Supergirl: Rebirth #1 (DC)



Rating: 4/5 – Parallels With the TV Show, But Differences Too
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

I’ve recently caught up on most of the Supergirl television show and for the most part I’ve enjoyed it. At times the writing can be a bit cheesy and too convenient, but Supergirl herself and most of her supporting cast are likeable and endearing characters. The show has filled a hole for me since I gave up on DC’s New 52 Supergirl series after only about ten issues. Now, Supergirl is getting an all new Rebirth series with writer Steve Orlando and artist Emanuela Lupacchino on the Rebirth one-shot (to be followed by Brian Ching on issue #1 in two weeks). This new series has parallels with the TV show, but still maintains differences to stand on its own.

What stood out for me the most is Lupacchino’s art. This book looks great and her style is a perfect fit for the character. Supergirl looks younger, but not too young.  Except for what seems to be DC’s “mandatory” lines within the costume that Jim Lee started with the New 52 costume designs, it’s a very iconic and classic look. The colors are nice and bright when they need to be, but are balanced in tone when the story calls for it, especially in a scene where Kara is flying out of the sun.  The oranges and reds are brilliantly displayed and not too bright so as to overexpose the drawing. It’s a two-page splash that reintroduces readers to Supergirl who may, like myself, have been away from the comic series for a while.

I could tell I’ve been away from the character for a while since in the opening pages, Supergirl is having to fly into the sun in order to restore her powers. Just why she didn’t have powers isn’t explained and writer Steve Orlando must have felt as though it didn’t matter, and I have to agree with him. She’s quickly powered back up, that’s all that matters and this Rebirth issue sets the tone for the rest of this series. Along the way in this issue we meet the supporting cast of her Kryptonian parents (in Flashback), as well as her Earth parents in a way that fans of the TV show will be familiar with. The new status quo for Kara is much different than what I was expecting, but the more I think about it the more I agree with DC’s choices. Supergirl is a series that I’ll be reading monthly again and I’m now looking forward to both the show and the comic.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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