What is up with those boots?
JD reviews the Krytontastical SUPERGIRL 0!

Title: Supergirl 0
Writers: Michael Green & Mike Johnson
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Published by DC Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

In WHAT universe is Supergirl a more consistently fun and interesting read then Superman?? Oh right. This new one. To start, I should admit to a disturbing lack of knowledge regarding past incarnations of Kal-El’s cousin. There was one that died in the Crisis, with the Olivia Newton John headband, there was the one who was somehow something called The Matrix, which looked a lot like Clayface. There was the one that just showed up a couple years ago and sided with Darkseid for a little bit in the Superman/Batman series. Oh and let’s not forget Powergirl, her Earth 2 counterpart. Supergirl always seemed to me to be one of those characters that I didn’t really have a handle on, like Hawkman, or Jesus. I’ve recently had a chance to catch up on this new series and despite a mild hiccup here and there, I’ve really enjoyed it! I LIKE that she didn’t show up on Earth and immediately know English. I like that, due to cultural and language barriers (not to mention her teenage hormones) she keeps lashing out, unnecessarily.  And sweet sassy molassy, I like the ART. Mahmud Asrar is a name I didn’t know before Supergirl, but you can bet I’ll be keeping an eye out for years to come.

This issue, interestingly enough, focuses our attention not on Kara Zor-El, but on her father. On the outs with Superman’s pappy Jor-El, he too knows that Krypton is not long for the universe and seeks only to send off his only daughter. There are references to the Kryponian ban on cloning which harkens to Superboy 0 and all the shenanigans from that issue, and…well hell, Superboy even shows up in this issue! I’m not sure if this is a storyline that is being revisited, since I’m an issue behind on Supergirl and several behind on Superboy, or if this is a look at an upcoming story, but I’m definitely interested in finding out. We also get a glimpse at how Argo city was saved from decimation. But what is most intriguing about this story is the relationship between Kara’s parents. I’d always seen Kal-El’s parents saying goodbye to him together, resigned to their fate, comforted by the knowledge that their son would hopefully be safe. Interesting, then, that Alura is kept out of the loop on what Zor is planning until it’s too late. Did he think that she would want their only daughter to suffer the same fate they have in store? Is it just selfishness on her part, or something else? Strange.

I don’t generally enjoy stories about Krypton, but this tale grabbed me. There was enough mystery to keep it interesting, but nowhere near impenetrable for new readers. A great start.

Speaking of great, once again Asrar drew the boogins out of this book. I can taste a hint of Stuart Immonen, but not enough to be detrimental. The linework is clean, Krypton feels otherworldly and regal…and the best part: Supergirl herself. He draws her with an appropriate eye towards dimensions and he gives her eyes a sense of youthful wonder that is just a joy to behold. Her body language speaks volumes and every emotion is on display. Just beautiful work!

This series has been a bit of a surprise for me, but it just keeps chugging along, and I hope it has a lot more miles under it’s cape.

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6 Comments to “What is up with those boots?
JD reviews the Krytontastical SUPERGIRL 0!”

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  1. Pink Apocalypse says:

    Ya can’t talk me into liking something, JD. I’ll already told you I *want* to like it. But her one-note characterization aside, it became too directionless for me to care.

    Anyway, I’m hijacking this post to OMG SPIDER-MEN SOSOSOSOS TEH AWESUMZ!!!11!!!1

    What was he going to say before he zapped away!?! What did he see on his computer screen after the ‘Miles’ Websearch?!? What was it?! WHAT!?!? I HATE SUSPENSE CLIFFHANGERS WITH NO RESOLUTION SO MUCH!!! QUESTION MARKS DON’T BELONG AFTER ‘THE END’!! YELLING! EXCLAMATION MARKS!!

    Imagine Spidey having a well-paired, likable partner like Miles. Instead we got the complete, off-putting ‘Alpha’ tool. At least we got something shiny and wonderful for 5 issues.

    And Ultimate Spider-Man was just super-ultra-neato also! Premature thwipulations! Squeeking butts dragged by helicopters across giant bay windows! Shampow! Yahtzee!! Sacagawea!!

    Most. Perfect. Comics. Ever!

  2. jaydee says:

    sorry, i just couldn’t help posting something curt and emotionless to counter your geekgasm. :)

    ZOMGLOLROFLCOPTER I KNOWZ RIGHTZ? Seriously, it’s very rare that I read a series and go “that needs to be longer!!!” usually they go on too long or i’m like…that was a good length. But this series could have been 12 issues and I think I still would have wanted more…

    I read it in the shop while doing subscription pulls and I slammed it shut and went “OH COME ON! What was he going to say?!? What was on the screen?!?! WHAAAAAARGGHGHGHGGHHG”

    or something to that effect. SOSOSOSOSO Good.

  3. Pink Apocalypse says:

    Oh, I don’t listen to people if they say ‘it needs to be longer’. Sometimes they’ll be so long it’s just a painful experience to get through, and there’s no fun in that. If I have just a few fond memories lying back on the couch and enjoying it, that’s good enough for me.

    You’re right, it’s a good length. Don’t ever let anyone tell you different.

  4. jaydee says:

    PENIS JOKE!

    ahem.

    That IS the way to do it though, keep people wanting more.It’s the difference between Secret Invasion and Siege…SI: too long. Siege: perfect!

  5. Pink Apocalypse says:

    Seriously, if I see something marked as as mini-series, I’m twice as likely to pick it up.

    It’s the same reason I picked up all the misc Spidey .1s and such. I just want a whole, contained story. It can be a single issue, 2 or 3, maybe a 4 to 6 issue mini *if there’s NO decompresson or padding at all*. If I like the creators and characters well enough, I will buy another complete, contained story. Endless, directionless meandering, decompression, and padding seriously put me off.

    It’s probably because I grew up reading old silver age stuff, and buying copper.

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