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Supergirl #2

Reunion

Written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson

Pencils by Mahmud Asar

Inks by Dan Green

Review by Bobby Shortle

If you had told me before the DC New 52 that I’d be eagerly awaiting the release of  a Supergirl book I would have called you crazier than Mister Mxyzptlk. Boy what a difference a month makes! I was chomping at the bit to crack open Supergirl #2 and yet I took pause at the cover. Was issue one’s success in my eyes due in large part to lowered expectations? Would this new book disappoint me because I now expected it to be great? The sweat began to bead on my brow as beheld page one. I’m now happy to say that my worries proved to be unfounded because Supergirl #2 is an entertaining if not slightly repetitive ride form start to finish.

I am always fascinated by books that present characters that are stronger than Superman and in these pages Kara Zor-El kicks his ass from sky to stone.  It is the full brunt of her rage against all of Clark Kent’s understanding and love.  The brawl is dazzling yet in the final moments of the book the fighting screeches to a halt. In its place we see Kara’s empathy and pathos and the beginnings of the hero Supergirl will become. Mahmud Asrar’s art deserves to be lauded by someone who knows illustration theory but I can say that it’s painterly beauty is almost as interesting as the character it depicts. My only nitpick is that, although superb, the tussle between the two heroes feels like a rehash of moments in the last moth’s issue.  I hope going forward that some of the whiz bang is left behind for more complicated character work.

VERDICT

Buy It- Titanic clash between two super humans is always fun but a sense of discovery for Kara and hints of  the larger story are great hooks for future installments.

 

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