Supergirl #1
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Supergirl #1

Writer: Michael Green, Mike Johnson Artist: Muhmud Asrar Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 21, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 9
7.6Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Meet Supergirl. She's got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman and none of his affection for the people of Earth. So don't piss her off!

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 22, 2011

    Mahmud Asrar does a lovely job this issue, and the costume redesign is both regal and attractive, while the writing makes the character seem like one I want to read about, and doesn't make her too tough, too old, too slutty or too young. It's a nice balance of character, with some action, a little mystery, and a nice teaser at the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Sep 26, 2011

    When all I can gripe about in a comic is the costumes, that should give you a pretty good understanding of how I felt about it. Michael Green and Mike Johnson did a wonderful job of telling the old, “stranger in a strange land” story here. These rebooted DC comics have been really hit or miss for me, but I'm happy to say that this series is one of the biggest hits for me yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Boisson Sep 25, 2011

    Now, there have been a few minor changes to Supergirl and her mythos. When Supergirl was introduced back into the DC Universe -- with Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner's story, ″Supergirl″, in Superman/Batman -- in 2004, she was a naked teenage girl whose ship landed in Gotham Bay and was found by Batman. After training with Wonder Woman and the Amazons, and being kidnapped briefly by Darkseid, she dons a Super-skirt and a bare-midriff and becomes Supergirl. That is a brash over-generalization for such a great six-issue arc, but I'm here to talk about the new Supergirl. In this new origin tale, after a meteor shower lands in (or near) Smallville, Kansas, the largest meteor pierces through the earth and ends up in Siberia. From the crash site emerges our new Supergirl, already fully in costume! [That's how you do it, Ultimate Spider-Man!] She has no idea where she is, how she got there nor the fate of her home planet, Krypton. And when she is met by a group of BattleMechs (?!), w Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 26, 2011

    I'm interested enough in the story to be back next issue, but here's hoping for a little less destruction and more explaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 25, 2011

    A very strong, poignant introduction to the character, one that already sets her apart from her iconic predecessor, and well-balanced between emotion and action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 23, 2011

    A tease of the “Kansas Incident” is mentioned and we discover what Kara's outfit represents on Krypton. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Sep 22, 2011

    For anyone who likes Supergirl or is interested in Supergirl, this first issue is a great introduction and a good piece of art. Unfortunately, with such a complex character and situation, we need more to really get behind it. It will probably be a good 6 issues before we really get a feel for how the series will be but if the angsty realism on display here is a strong indication…it will be worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 23, 2011

    It's an engaging first issue, and probably the cleanest, leanest story of the New 52. I'm not certain if this will be the definitive Supergirl comic, but it's off to a great start all the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - T. A. Ewart Sep 22, 2011

    I love Superman so much, that if you put the word “Super” on a comic book, I'd read it, if not buy it. That being said, Supergirl I actually like as a character regardless of her obvious connection. This issue just didn't hold up for me. It's much too short of a read to justify the cost, and feels as bad as those empty calories you were warned about as a youth. As a premiere issue of a new series, it's very flat, and I can't help but recall Jeph Loeb's reintroduction of Kara Zor-El in Superman/Batman #8. Check that issue out if you've more than three minutes to spare. Loeb's issue seems like a literary work compared to Green's 5 paragraph essay. I'll be back next issue, but you may want to wait for the trade on this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 22, 2011

    And as I thought all along, Mahmud Asrar's work is very good here. It is rougher in some places that I thought it would be but it works in giving the action scenes a kinetic feel. I do wish that the lower portion of the costume gets some minor revamping. It can be as subtle as when Jamal Igle lengthened the skirt and belly shirt. I put a poll up to see what grade you all give the issue. Here is mine. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 21, 2011

    "Supergirl" #1 is a solid debut, but I'm curious on where it'll go from here. If it's more of the first half than the second half, I'm sold; sure, punching is good, but telling a story of loneliness and adaptation seems like a much more interesting tactic. For now, though, it's a good enough beginning to stick around for a second issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Sep 24, 2011

    This first issue is okay, but its definitely got the potential to elevate as the opening story arc continues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Sep 21, 2011

    While the new premise of Supergirl is thoroughly enjoyable, the book needs to tighten up its art team and offer something beyond adequate to propel this book into the upper tier of DC's new titles. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 26, 2011

    Of course, what we do find here doesn't exactly feel new or fresh. We've seen this generic fight scene a hundred times before. Supergirl is fun but familiar and unfortunately forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 26, 2011

    Instead we get something that feels aimed at dumbing down the character and excluding any fans that have followed her from the start. Green might turn it all around but honestly, I don't care enough to read another issue. The art from Mike Johnson is cool but not spectacular. I was confused as to why Supergirl had lip-gloss on, though I did like the pencils of her eyes when the heat vision kicks in. The work moves the story along but, like the plot, does little else. Supergirl #1 is a good read for new fans, young girls looking to see what she's about and grown men trying to explain why Supergirl would be a great costume for their girlfriend to wear on Halloween. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 21, 2011

    Overall, Supergirl was one of the most dynamic and engaging characters in the DCU just before Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle left her book. Now, as far as the first issue is concerned, she's just a pale rehash of the Kara we met again for the first time a decade ago. This is a new and dynamic DCU? Not as far as Supergirl, or Superboy for that matter, are concerned"at least yet. Read Full Review

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