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Review: The Adventures of Supergirl Chapter 3

adventures of supergirl chapter 3Rampage is about to take her revenge on Kara Danvers-but can Supergirl count on her sister to save the day? The first story arc wraps up with Supergirl captured by Rampage and her sister missing!

The issue is an interesting ending to the story and really frames the first three chapters in a fantastic way with Kara reflecting on how she’s similar and also differs with Rampage.

A lot of the issue focuses on Rampage’s origin and does that without breaking stride of the plot in the present. It’s actually a really solid way to wrap up the issue in that it really shifts the point of the first arc away from just taking on some alien, and instead using that to discuss Kara/Supergirl’s history and origin. Writer Sterling Gates has done an excellent job of giving us much more than a capture an alien/punch the bad guy story, and that becomes very apparent here.

Artist Bengal has really improved with each chapter and is hitting his stride here. There’s a lot I like, and some of my gripes from the first chapter have gone away over the second and this one. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here as he gets a better feel for it all.

Each chapter is good, but the story as a whole is stronger when read together. That’s where the big picture becomes apparent and a simple story of capturing an alien becomes so much more.

Story: Sterling Gates Art: Bengal
Story: 8 Art: 7.6 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Adventures of Supergirl Chapter 2

adventures of supergirl #2 coverSupergirl is desperate to save her sister Alex from certain disaster, but can she stop a helicopter from falling out of the sky while ALSO protecting the humans endangered by an alien the DEO calls Rampage?

I thought the first chapter of this new digital series based on the television show was entertaining, but it’s Adventures of Supergirl Chapter 2 where things really begin to take off.

Continuing from the previous issue, Supergirl and the DEO are still dealing with Rampage, but first Supergirl must stop a crashing helicopter. Through the action Gates adds tons of depth to the character mixing in some “alien” humor to which just adds to the Supergirl character.

Sterling Gates‘ use of voice over is fantastic in it gives us a great idea as to what’s going on in Supergirl’s head, what she’s thinking. It’s a touch that really adds a lot to the story and the character as it makes clear how she thinks, what she’s planning, and the issues she’s facing. It both overcomes limits of a television series as well as the limits of a comic. Where in the television series it might be clearer she’s struggling, the voice over makes it clear she is. At the same time, what she’s thinking in her struggle adds a lot to the character itself and gives more of an idea about her alien nature.

Bengal too is improved in the second chapter. His art was good in the first one, but a bit inconsistent. In this second one, the characters are much more consistent and he’s developing a style and look for the comic that feels very distinct. There’s some pages and panels I really dug and it’ll be interesting to see as the series progresses how his style will get more settled.

For $0.99 the comic is worth it for fans of the Supergirl television show. Though short, it adds a bunch to the character and continues the fun positive messaging of its small screen counterpart. The first chapter was a good start, bit it’s here where it’s starting to fly.

Story: Sterling Gates Art: Bengal
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.6 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

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Captain America Steve RogersIt’s new comic book day! Some stores in the East Coast snowfall may have delays with their books, so be patient and also check in with shops to make sure they’re good to go before you make your trip.

What is everyone excited to get this week?

While you wait for shops to open, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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ICv2 – $75,000 in ‘Magic’ Cards Stolen – Sad to see this. Anyone with information, please contact the police.

CBR – The Mission: Two Captain Americas and the Battle for Profit by Design – As always a great read.

Panels – Captain Marvel #1 and Alpha Flight – Did Alpha Flight get a promotion?

Loser City – I Liked the Lettering: Reviewing Lucifer #1 – An interesting discussion.

Loser City – Beautiful Grotesquery: Embracing the Ugly in Ted McKeever’s Pencil Head – A nice read about what can work and why.

 

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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