Matt Idelson, Wil Moss|
|Next Issue||Supergirl #63|
Someone is trying to kill the young heroes of the DC Universe! Who is this villain, and how can Supergirl stop him? Maybe her friends can help - namely, Batgirl, Blue Beetle, Miss Martian, Static and...Robin?! Buckle up, folks, because this one puts the pedal to the metal on page one and doesn't let up for a second!
Summary of Stephness: Batgirl is seen on the Flyover app...
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Behind the Scenes: Nick Spencer was the original writer on this arc of Supergirl. However, he was pulled off the title at the last moment, leading to James Peaty writing these issue. As part of his plans for Supergirl to form a team of superheros, Batgirl would have featured much more prominantly in these issues, as seen on the solicited covers by Amy Reeder:
Solicitation: "Continuing the new arc by the freshly minted creative team of writer Nick Spencer (JIMMY OLSEN, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS, Morning Glories) and artist Bernard Chang (WONDER WOMAN, SUPERMAN)! Someone has set his sights on killing the next generation of heroes, and his latest targets are Robin and Batgirl! Who is this new foe, and how is he connected to some of Superman’s deadliest foes? Supergirl had better find out fast, before it’s time for another Bat-related R.I.P. story!"
Solicitation: "Nick Spencer (Morning Glories) assembles the cream of the crop of the next generation of DCU super-heroes in this issue – Robin, Static, Miss Martian, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, the new Impulse – to team up with Supergirl and take on a new villain who promises to define this generation as much as Darkseid, Lex Luthor and The Joker did prior ones. Good luck, kids!"
On his social media, Spencer revealed some of his plans for his Supergirl arc:
“by the amazing Amy Reeder— the unpublished cover for SUPERGIRL 62.
“Would’ve been fun.
“Actually, figure it’s way past time I told you what the plan was, right?
“The idea for the story was pretty simple: Kara learns how to be a leader. She had, to that point, been almost exclusively used as either a solo character, or in a supporting role on a team. I felt like someone wearing that ‘S’ on their chest would find people looking to them for answers when things got bad.
“The villain was intended to be the Luthor-Brainiac hybrid clone that Geoff Johns seeded in Adventure Comics. That scene in the one issue I did half of, with Lois running into the Planet offices, the original line was “Who here knew Lex Luthor had a son?”
“The original hope had been to use Aqualad here, too.
“The story beats that really stand out, to me:
“I know I wanted to have a scene where the fight gets really hectic, and Impulse runs away, with Kara really calmly and sympathetically talking to her about it, just the two of them, in the aftermath. That was supposed to be the big moment that Kara comes into her own.
“The entire team (except for Kara) were gonna get captured, and Kara would go to Superman, Batman, & Wonder Woman for advice— and from there, putting together ANOTHER team to rescue them (I forget who all was on that one- Black Alice, Klarion, Shining Knight, Arrowette, I think).
“The whole thing would climax at the launch party for the Flyover app, and the last scene was Impulse pulling Damian onto the dancefloor.
“My secret hope was that the whole thing could work as a back-door pilot of sorts for a new Young Justice series.
“That obviously didn’t happen : )”