According to solicitation text available at Amazon, DC Comics is launching a digital-first Supergirl series in the near future.
With a hearty nod to the Supergirl show on CBS, the new series hasn't got a creative team or release date announced yet, although a late-2016 bow for the first trade paperback collection indicates fairly soon, since DC typically takes a while to get digital-first series into collected editions.
The series will actually pick up threads from the series, suggesting that it won't take place in the general DC Universe and will likely be a tie-in book a la The Flash Season Zero and Arrow Season 2.5, which both ran last year.
Here's the official synopsis, as tracked down by Bleeding Cool:
SUPERGIRL: DIGITAL FIRST VOL. 1 ties directly into critically acclaimed Fall 2015 hit television show Supergirl, continuing storylines as they appear on the show.
Kara Zor-El landed on Earth after many years stuck in en route from her now-destroyed home planet Krypton, having followed in her famous cousin Superman’s footsteps. Upon arriving, she was taken in by the lovely Danvers family and taught to hide her un-Earthly powers from sight. As the world falls in love with her super hero cousin Superman, Kara starts to feel the urge to embrace her powers, especially when her powers can save someone she loves.
But does National City want a Supergirl? Is the world ready for another super hero? And what other-worldly consequences arrive once Kara Danvers reveals her true self? Find out in the stories between the episodes in SUPERGIRL: DIGITAL-FIRST VOL. 1!
Don't be surprised if executive producer Andrew Kreisberg shows up attached to the series; he wrote or co-wrote the first digital-first comics for Arrow and The Flash, and then executive producer Marc Guggenheim wrote the second series of Arrow comics with one of the other staff writers for the show, Keto Shimizu.
It might also prove an interesting area to try out villains and even some heroes that would be difficult to manage onscreen. Seeing more Superman seems more plausible when they don't have to cast the perfect Clark Kent, and big-name, big-budget villains could be test-driven in the miniseries before making the transition to TV (something they did on The Flash Season Zero).0comments
DC had no official comment, which is fairly standard in these situations. The company tends to announce their digital-first products very close to their digital launch dates, just ahead of solicitations for the first issue collecting the digital chapters to print.
Supergirl airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Tonight's episode, "Human For a Day," features some recognizable scenes and characters from the comics. The midseason finale is next week.