When Nick Spencer Left Supergirl

Back in the midsts of time, before the New 52, Nick Spencer was the writer of Supergirl. And then suddenly, half way through his first issue, he wasn’t.

At the show, Spencer told people that the reason was that editorial just didn’t like what he was giving them, which is why he only wrote two thirds of the issue, having it finished by the now-ongoing writer James Peaty. However on release, he says the positive reviews saw them change their mind – but by then Nick had signed by Marvel.

tumblr_mjzbk0Uyaw1rm7pqvo1_500Sounds familiar doesn’t it? So what was he going to write on Supergirl. Well, with this unused Supergirl cover by Amy Reeder, he told us on Tumblr.

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 :)