“…This time I will do better.”
Hello, hello, this is D.C. here to throw down on one of DC’s Rebirth titles I bought on a chance:
I admit, I thought this cover of Supergirl: Rebirth was pretty silly and out of character, but I digress…
A Foreword Complaint…
I have given many books in DC’s Rebirth line a shot, and my honest opinion…I’ve not been very impressed. I know the vocal crowd has been more than pleased with DC’s backtracking to fix its “mistakes” with the New 52, but I like progression in my fiction:
- I’m not excited at all that Dick Grayson is Nightwing. Again. I actually preferred he’d stayed as Batman.
- I’m not charmed by the cheesiness of the Titans and their not-so-new lineup, fighting old villains. AGAIN.
- I wasn’t pleased to see the first arc of Action Comics be a destructive and desperate battle between old Superman and Doomsday. AGAIN. Lex Luthor, even though I dislike him, was treated as more like a bystander than the main character he was supposed to be.
- I did not need Green Arrow and Black Canary to be in any sort of relationship, nor his liberalism being beat to death. AGAIN.
- The Flash? Don’t even get me started on the lackluster pacing and uninteresting first arc.
- The art alone kept me from finishing both Batgirl and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey.
- I love the Justice League as a team, but the book just isn’t doing it for me at the moment. I feel it lacks excitement.
- I was so very excited for Green Lanterns, but Sam Humphries’ pacing, lack of character development, and nonsense millennial writing with Jessica Cruz has soured the experience for me already. Jessica would rather play with her POKEMON than fight the Red Lanterns? Seriously?
- I am most livid that Rebirth, which DC claims is still the New 52 continuity, has somehow forced the Wildstorm and Vertigo characters into limbo. It’s more apparent that DC is pushing more of the old stuff and ignoring the newer stuff, rather than simply incorporating the old elements. I don’t care that ONE miniseries is coming; Apollo and Midnighter aren’t the whole of Wildstorm. Same goes for Constantine and Vertigo.
I have enjoyed Batman and Detective Comics, both of which introduced new concepts and characters. Surprisingly, I’ve enjoyed Aquaman the most thus far.
My point is…I know that the two-party debate between Marvel and DC is classic for comic nerds. Fans will always praise one and damn the other. People are happy that DC is going “back to basics,” but I’m not one of them. I don’t believe going backwards equates to good story-telling. It’s a bit soon to say how Rebirth will go, but it’s really not off to a good start for me at all. I am hoping for better.
On the other hand, I felt better about buying Supergirl: Rebirth.
I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed Supergirl. I hadn’t read much of New 52 Supergirl, but I hoped to get enough information to understand what was going to happen into Rebirth. How the heck did Kara Zor-El get wrapped up in the Department of Extranormal Operations? How was she going to get her powers back? What will this series be going forward?
Well, much of that was addressed in this issue quite succinctly by Steve Orlando. The manner in which Supergirl regained her powers was pretty believable, though I wish a more detailed explanation were given. Still, Supergirl comes back, strong and confident.
(In light of the DEO having a regeneration matrix…If the DEO could have one, this kind of goes against the Superman: Rebirth. I recall issue stating that the matrix didn’t exist in the New 52/Rebirth universe. Pre-Flashpoint Superman easily could’ve made one, since he was able to make his own Fortress of Solitude…Kinda makes you wonder about the consistency…)
Orlando portrayed Supergirl well in my eyes. What’s most important to me is that this was Supergirl, not “a female version of Superman.” She was shown as a strong and courageous, yet hardened, woman. She was compassionate and dynamic during her brief tussle with Lar-On. I enjoyed Orlando’s presentation of Kara.
Emanuela Lupacchino’s art was pretty good. Hers is certainly the best art from all the women artists I’ve viewed up to this point, and I love the strength she add gives to Supergirl to supplement Orlando’s script.
Supergirl: Rebirth gives me some optimism. I enjoyed this short story by Steve Orlando. He did a good job laying down the foundation for the series going forward: Supergirl, DEO agent and high schooler.
There are some things I hope for in the Supergirl series:
- It should tie in to the events that caused Rebirth in the first place. If Supergirl is going to be an agent of the DEO , then I expect to see her, Cameron Chase and the DEO converge somewhere with Batman’s, the Flash’s, and the Titans’ investigations.
- The difficulty Supergirl will have reconciling her Kryptonian upbringing with both human and American culture. That’ll be even more interesting to her overall development.
- Cameron Chase is such a b****, so I want to see more of the dynamic between her and Supergirl.
- Of course, further meetups with the pre-Flashpoint Superman and his family. What can that Superman bring to her that the New 52 version couldn’t?
If Orlando can address these all in authentic fashion (including building up on that ominous ending with the Cyborg Superman), I think this book will go very well.