DC Comics Finally Publishes a Supergirl Comic After 6 Months…Kinda

Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1 (2021)

DC Comics will be releasing a two-issue story called “Kara Zor-El, Superwoman” in January 2021 as part of its “Future State” event. “Future State” is DC Comics’ two-month line-wide detour into possible futures of the DC universe with “reimagined” versions of their characters.

Here is the official solicitation copy:

FUTURE STATE: KARA ZOR-EL, SUPERWOMAN #1

Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
Card stock variant cover by ALEX GARNER
ON SALE 1/12/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 1 of 2
CARD STOCK COVER $4.99 US
Kara Zor-El, Superman’s hot-tempered cousin [ed. note: GROAN], has finally found peace and purpose away from Earth and its heroes. Now known as Superwoman, she watches over the Moon and the refugees from across the galaxy who have congregated there. But all of that is about to change when a spaceship piloted by a runaway alien crash-lands and turns Kara’s world upside down! Does this fugitive come in peace? Or does this arrival bring war to our hero’s front door?

Read more about the story in Kara Zor-El, Superwoman from writer Marguerite Bennett at the DC Comics Blog.

As far as I can tell, DC Comics are trying to launch some new versions of legacy characters. Warner Media spent the summer laying off most DC Comics editorial, marketing and sales employees so it’s hard to know if there are enough people left at the company to publish and sell comics right now. I suspect the publisher is testing the waters to see which new characters get some buzz, to see where they should pursue new directions. Case in point: The CW has already announced a new “Wonder Girl” TV series based on a younger version of the new Wonder Woman, Yara Flora, appearing in “Future State”. That seems smart, as the TV show will be able to market this new character to a much bigger audience than the comics ever could. Too bad it’s the CW.

I’m not sure what the point of this 2-issue Supergirl story is, since it’s almost certain to be undone by the end of the event due to some action taken by Superman (probably to go back in time and undo his decision to reveal his identity to the world, since that decision is apparently what leads to the future seen in “Future State”, according to Superman Group Editor Jamie S. Rich in his interview with IGN).