Review: Supergirl #3

Supergirl #3, cover by Asrar & McCaig

I’ve never been a huge Supergirl fan.  Or, well, I’ve never been a huge Kara Zor-El fan.  For me, Supergirl was always Linda Lee Danvers, whose “Many Happy Returns” story-arc remains one of the best blends of modern age storytelling focusing and enhancing some silver age ideals (as well as being absolutely heartbreaking).  When Kara returned in the mid-2000s, it was as a sexed-up teenage brat, and it wasn’t long before I gave up on her completely.  It was only with the reboot, and my decision to give every book a shot, that I really decided to give Kara another chance to grab me, and I’m glad I did.  Michael Green and Mike Johnson are not telling a complicated story, but they are telling it well.

Still uncertain as to how she got to Earth or what happened to Krypton, Supergirl has rejected Superman and seeks to find a way back home.  Unfortunately, the pod she crashed in has been removed from the site of her landing, and grabbed up by a reclusive trillionaire named Simon Tycho.  However, upon flying to his space station, she discovers that Tycho may not have her best interests at heart.

Kara’s personality is still forming, but Green and Johnson are doing a solid job of introducing us to a capable, confident heroine during a time of extreme duress. This Supergirl is no petulant teen princess; no, Kara is a responsible young woman in an impossible situation, one who refuses to give up on her home world until she knows for sure it’s gone.  Unfortunately, most of Kara’s personality thus far has been wrapped up in her quest to return home, so Green and Johnson have given little suggestion as to what the month-to-month reality of the book will be like.

Still, I’d be lying if I said that the writing was my number one reason for enjoying the book.  No, Mahmud Asrar, Bill Reinhold and colorist Paul Mounts play a huge part in making this one of the most delightfully readable books of the New 52.  Their crisp, clean lines go well with the slightly faded colors the book uses, and Asrar and Reinhold display a great deal of competence both at crafting an exciting, easy-to-follow action sequence and at giving their characters distinct physical features, body language and recognizable facial expressions.

There’s nothing complex about Supergirl, at least not so far.  But, anyone who enjoys a fun action book with an engaging lead character should at least give it a shot.  Right now, the book’s biggest problem is its pace: three issues in, and it feels like only thirty minutes have passed since the book’s opening pages.  The decompressed storytelling may frustrate some readers, but those who don’t mind a slow-moving narrative should find an enjoyable adventure.

Cal C.

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13 thoughts on “Review: Supergirl #3

    • Not yet, at least. It could be coming, but yeah, if it did exist, Superman could have taken her there and shown her whatever the data he has on Krypton’s death. (Though he didn’t exactly have a lot of time with her, so I’m not writing the possibility off)

      • Well, issue 2 he got her to listen to follow him. He could easily have just brought her to the Fortress. Or when she said he had no proof of any of it before she took off, he could of said he had data files or something and at least try to show her. It would be interesting if he didn’t have one though, a lack of a giant place to hide away in could actually make him more relatable.

      • C’mon – everyone has a fortress of solitude! For most of us, it isn’t as big, but it’s still filled with all the stuff we love.

      • I think a lot of people’s “fortress of solitude” though is their apartment, or their bedroom (in said apartment), or their bathroom (in said apartment)…

  1. I swear there was a reference somewhere (maybe last week) to a Fortress. : \

    Am I crazy or did the artwork in this issue look different to the previous two editions?

    • Doesn’t this review state that there was a new listing for artist? I didn’t notice anything, but I didn’t look at the names of who did what, or really compare it much to the previous issues as I read it late night after finishing an assignment.

      As for the fortress, not that I can recall at least. If you find it/recall it (and aren’t just delusional), let me know!

      • Found it. In Superman #2, in a narration box, Supes says “You would think that, after everything General Lane had said, I’d just go back to my place as Clark, or sequester myself in the fortress.”

        No delusions. 🙂

      • So we go to one of two things. One being different writers on different pages if he still has his fortress. The other being if he has the fortress, why not just bring Supergirl there to show her some of his info on Krypton?

    • Bill Reinhold was credited as an artist (in addition to Mahmud Asrar), and I do not believe this was the case in the first two issues. Not positive on that fact, though, as I don’t have any of the issues in front of me right this second.

      DC has proved really dedicated (except with Justice League) to making sure the books release on time. It’s interesting, though – fans still complain, now about the fill-in artists rather than delays. Morrison recently went on a brief rant on the topic a month or two back.

      • After the first issue, they tossed it back to mid-month (so there was about 1.5 month from first to second), but after that didn’t the third issue get released the same week as the second issue did?

  2. Jim Lee tweeted that JL was always supposed to be week three, with the exception of #1. The release schedule (for ongoing comics) for every week except week three in the first month was 13 – the third week there were only 12. JL #1 was outside that release schedule (if #2 was published a month after #1, then it would have been a week four book). So it actually makes sense that JL is a week three book, otherwise week three would have 12 books, the week of JL would have 14 and the other two would have 13.

    That’s a long-winded way of saying I don’t think it’s been delayed.

    Interestingly, Red Lanterns and Batgirl switched positions in the schedule in month two.

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