Guest Author - Eugene Bradford
When I expanded my reading interests to include DC Comics, I checked out several titles and characters. I became fond of some and disliked others. Supergirl is one of many I grew to appreciate. She differed vastly from her popular cousin, of whom I have not been much of a fan. So when it was announced that she would have a series as a part of the “DCnU” or “New 52,” reading her new adventures was guaranteed.
Our writers, Michael Green and Mike Johnson, guide our hero as she descends upon the earth in the ever-famous meteor shower. Unlike past events, our soon to be hero does not land anywhere in America, but in Siberia. Upon setting foot on this new land, Supergirl is lost, as expected, but believes she is merely dreaming.
In the art department the credits belong to Mahmud Asrar and he is joined by inker Dan Green, colorist Dave McCaig, and letterer John J. Hill. For most of the book, I enjoy Asrar’s art. I don't know if it is something from a design standpoint with respect to angles and perception, but there were some inconsistencies with her appearance that seemed off.
One aspect of Supergirl that has always resonated with fans is how she differed from her cousin with respect to their places in the world.
Some of her best moments came out of stories where she was unsure of how she fit in with Superman, other heroes, and society in general. That theme is presented well in this issue as readers see Supergirl try to talk to the soldiers sent to investigate, but realizes they are not speaking the same language. We get a taste of that here and it’s reasonable to expect more of that in the future.
One of my favorite moments in this issue is a panel in which our hero has just risen out of the meteor and is still dazed and quite confused. She actually believes she’s dreaming. She’s standing with her hand out feeling the snow fall. The writers present some inner monologue while our penciller portrays the innocence of the character.
It's not all sweet, however. Before her arrival, U.S. soldiers piloting heavily armed exo-suits are sent to intercept her. During this confrontation, the sun is rising and she feels her powers coming on. So as she's struggling with her new surroundings and an assault team, she is feeling her powers take form.
This book was far from perfect, I actually found myself wanting to like it more than I did. But I did enjoy it and look forward to reading issue #2. I feel the book will present some truly in-depth characterization for our protagonist for the future.
I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I purchased this book with my own funds.