ScreenRant.com caught up with “Supergirl” comic book writer Marc Andreyko to talk about issue #31, in which Superman, Supergirl and Superboy reunite, and Kara discovers that Jon isn’t as young as she remembers him.
Kara already has some experience with Kryptonian cousins changing overnight, but now we’re getting another dose – after baby Clark grew into Superman while she was asleep, Superboy has become an adolescent in weeks. What did you want to get across in writing their reunion? Because they seem to overlap now, almost more than Kara and Clark ever did.
Oh it’s a thrill, I think what Brian Bendis did with Jon, it was slightly controversial but I think it’s a real smart thing to do by aging his character up. And a lot of these scenes write themselves. You’d have to be blind to not see the… what you just said, about it being the inverse of her relationship with Clark, is her relationship with Jon. And now she gets to be a mentor, senior class buddy sort of equivalent. And it’s paying it forward. Every person inspires someone else, you see that happening through this family for generations and how close they are. It’s just a joy to write stuff like that, the strength and power of family, the strength of who you love, and who you want to protect. It’s transcendent, and universal.
I’ve been reading Supergirl comics on and off for more than a decade, and that’s one part of her character she’s never really gotten to embrace. Was that something you wanted to foster, or a direction you wanted to take Kara?
Well the first issue I did, Issue #21, there’s a scene between Kara and Clark where she says to him, ‘Krypton is theoretical to you, you were a baby.’ She doesn’t say it but in so many words, he’s the grandson of a Holocaust survivor. She’s a Holocaust survivor. You know? Imagine everything you knew dead. Your entire life gone. You come to Earth, your baby cousin is now an adult, and the #1 hero on the planet. So unpack all that stuff on an emotional level. Kara’s always been, ‘Marcia, Marcia, Marcia’ to a certain extent. And she’s probably smarter than Clark! People forget – you know, doing the research when I took the book over, she’s a child prodigy. She’s a genius. So it was fun discovering these facets of the character that had been laying a bit fallow over the years and then bringing them into the forefront.