Supergirl: Rebirth #1
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy and Michael Atiyeh
Similar to Wonder Woman, Supergirl’s history is filled with different origins, reboots, and new continuities. It’s impossible for me to say which Supergirl is the definitive version of the character.
I haven’t read a Supergirl comic full-time since the Jeph Loeb/Ian Churchill run from about a decade ago. But my interest in Supergirl returned last fall with the live action CBS series. With the show in mind, I decided to pick up Supergirl: Rebirth #1 last week.
The Supergirl: Rebirth issue takes a similar approach to the tv show, capturing something that is familiar while giving itself room to carve out its own identity. Writer Steve Orlando doesn’t waste any time in this issue, shooting Kara into the sun to restore her powers. Orlando even has a prelude story of one of the criminals Kara’s father Zor-El quarantined to the Phantom Zone. Meanwhile on earth, the D.E.O. is tracking down some baddies while Supergirl is away.
Within just a few pages, Steve Orlando introduced us to the book’s supporting cast, its setting, and given a sense of where the new Supergirl series is going in the months ahead.
The art team of Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy and Michael Atiyeh were the perfect choices for this issue. Their art reminded me of Gary Frank and a little of Adam Hughes. The art team really shines when it comes to the action scenes, like when Supergirl is hurtling towards the sun, and when she speeds out of it.
Best of all is the costume design on Supergirl. The art team didn’t mess around with the classic version of the costume, they just gave it a more stylized “S” symbol. My wifey thought tye were going for the tv show look, and I agree.
By the end of this issue, Kara has a new civilian identity and a setup that will allow fans of the TV show an easy entry point into the comics. Furthermore, Supergirl: Rebirth #1 captured the spirit of the tv show and the legacy of the character, which is more than I could have asked for ask from any issue, let alone a #1 issue. DC’s Supergirl: Rebirth #1 is definitely worth a look.