Continuing on from her triumphant return in Supergirl Rebirth the Last Daughter of Krypton debuts the first issue of her own ongoing series. This is a story of contrasts as writer Steve Orlando switches back and forth between life as Supergirl, life as her alter ego Kara Danvers and flashbacks to her childhood on Krypton.
This may sound potentially overwhelming but Orlando pulls it off with some deft switches of time and location meaning the reader never feels lost. Kara is trying to adjust to life on Earth but it’s not easy being a school student when the technology is archaic compared to what she is used to. Add into this a first meeting with media mogul Cat Grant (whose dialogue sounds just like it would be delivered by Calista Flockhart on television), the DEO trying to regulate her life and Supergirl has it pretty tough.
This issue sees a new artist on board, Brian Ching’s art style is certainly unique. He paints Supergirl in a wide eyed and clearly Manga influenced way. This gives her a doe eyed and innocent quality which is a bit too childish to get across the gravity of the storyline. No other character has this look which means it stands out for all the wrong reasons and can be a distraction from the drama. Emanuela Luppacchino set a very high standard in the Rebirth issue and Ching is going to have to up his game considerably to reach her levels of excellence.
A mixed bag of an issue then with a great story full of interesting characters which is hindered by an inconsistent and not entirely satisfying artistic style.
Supergirl by DC Comics is an American comic so residents of other countries check your specialist comic shop or go online to purchase
Variant cover by artist Christopher Mitten
After last months misfire regular readers of this site will be pleased to hear this month comic from BOOM Studios is back on track. After the delay tactics of the previous issue we finally get to see what happens to our heroes. The Command Center is in ruins, Alpha 5 is on the scrapheap and Zordon is nowhere to be seen.
To be frank what happens to them next isn’t good. The Rangers take a pounding from a new enemy who can seemingly strip their powers away. Peeling their costumes back with some sort of energy wave from its body all seems helpless. If this was an episode of the television series about now would be where someone leaps in to save the day. But writer Kyle Higgins isn’t letting you off that easily.
The Power Rangers never surrender
The writer and his artists really get across the intensity of the action and it can be shocking to see the Rangers in so much trouble. And action is the order of the day in this issue with a battle that rages over several pages. The aforementioned intensity means you won’t get bored though, in fact your first reading will be at a very fast pace as you eagerly turn the page to see what happens next.
Be sure to go back and re-read again several times though so you can fully appreciate the incredible artwork from returning series regular Hendry Prasetya.
The action scenes are incredibly well depicted
With another cliffhanger ending the next issue can’t come soon enough. The Power Rangers comic has it’s groove back and has taken it’s already outstanding quality up yet another notch.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by BOOM Studios is an American comic so residents of other countries check your specialist comic shop or go online to purchase