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DCeased Supergirl

DC Essentials
by yo go re

Well this is unexpected.

When DC Direct put Harley Quinn in its DCeased line, she may have looked entirely different than she did in the comic, but she did at least appear in the comic. She had dialogue and everything. But Kara Zor-El, though? Not so much. I had to go look up whether she even showed up at all. Turns out she does: she's in a single panel in issue 5.

In order to plan and prepare to fight against the zombie plague, all the heroes rallied at Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Or, well, "Fortress of Getting Everybody Together" at this point, I guess. It definitely seemed like a goood idea at the time, though the results were less than ideal. Anyway, Supergirl was seen standing around not talking to anybody in the big group shot, and then never seen again. But hey, a toy!

You may recall that DCD had a truly great Supergirl mold, in their DC Icons line, but this is DC Essentials: different scale, different molds. As always, the Essentials style favors exaggeratedly long legs, which is fine for some characters, but looks weird on someone who's supposed to be a teenager. She's got the opening "clawing" hands to scratch and infect the living, with the lower edges of her sleeves painted on the backs of the hands. Her skirt and her cape are PVC pieces attached to the figure.

Paul Harding sculpted the zombie head, which is looking very angry. Since she never appeared as a zombie in the story (and only on one variant cover), he was basically free to do whatever felt right. She looks like she's hissing, and her pupils are so small her eyes nearly look blank. She's got the usual deep scratches on her face all the DCeased zombies get (from themselves, in the first instants of infection).

Being a Kryptonian, Kara is fairly invulnerable, so it makes sense she wouldn't have any wounds on her body or rips in her clothes. Her colors are darker than usual, so suggest the darker world she lives in, and there's blood on her chest and hands. Her boots and cape get some darker splotches painted on as well. The basic idea is to make it clear this isn't "normal" Supergirl even when viewed from different angles, and it works.

Because the cape and skirt are soft, they don't get in the way of the articulation. DC Essentials moved well, so the figure has swivel/hinge ankles, swivel shins, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, swivel/hinge wrists, double-hinged elbows, swivel biceps, swivel/hinge shoulders, a balljointed chest, a hinged neck and balljointed head. Her hair means she can't tip her head back too easily, but the rest works fine. None of the DCeased figures have any accessories, even if it would have been neat for this Supergirl to have the same flight stand as the last one.

Supergirl might not have been even slightly zombie-ish in the story, but that hardly matters - imagine this is yet another alternate reality, the one depicted on the variant covers. It's more a problem that she looks like a Superwoman than a Supergirl, but that's something a lot of companies get wrong.

-- 07/20/22

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