Review: Supergirl #1

Published on September 27th, 2011

DC Universe, I thought I knew you. We have been together for so long, but after all this time, you can still surprise me. You are the boyfriend that still brings me my favorite flowers after two years together. That flower is now named Supergirl #1. I can’t imagine why DC did this to me, but I’m so glad they did. I have never liked a comic that involved anyone in the Superman family and now I like two. The surprise was a pleasant one, because here’s the thing, DC. I know that you give me Batman pretty consistently, but it’s the fact that you can give me the new stuff that I don’t expect that will take our relationship to next level. It’s why we’ll last forever.

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Enough of all that, have you looked at Supergirl #1? Pick one up and flip through it. That is one pretty book! In fact, I would say it’s the best looking book of the week. The artists, Mahmud Asrar and Dan Green, really drove the story. They changed the color schemes of the panels, depending on the level of confusion Kara was feeling. It all culminated with crystal clear artwork and sharp coloring on the final page when everything seemed to make sense for her. Gorgeous job by these men! I can’t wait to see if the art will play as big a part in future issues as it did in this one.

So it’s pretty, but to maintain a long term relationship, this book needs more than just looks. It needs story and substance. We need to be able to understand one another. Ok, maybe I am taking this relationship metaphor too far. Luckily, Supergirl has all that in spades. I loved seeing Kara thrown in an unknown world, completely out of her element. Part of the fun was watching her handle it. First, she thinks she is simply on Krypton, but then Earth’s yellow sun comes out. Kara starts to kick some major ass after that. It’s a brilliant way to reintroduce the character. Kara is incredibly likable and writers, Michael Green and Mike Johnson, get the readers instantly on her side. I was really rooting for her and was frustrated when she was lost. I felt what Kara was feeling. It’s an excellent call to focus on the human elements of this Kryptonian and the creative team pulled it off very well.

I now understand that I must mean something to DC. I questioned it a lot, especially after reading some of the other books this week, but like very good relationship, DC knew how to apologize and make it better. I won’t hope they screw up again, but if Supergirl is how they make it up to me, I can handle it.

Susan Damon
Susan@ComicImpact.com