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Mon, October 30th, 2000 at 12:00am PST

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Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

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DAVID ON SUPERGIRL'S NEW LOOK

[Supergirl]When DC Comics killed Supergirl in the 1980s, it was the end of the character as the last daughter of Krypton.

Of course, the character came back, after a fashion, but fans of the original Girl of Steel had to wait until Supergirl appeared on the animated Superman cartoon to have her Kryptonian once more.

Even so, things were still changed: For one thing, the teenaged Kara sported an all-new costume that was more Britney Spears than Helen Slater.

And in the pages of "Supergirl" #51, the two new Supergirls came crashing together, as the twentysomething Linda Danvers put on the animated Supergirl's costume.

"No, it's not a very dignified costume," series writer Peter David told fans on DC Comics' official Supergirl message board on Saturday. "We were going for a specific effect. Remember: This is not Supergirl. This is Linda Danvers endeavoring to live up to Supergirl's exploits, using the powers that remain to her in a way that she believes Supergirl would. However, those endeavors are filtered through Linda's own personality, as opposed to Linda Mae's.

"I knew that I was going to want to go for a costume change anyway with the new story arc. The concept of employing the animated one was suggested to me by the editor (although, for all I know, [penciller Leonard Kirk] thought of it as well.) The notion was, Hey, the animated version's popular, people seem to like that look, it's kicky, let's make use of it.

"To me, the question was very simple: Did it serve the storyline? Answer: Yes. Because 'Supergirl' has always been a series about self-exploration. In the first 50 issues it was about spiritual growth, about hubris, about the dangers of becoming caught up in your own press, and -- ultimately -- faith. The Linda arc will continue along the fundamental theme of self-exploration, but along different lines. The costume is one aspect of that (although to me the wig is, once again, a nod to the Silver Age; it's the ultimate turnaround, Linda using a blonde wig to create her Supergirl identity rather than a brown one to create her Linda identity.)

"Tons of people go to baseball games wearing clothing or jerseys bearing the names of their teams and specific 'hero' players. But the clothes alone do not make the hero. Linda will be exploring whether she herself has what it takes to be a hero, and to be her own woman -- whoever that woman might be. The most important words uttered in the book: 'Who is Linda Danvers?' Well, right now she's someone who threw this costume together to play hero. Who she WILL be ... we'll find out."

'HIPPO-LIGHT-UH,' 'HIPPO-LEE-TAH,'

'TOMAY-TOE,' 'TOMAH-TOE:

PRONOUNCE WONDER WOMAN'S MOTHER'S NAME THE DC WAY

No one can force you to pronounce a comic character's name a certain way. "Clark Kent" can be pronounced "Bob" if you like.

But sometimes, it's nice to find out how one is meant to pronounce, say, "Hippolyta," a name of interest to fans of DC Comics' Wonder Woman and Infinity, Inc. characters.

"'Hippolyta' is pronounced 'hip-PAUL-eh-tah' 'round the DC halls," new "Wonder Woman" writer Phil Jimenez told fans this weekend at DC Comics' official message boards. "Although 'he-PAUL-eh-tah' is probably not terribly wrong either."

And while he was in the neighborhood, Jimenez answered a few questions from fans about what to expect from his run on "Wonder Woman," which begins with the next issue.

"I have no intention of having Diana focus the Godwave again, ever.

"I use the notion that Diana has nearly unchartable Class 100 strength; i.e., she can lift well over 100 tons and is one of the strongest people on the planet, next to Captain Marvel, Martian Manhunter, Orion, and right below Superman.

"I'll be showing Diana using her strength and speed a lot, but I'm not sure what I could actually draw that would allow us to see her using her strength at its utmost; mountains, small moons, city blocks...? Extremes like that are difficult to showcase realistically ...

"Diana will face some more powerful beings of godlike powers, as well as foes that have no powers at all, and are more social in nature.

"I think Wonder Woman kicks butt not because she's super-strong or is great with an sword, but because she's a unique heroine with an amazing world view and someone I admire. I have no desire to emphasize the physical battles as what makes her 'kick ass' -- I think she's kick ass because she more than any other hero has the potential to teach her opponents a better way to live and a more hopeful way to lead their lives."

PREVIEW: 'DANGER GIRL: KAMIKAZE' #1

[Danger Girl: Kamikaze]
Danger Girl: Kamikaze #1 Preview
Angels, schmangels.

Sure, this Friday's "Charlie's Angels" movie has Bill Murray, but it doesn't have a character who just happens to look like Sean Connery circa "Medicine Man," and it absolutely doesn't have the manga-influenced energy of Tommy Yune's "Danger Girl: Kamikaze" miniseries, which hits shops this December.

Fresh from their adventures in "Danger Girl" #7 (hopefully), surviving members of the Danger Girl team turn eastward, to face a new threat in Hong Kong.

The two-part DC/Wildstorm miniseries is written by "Speed Racer" writer Tommy Yune, with a cover by Yune and interior art by Yune and Vince Russell.

The first issue is slated for a December 13 release.

THE COMIC BRIEF IN BRIEF

Here's what's news (and press releases) in CBR's Comic Brief since the last edition of the Comic Wire:

  • The Dragon goes mad or does Madman go Savage?

  • Penciler and details on mysterious sixth CrossGen book revealed

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