Supergirl Special #1
Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by Skylar Patridge
Colors by Marissa Louise
Letters Becca Carey
The Rundown: Supergirl reflects on her life on Krypton as she struggles to deal with her place among the Super Family.
The tale opens with the Super Family battling an enemy, and quickly turns to Supergirl’s inner thoughts regarding the arrival of Power Girl and the similarity between the two. Afterwards, when family members ask Kara about her experience on Krypton, she has an epiphany. Later, Supergirl has a bad experience during a rescue mission that triggers an unhappy memory. Finally, a conversation with Lois and later Power Girl leads Kara to a revelation.
The Story: Tamaki does an excellent job of describing Kara’s mindset in the introductory issue of this series. I was impressed with the emotional quality of this piece. Kara’s interactions with the Super Family are done in a manner that is very relatable, just as her self-reflection feels familiar and personal. Overall, I thought this was a great story opener, and I look forward to future episodes.
The Art: This colorful issue features a bright palette and traditional comic illustrations. The focus on character expression and form does much to create an emotional connection with the readers.