Walking through an Antique Mall on the Oregon coast, I stumbled upon this little beauty: “DC Comics Presents SUPERMAN introduces SUPERWOMAN Annual #2 (DC, 1983)”
I am not a collector but I do enjoy picking up old Comics if I find some cool-looking cover. I simply could not resist the alluring Superwoman with her super cool costume. I don’t know about you but I did not even know there ever was a Superwoman until now.
There is a lot of cool and crazy going on in this book. I am about to spoil it all so stop reading now if you don’t want to know.
Kristen Wells is a History Professor living and teaching in the 29th century. She is telling her students about the Last Secret Identity: Superwoman. Apparently, by the 29th century, everyone knows the DC heroes real identities except for Superwoman. Prompted by her students, Kristen goes back in time in order to find out who Superwoman really is. She gets hired at the Daily Planet as a typist for Lois lane and hangs out with Clark Kent/ Superman who already knows her. Apparently, Kristen time-travels a lot. She finds the Superwoman costume in Lois Lane’s closet (!!!) but Lois is keeping it for Clark’s cousin, Linda Danvers (aka Supergirl!), so that she can wear it at an upcoming costume party (!!!).
The villainous King Kosmos, who is bent on world domination, shows up. According to Kristen’s history records, that’s when Superwoman is supposed to first appear to save the day and help Superman but there is no Superwoman in sight. So she put on the Superwoman costume and uses her futuristic tech to phase through objects, fly, and just be all kind of badass. So yeah, she is Superwoman. She is also (revealed at the very end) Jimmy Olsen’s grand-grand-grand daughter (add as many “grand-” as necessary here). That explains why she keeps refusing to date him during the whole thing because, well, that’d be kinda creepy.
I did enjoy the fact that Superwoman is more than just a female version of Superman. She has no superpowers but uses futuristic technology and science in order to defeat her opponent. Yes, at some point, Superman saves her from falling to her death after she gets hit by King Kosmos. But you’ve got to give the poor lad something to do since he seems completely clueless as to what’s happening for most of the issue. Superwoman actually tells him a couple times that she will “explain later” because clearly poor “Smallville” does not get it. She is also very patriotic. Her catch phrase is “Let History bear witness that no American ever had to bow to a tyrant”. She is also very adept at flying thanks to her “Freestyle Space Dancing Lessons” (!!!).
This is a really fun story where Superwoman actually gets to take the lead and is not a simple sidekick to the Man of Steel. I hope DC will bring her back, perhaps in the hands of Gail Simone? That would be awesome.
The last thing she does before leaving the present, is to steal a kiss from Clark. Because, like I said, she’s pretty smart.