[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artists: Brian Ching & Michael Atiyeh
Supergirl tries to adjust to her new life as Kara Danvers.
I like the style of the cover by Brian Ching and Michael Atiyeh. It’s well drawn and very stylized. There’s an element of the story that’s on the cover as well which is a nice touch.
I really like Ching and Atiyeh’s work in the book. Ching does the art while Atiyeh does the colors. They have a very unique style that makes the book stand out. Ching is particularly great at facial expressions. Kara’s emotions shine through in this book thanks to that. Atiyeh’s colors are cool, too. There’s a nice contrast between Earth and Krypton that works well.
My favorite thing about the issue is how it contrasts Earth and Krypton beyond just the color. On Krypton, Kara was brilliant, athletic and well-liked. Because culture on Earth is so primitive compared to Krypton, Kara has hard time understanding a lot of their technology and science. It’s too archaic. It really paints the idea of Kara not belonging well.
I like how much Jeremiah and Eliza are trying to impress Kara and make her feel at home. It doesn’t seem like just a mission to them. They genuinely want to help her and that’s nice.
Supergirl does what she does and stops a robbery. And Director Chase of the D.E.O. gets mad at her for it. According to Chase, Supergirl can only act when she says it’s okay. And I immediately hate Chase. Kara saved lives and no one was hurt. There is literally nothing to be angry about. I’m hoping Chase turns out to be a villain so that I know I’m supposed to hate her.
While I like the style of the cover, it’s a little too cluttered for my taste. I think something simpler would have been more effective.
Overall, this is an okay issue. I like the struggle of Kara’s life and her attempt to fit into Earth. It’s a nice continuation of her story in the New 52. And the art is really cool. However, Director Chase and Cat Grant really irritated me and took the book down a few points in my mind.