DC Comic reviews for 4/12/17

Supergirl #8

Supergirl #8 cover

Serving as an epilogue of sorts for Superman Reborn, Supergirl gets a visit from her favorite cousin to celebrate a Kryptonian tradition. It’s always fun to see the two interact and writer Steve Orlando captures that dynamic well even in just the little nuances like the two giving language lessons on English and Kryptonian.

Whether they’re eating lunch at a food truck, battling Emerald Empress or hanging out with Lois and Jon, the Supergirl/Superman scenes make this an enjoyable read. The issue already has me awaiting the first Supergirl and Superboy team-up.

Supergirl #8 interior art

It was nice to see the editors and writers on the same page as Orlando briefly recaps Superman Reborn before tying that in to Supergirl. Superman knows something isn’t right and wants his cousin on alert when he needs help.

For non-regular readers picking this up for the Superman appearance, Matias Bergara’s art style might be jarring. That’s doubly so for those expecting to see more classical work like Emanuela Lupacchino’s cover. Bergara’s Supergirl has large, anime-like eyes and a wiry physique. All the characters sport somewhat exaggerated bodies and facial expressions making Bergara’s art more of an acquired taste.  Michael Ativeh’s colors are fittingly bright and there’s some impressive work throughout.

Superman might be the main guest attraction this issue, but he’s not the only hero making an appearance. Batgirl is keeping a watchful eye on Supergirl, which leads to next issue’s Batgirl vs. Supergirl. If it was as entertaining as this issue, Supergirl might see an uptick in readership.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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