Supergirl #16

Writer: Mike Johnson Artist: Mahmud Asrar Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 23, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
6.8Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

The HEL ON EARTH crossover event continues!

  • 9.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Kassim Mirza Jan 25, 2013

    On a final note, this might seem strange but the only thing that is hurting this issue is one of my favorite aspects of it: it's really not a title you can just pick up. This He'l on Earth crossover most likely has a lot of new people picking up Supergirl, which is great. But one can't get the full effect of this title unless they read Supergirl from issue #1. As such, I can't give this title a perfect score simply because it really resists one of comic books time honored tropes: serialization. That being said, pick up the trades or the back issues if you want to read one of the strongest DC titles out there. As long as Mike Johnson and Mahmud Asrar are attached to this book, I'll be picking it up. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jan 23, 2013

    Mike Johnson's tight narrative makes this a fun and intuitive read. We're all used to the myriad superheroes and what they do, but through Kara's eyes they are dangerous unknowns, which makes them feel fresh again. It seems strange how everyone else knows Kara is being duped but still after all this time she refuses to accept it. That is the weakest part of Johnson's story in the H'el on Earth event because he hasn't developed her relationship with H'el enough for us to buy it. The book ends the way it began with Supergirl still in the same mindset about everything and everyone. This was a solid chapter, but it will take more than this to make H'el on Earth worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 28, 2013

    Even though I enjoyed the art by Mahmud A. Asrar, the comic does suffer from the same problem with every Flash appearance not drawn by Francis Manapul in the inconstant drawing and coloring of the yellow streaks and lightning that only appear in about half the comic's panels featuring the hero. Use them or don't use them, but using them for only half the issue doesn't work. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    A Comic Book Blog - T. A. Ewart Jan 30, 2013

    The toughest thing to get past in the story is that Supergirl shouldn't be this stupid. The previous issues have treated us to a Kara Zor-El unlike any we've seen thus far. She's petulant, moody, rude, and reactionary to say the least. However, her blatant stupidity is the worst thing about the title. Supergirl refuses to accept Kal-El as her cousin, but she has run to H'El with open arms, literally. The power source being taken from Argo City was dumb; Supergirl not questioning it was dumber, but the fact that she believes H'El with no proof or evidence, after being so resistant to Superman is the dumbest of all. If Johnson's goal is for Supergirl to hit bottom and become a heroine, how low does she have to go? Pretty low it seems. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Jan 23, 2013

    I can't say I loved the art in this book, but it was better than the art in SUPERBOY. I think that there are some scenes that are fun, like the moment shared by Supergirl and Krypto. Much of the dialogue in this issue is good too and we get to see some interesting conversation exchanged between Supergirl and the Flash. Overall, however, the issue seemed unnecessary. Nothing really happens in this issue that is essential to the overall plot. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 25, 2013

    If DC was hoping for that alienated, isolated, angry young Supergirl, this story arc will get her there. And it is a shame because I don't think that is how Mike Johnson sees her. I keep wondering if Johnson has her saying the right thing while the powers make her keep doing the wrong thing. Just where will this Supergirl be after H'El on Earth? I get the sense in a worse place than she was before. Read Full Review

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