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Tuesday, December 08, 2009 

Lana Lang is scheduled to die in Supergirl's series

Now they're not even trying to hide or surprise at the last minute. Comic Book Resources, interviewing the writer Sterling Gates, brings this up. But Super-fans have a chance to object if they find the continuing death spiral in DC Comics aggravating by now. From the article:
Speaking of Supergirl, there's a fair amount of new developments going on in her book right now. While Batman and Superman are teaming up in "World's Finest," DC's solicitations seem to hint that Lana Lang may be deceased - and her collapse in Issue #42 doesn't give fans much hope. Is she really dying in this issue?

Yes. Next question! [Laughs]
Death is no laughing matter, regardless of whether it can be reversed, and if that's how Gates is going to behave, then he shouldn't be allowed to write this book. Seems like too many writers are taking serious subjects and adding insulting expressions to them lately.
Fair enough...but you've worked so hard to re-integrate Lana back into Super-continuity. Why build up this character to the point where she's so vital in Supergirl's life and then schedule her for an untimely end?

Death pushes on a character's emotional boundaries, especially when someone close to a character dies. We've seen Kara go through the grieving process dealing with the death of her father, Zor-El, so I wanted to approach the Lana sequence a little differently.

As we get closer to that issue, Kara's going to start trying to figure out what's wrong with Lana. She's been told by Flamebird that something's "corrupt" in Lana. So now it's sort of a race against time as Kara tries to figure out just what that means.

Judging by issue 49's solicit, though, it looks a lot like Kara won't be able to save the day.
But readers could by raising their voices, voting with their wallets and telling that no, they do not approve of Lana being killed off. The question asked here alludes to something awful they've developed a track record for - bringing back old cast members only to kill them off soon after. And this kind of bankruptcy has taken the place of character development.

While we're on the subject, DC's next overabundant crossover is called War of the Supermen, scheduled to be released in May. No need to pay good money for that either.

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