COMIC REVIEW: Supergirl #10

One of the comics of the New DC 52 that I wasn’t expecting to like, let alone still be reading 10 issues down the line, is Supergirl. If you take a look at the name you instantly think female Superman knockoff and in the past I would always have walked past the title and never batted an eye.

However with the reboot of the title and the total reintroduction of the character, I have found Kara, the main character, to be rather compelling. Especially in the opening arc where she wakes up on Earth and feels completely lost, confused, and alone.

This book has a lot of potential with its “girl from another world” approach (which admittedly is nothing new for the character in previous incarnations). The New 52 Supergirl series is filled with promise that it’s a shame when the book slips and misses the mark. This issue is one of them.

In Supergirl #10 we get the conclusion of a three part story where Kara meets a local metahuman that “has the gift of the gab” and can understand Kryptonian. Unfortunately that girl, Siobhan, is cursed and in the previous issue Kara is absorbed by the monstrous incarnation of the curse, Siobhan’s father. Trapped in a mixture of memory and nightmare we get an insight into Kara’s family life, in particular her relationship with her mother, and a slice of Kryptonian life before she realises it isn’t real and fights back.

The unfortunate part is that the story of this issue feels so distinctly average that it isn’t remotely memorable or original, and this is a shame as the writing duo, Michael Green and Mike Johnson, have previously shown that they are capable of penning a decent story and competent characterisation in earlier instalments. It is a shame to be left with what essentially feels like filler for three issues, where something happens but is stretched out for three months when it could have been done in a single issue.

It is fortunate that this comic is gifted with Mahmud Asrar, an artist that does such a splendid job pencilling the title that when iconic artist and Supergirl veteran George Perez filled in a few issues ago the book felt worse off. Asrar’s facial expressions and body language perfectly fit the more personal drama whilst at the same time he delivers some incredible looking action that gives a lot of the artists in superhero comics a run for their money. This guy is a real talent and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this guy on the bigger books in a few years time.

All in all, an OK issue that would have rated far less if it weren’t for a stunning artist keeping Supergirl from drowning in mediocrity.

Rating: 3/5
Reporter: Dean Simons

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