Review: Supergirl #1

Written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson, Art & Cover by Mahmud Asrar

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman – and none of his affection for the people of Earth. So don’t piss her off!

Bias: Teeny-bopper power fantasy with a disdain for mankind. Ugh. Everything about this book screams that it’s not for me. Even the worst concept, if written well, can be an amazing story, but this has really got its work cut out for it to peek my interest.

What I liked: The alien-ness of Supergirl was definitely accentuated, and well written. We also get more of an idea of Krypton in this title than any of the Superman books, since Supergirl was old enough to remember it.

The artwork looked like a favorable cross between Mark Bagley and Lienil Yu.

What I disliked: Not much happened. The vast majority of the comic was taken up by the minutia of Supergirl’s reaction to her first moments on Earth (including being attacked) – and those reactions were great, but it left no room for a broader view of the story and where the title might be going. It was interesting, but didn’t give much of a reason to continue reading the title. Still, what was there was good…

Verdict: I’m giving this one more issue to give us a glimpse of where the creative team is headed with this title.

As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.

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  1. It’s hard to describe my favorite scene here, because it felt like one giant scene. So instead, I’ll describe my favorite page: where her super-hearing kicks in. Amusingly, if I hadn’t read all the other DCnU titles, this would’ve probably been my least favorite. But since I recognized the “—is the fiercest killer in all of Gotham. And he doesn’t even know it.” line from Nightwing, and the “A church. It had to be a church. Like I’m not already damned as it is.” from Birds of Prey (and I’m assuming “I don’t talk to fish.” is from next week’s Aquaman), it was fun to see her hearing what was happening in the other titles, even if she couldn’t understand it.

    Which is my favorite part of the comic: her alien-ness. She speaks Kryptonian, and thus, doesn’t understand anything anyone says around her. When the sun comes up, her powers really kick in (heat vision, super strength, and the aforementioned super-hearing). And unlike Superman, who developed slowly, she just suddenly has all these abilities to try to figure out.

    Which leads to my biggest problem with the book: how fast her powers develop. We see Superman in Action Comics at an older age than Supergirl is here, and he’s been on Earth (and thus, affected by the rays of the sun) for quite a bit longer. How are her powers advancing so quickly? Not to mention the fact that, before the sun even rose, she could barely feel the blizzard and was only hurt by whatever energy whip device the power suits used. Since she remarked on the first, I’ve got to assume the pod she was in helped the process along (which I’m hoping they’ll explain in future issues), but since it wasn’t described in this issue, it felt…odd.

    Actually, my biggest problem was that this issue was interesting in and of itself, but left little in the way of where it could go from here. Superman, on the last page, gives hope that we’ll get somewhere now, but given that the description for next issue is “House of El divided!” and the cover to issue 2 shows Supergirl decking him, I get the sense that we’re in for more of what we’ve seen in the first issue – and what we really need (or, at least, what I want) is more of an indication of where the story will be going from here.

    As for the mysterious, hooded woman from Flashpoint #5, she appears behind the leg of the power suit closest to Supergirl in the bottom panel of page 20.

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