Review: Adventures of Supergirl Chapter 1

ADVOSG_01_D_SFCover-FNLBetter late than never, DC Comics kicks off a new digital first series Adventures of Supergirl which takes place in the same universe as CBS‘ hit show Supergirl. Written by Sterling Gates with art by Bengal and a cover by Cat Staggs, the new all ages series follows Kara Zor-El, Supergirl, “the Girl of Steel.”

When an escaped prisoner from Fort Rozz interrupts a football game, Supergirl is on the scene to take her down. But Rampage is mad about more important things than a sporting event-and no pesky superhero can stop her quest for revenge!

The comic is an interesting start. It’s audience I’d guess is primarily folks who are already fans of the television series, but Gates recaps Kara’s origin for those that are new. It feels like an intro chapter, and it makes the comic friendly for fans of the television show, and those who have never seen it.

The story itself has Supergirl fighting Rampage, and there’s that transition to the origin, but it’s done in a smooth way. What’s really solid is the comic adds a bit of depth you might not otherwise get in a television show. Gates uses thought bubbles/voice overs to give us a better idea of what’s going on in Supergirl’s head and some of her core beliefs and experiences that have shaped her.

Bengal’s art is decent, though doesn’t quite blow me away. There’s some fun design and action, but some of the characters are a bit inconsistent with their look. Still, the style is very friendly to new readers, which if DC is smart, they’ll aim this comic at through ads to those interested in the television show.

I do really like the cover by Cat Staggs which captures the aesthetic of the television series and has a joyful look for the heroine. It captures the joy she has to feel while flying.

At only $0.99 the comic is short but a nice addition for fans of the television series. It may be read better as print issues, and my reading as a PDF might not have been optimal, so your experience with it as a digital comic may be different than mine. Still, as a fan of the television series I was surprised to find it adds to the character and was enough that I might have found the first digital first series I’ll make sure to read.

Story: Sterling Gates Art: Bengal Cover: Cat Staggs
Story: 7.4 Art: 7.2 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review