Supergirl #1

November 6, 2011 10:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I’ve never had any desire to read Supergirl comics. I just haven’t been interested. I’ve never even been all that interested in Superman comics either, nor Superboy. Well, add yet another item to the list of pleasant surprises in the New 52, because I really enjoyed this book.

This is a complete reset of Supergirl. She’s disoriented, she thinks she’s still on Krypton,  she doesn’t even speak English (or Russian) yet, and she doesn’t realize she has super powers. This is Supergirl almost literally “right off the boat”.

Since I know so little about the character, it doesn’t bother me that her long history has been expunged. Much of what made Supergirl interesting in the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse movie seems to be here again: the superpowered-fish-out-of-water elements, and the inevitable culture clashes. In fact, the brief glimpses of Kryptonian culture and the potential for further exploration of that culture are what really interest me.

I really like the new Supergirl costume too. It’s now an actual uniform (for what purpose, I’m sure we’ll find out eventually) instead of just a costume she put together to mimic her well-known cousin. (And are they even cousins in this?)

It’s also interesting that she mentions Zod briefly. Contrary to what we’ve seen in the movies and on Smallville, Zod was never more than a very minor character in the comics. Since he’s going to be the villain again in the upcoming “Man of Steel” movie, it seems likely that DC is going to try to build him up into a major adversary.

Verdict: Didn’t expect to like this as much as I did.

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