“Reign of the Cyborg Supermen” – Part One
Writer: Steve Orlando
Penciller: Brian Ching
Inker: Ray McCarthy
Cover: Brian Ching
When you’re young, it ain’t easy being the new kid on the block. It’s gotta be even harder when you’re the new kid on the planet, and freaking Superman is yout cousin.
But that’s just one of the many things writer Steve Orlando and artist Brian Ching are exploring in the new Supergirl monthly from DC Comics. Now that the Supergirl Rebirth issue is out of the way, Steve Orlando is free to tell his story of the Girl of Steel, something he achieves by focusing on excellent character development.
Whether you’re a fan of the Supergirl tv series, or just a fan of the comics. Heck, even if you haven’t read the comics in a while, Supergirl #1 is easy to follow, and all readers will have a clear understanding of who the character is within the first few pages.
Orlando’s script captures both Kara’s youthful exuberance and isolated loneliness.This Kara is a real teen with problems, she just happen to be a teen with superpowers. There are many moments throughout the issue that reminded me of the tv show, and that made it even more fun to read.
Supergirl #1 has a bunch of fun moments as well, like when we see Kara forced to dumb herself down in order to fit in better with her classmates. Then we get a look at her “home life”, as the trio of Danvers’ –two of which are DEO agents assigned to her as guardians. But the funniest moment might be Kara enduring a driver’s ed class.
And I can’t forget to mention artist Brian Ching, whose wide-eyed features and angular design prove an excellent visual fit for the book. His style reminds me a little of Pop Mhan’s work.
In this issue Ching shows a great eye for balance, easily making Kara’s normal life stand out from the more Super moments. But perhaps my favorite aspect of Ching’s art is that he always draws Supergirl smiling. In this day and age of comics, it’s nice to see a superhero actually being happy to be a superhero.
Supergirl is a character that’s had many reboots and series, and there were a few highlights here and there. But maybe Supergirl was just waiting for the right creative team to take her to new heights. And I think Steve Orlando and Brian Ching may be it. if this first issue is any indication, Orlando and Ching will give us story I can’t wait to read more of.