Supergirl: Being Super #1

Supergirl: Being Super #1

Writer: Mariko Tamaki Artist: Joelle Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 28, 2016 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 16
8.3Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Flying and crushing coal into diamonds may come easy, but try popping a Kryptonian zit! Caldecott Honor-winning and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) teams with Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) for a coming-of-age tale like you've never seen before. But while growing pains shake up Kara's world, a deadly earthquake rocks the small town of Midvale beneath her feet! The Girl of Steel has a choice: let her world die, or overcome her adolescent insecurities and be super!

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Dec 28, 2016

    Supergirl: Being Supergirl#1is all about being a teenager in its epic, messy, and yet normal glory that happens to star one of DC Comics' most iconic characters. I can definitely see it ending up in the pantheon of DC's other great “origin” comics likeBatman Year One, Superman Birthright, and Wonder Woman Earth One.It is also refreshing to see teenagers drawn like actual teenagers and have real teenage problems unhampered by heavy-handed metaphors courtesy of the creative team of Mariko Tamaki, Joelle Jones, Sandu Florea, and Kelly Fitzpatrick. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Dec 28, 2016

    Read Supergirl Being Super. Read it. What are you even doing reading my review? Read it now. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 3, 2017

    So overall this worked well for me. This is really the foundation for this series, the first act of four. We get a very solid sense of Kara's life and the people around her. We feel how unsure she is with her identity, kind of floating through life, this massive mystery in her past. And it all is visually spectacular. Can't wait to see where this is all going. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Dec 28, 2016

    Supergirl: Being Super is a 4-part series that has the potential to be one of the best recent iterations of Kara Danvers yet. Jolle Jones' art is great " a calm tone that fits the character-driven pace of the comic, with realistic-looking characters of several shapes and sizes. I'm happy to stick around for it. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jan 7, 2017

    This origin story isn't restricted by a pre-existing main plot that it has to follow, it's allowed to be as slow and as explorative as it likes. And it wonderfully tells us a story of a girl growing up in high school and realising she's different. It allows the reader to connect with Kara on a level that some comics may miss out on. The writer, Mariko Tamaki clearly knows how to write interesting, three dimensional characters – and we can't wait to see where she takes the story next. (Read her new Hulk series featuring Jennifer Walters) If you're looking for an action packed thrill ride, Supergirl: Being Super #1 isn't the one for you. If you're interesting in an impressively written coming of age story that allows it's characters to flourish then you're definitely in the right place. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 2, 2017

    DC have really pulled out all the stops with this book by looking to get the best “indie” creators to write a story set within a specific time frame. This means that they have asked creators to work to their strengths, especially with Mariko Tamaki. The end result is a 48 page Book One, that whilst doesn't offer anything new, is a fun and engaging read and is head and shoulders above its ongoing series sister.I will definitely be picking up Book Two, despite the high $5.99 price tag. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jan 11, 2017

    Supergirl: Being Super is the perfect comic to hand to a young girl to get her interested in comics as an art form (as long as she is from a tolerant/progressive family, since there is a diversity of characters that certain conservatives may not approve of). This first issue is mostly teen drama and story setup, but there is the promise of some action (and maybe even a costume) coming up in part two. I suspect this will be collected into a single volume, that may be the preferable way of getting this into the hands of young readers. For people who have been around comics for a while, especially if you like series like Giant Days or Jonesy, don't let this one pass you by. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Dec 29, 2016

    Overall though, Supergirl: Being Super is a very promising debut. It's got a great voice and some fantastic talent behind it, as well as the potential to tell a really great Supergirl story from scratch. I'd definitely recommend it, especially to people who the character has never really clicked with. It's a very different book from DC and one that I'm excited to see more from. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Matt Amerling Jan 12, 2017

    For those disappointed or underwhelmed with the Rebirth Supergirl, Mariko Tamaki and Joelle Jones have finally delivered the Supergirl fans deserve! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Matthew J. Theriault Dec 28, 2016

    Unfortunately, it's not me. I can recognize the skill with which Tamaki is drawing Kara as a more relatable character; more down to earth both idiomatically and literally. Likewise, I can recognize Jones' pencils here to be every bit the equal of those I'd previously praised in American Alien. Being as objective as possible, Supergirl: Being Super is an absolutely superlative comic. But subjectively, it's not an issue I derived a great deal of enjoyment or insight from. I hope one day DC does put out another Supergirl title in the vein of Loeb and Churchill's. But Being Super definitely is not that comic, and it's definitely not for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 28, 2016

    Based on this first issue, Supergirl: Being Super might not be everyone's cup of tea. The focus on character over action may turn away some readers. Those who have been looking for a good comic to give the super girls in their lives who love the Supergirl TV series, however, will find this series to be a welcome treat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Dec 28, 2016

    It's a beautiful, exuberant blast of positivity in a comic, and it sure made me feel a tiny bit better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jan 3, 2017

    There's unlimited potential here for this four-part series that showcases the combined talent of Tamaki and Jones is a force to reckon with, but let's hope we don't lose focus on something more exciting in the meantime. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Dec 30, 2016

    Overall, this is really good. The characters make a good first impression and I want to see more of them. The writing in both dialogue and narration works well with some nicely integrated humor. The art is great throughout and enjoyable to look at on its own. Every problem I have with the book is more about personal preference and taste; there is nothing technically wrong with the book. However, my personal tastes did make the book somewhat less enjoyable. It's still a solid read and I recommend people check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Jan 5, 2017

    Kara Danvers is a high school student on the verge of her sixteenth birthday. She runs track, hangs out with her friends, tries to relate to her parents and flies. Where is she from, where does she belong, and where does she begin? Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Matthew Mueller Jan 2, 2017

    This book won't be for everyone, but for those who are looking for a Supergirl story that any teen can relate to, this is your best bet. It is a bit on the slow side, and lacks significant action elements, but the friendship between Kara, Dolly, and Jennifer tends to make up for most of that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 28, 2016

    If you are looking for a Supergirl book with a more indie feel to it, your search may be over.  Mariko Tamaki gives readers a very grounded look at Supergirl with some fully fleshed out characters.  However, the story as it is presented here is paper thin and nothing really makes me want or need to come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Jan 4, 2017

    I could see how the end of the issue might hook someone, but for me it honestly fell a bit flat. I couldn't help but feel like not quite as much happened as I would've like, and I don't think I liked the characters quite as much as I'm sure they would've liked. I get why Kara is characterized the way she is, but I can't say it makes her all that interesting to follow. Despite that, will I read the second issue? Sure. It's a slow start, but it feels like it can go somewhere interesting. Would I recommend picking it up? Only if the premise sounds particularly interesting. Otherwise, maybe hold off on this one. Read Full Review

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