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Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 17, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 38 User Reviews: 25
7.6Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Supergirl turns to the shadowy organization known as the D.E.O. (Department of Extranormal Operations) to restore her lost powers once and for all! But as a fateful experiment sends Kara Zor-El rocketing toward the sun, disaster strikes at home in the form of the lost Kryptonian werewolf Lar-On! All the epic action of the brand new Supergirl series starts here!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Aug 17, 2016

    Supergirl is in great hands. Orlando handles the character well and I am engaged in where the story is going to go. The artwork is fantastic with one of the best teams in the business behind it. Even without the good writing, I would recommend this issue based on how amazing this art looks. Overall, this is a fun and exciting issue and I highly recommend that you check it out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Aug 17, 2016

    All in all an excellent reboot, combining classic elements with some of the better touches from the TV series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Aug 20, 2016

    After Argo City survived the destruction of Krypton, Zor-El quarantined Lar-On to the Phantom Zone until his red kryptonite sickness could be cured. On present-day Earth, the D.E.O. has sent Zor-Els 16-year-old daughter, Kara, into the suns core in an experimental craft equipped with phantom drive and a Kryptonian regeneration matrix, in the hope of recharging the solar batteries in her cells. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 19, 2016

    And it was gorgeous. Lupacchino just shines when she draws Supergirl. From the fights to the scenes with the Danvers to last pages showcasing Kara Danvers, Lupacchino gives us a ton of information from expressions and body language. Hello Supergirl! Nice to see you again! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Aug 17, 2016

    Supergirl: Rebirth #1 is a bright, fun setup for the new Supergirl series. While you might balk at the word “setup,” rest assured it's all good setup and acts as a great introduction to bring new and old readers to the character and her world. The writing was solid and the artwork was wonderful. If you are looking to try one of the Rebirth issues for the first time, definitely give this one a shot right away. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Christina Hamlet Jun 20, 2017

    My overall assessment is this is a solid start for a book. New readers can look forward to a story with lots of energy and heart, established fans can look forward to a treatment that takes the best elements of Supergirl and moves them forward. Supergirl is an icon, and one that hasn't been treated all that well since her death in Crisis on Infinite Earths in my opinion. She was one of the many pieces that never quite fit into place again. If this issue is any indication, DC is finally letting Kara shine again, and is going to remind everyone that she really is a Supergirl. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Olivia Innamorato Aug 22, 2016

    Overall, Orlando and Lupacchino succeed attaking elements of the show and putting their own twist on them. The end result is a first issue that embraces the show's optimistic tonewithout being too indebted to the series. All in all, it was a strong debut for the Girl of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Aug 18, 2016

    Coming off of DCYou's incredibly successfully Midnighter, all eyes were looking to Steve Orlando to bring Supergirl the Rebirth she sorely needed. Luckily, he does just that. He uses the depths of DC history as a palette with which to paint Kara's new story. Unfortunately, the pages of Supergirl: Rebirth #1 are overcrowded with supporting characters and plot points that could have used some breathing room. And while the art truly shines, it does little to make those supporting characters memorable. But to Orlando, Kara is the star of the show. Her optimism and strength are the real success of this debut. Steve Orlando clearly knows how to write Supergirl and is quickly looking to create a vivid and unique world around her. Though this issue may take too many steps in that regard, they are all in the right direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Aug 17, 2016

    As Kara zips around the damaged D.E.O. facility, they struggle to do even the simplest bit of clean up. And while Kara initially makes fun of them, she eventually stops to help. As Eliza explains it, if Kara's going to understand the human race, then she needs to understand how much more difficult things are for them. It's a simple moment, but it gives all the explosions and fights meaning. Maybe Clark should take notice. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 23, 2016

    It features an upbeat, instantly-likeable star, a strong supporting cast, some good action sequences, and works despite the somewhat silly secret identity shenanigans. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Aug 17, 2016

    “Supergirl: Rebirth” #1 does struggle to be a straight up introduction as the rest of the one shots have been but this talented team finds a spark and it's more than enough to make this a worthwhile purchase. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 17, 2016

    It feels like it's been a while since we had an ongoing Supergirl series. Kara Zor-El is back and Steve Orlando and Emanuela Lupacchino have made it worth the wait. We're off to a good start as we're introduced a new supporting cast and direction for Supergirl. Similar to other Rebirth issues, there is some set up for the series. Thankfully, this book contains plenty of action and build up in order to appeal to both new and older readers. Looks like it's time to make room on your comic pull list for another new title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Aug 17, 2016

    There have been a variety of teen superheroes over the years, but Steve Orlando, Emanuela Lupaccino, Ray McCarthy, and Michael Atiyeh don't weigh too heavily on high school soap opera cliches and make Kara a reflection of the classic immigrant experience as she even receives the anglicized name of Danvers instead of Zor-El. It will be interesting to see how theSupergirlteam explores this increasingly relevant theme while hopefully telling action-packed and heartfelt superhero/sci-fi stories likeSupergirl: Rebirth#1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Aug 17, 2016

    As difficult as the format for this issue was, Orlando and Lupacchino delivered a sound starting point for getting to know Supergirl all over again. I cannot wait to have issue #1 in my hands, if for no other reason that I can begin to see the seeds that are planted here break the surface and start to reach for the sun. I have a feeling were going to be seeing this book flower like we havent in ages. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 20, 2016

    By the numbers storytelling, with better than average art. This won't thrill long time fans, but would definitely be informative to new readers. Your knowledge of Supergirl will determine your enjoyment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Drew S. McCarthy Aug 19, 2016

    Supergirl is in good hands with the very talented Steve Orlando, Brian Ching in September, and Emanuela Lupacchino going forward. While this issue was cram full of information, it set the table for a great run going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Aug 17, 2016

    By the end of this "Rebirth" introduction, Kara is given a new civilian identity and a setup that will certainly allow casual viewers of the TV show an easy point of egress into comics. It's all a little rushed towards the end, but the goal appears to be to rapidly get new and old readers up to speed with the status quo. Yet it is not merely "CW's Supergirl: The Comic," as this already exists under a different name. Instead, this is something that captures the spirit of that show and the legacy that preceded it, which is about the best you can ask from a the first issue of a character that has had numerous firsts over the last six decades. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 22, 2016

    While I understand wanting to tie the comic into the Supergirl TV series, I do have some doubts concerning cementing Kara firmly as an agent for the DEO. I'm equally skeptical at throwing Kara back into to high school (how old is she supposed to be?), but I'm willing to see what it might lead to. The issue goes a long way to sell me on this new version of Supergirl, but I'm not yet sold on the set-up for the new series. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 22, 2016

    For those who don't know anything about Kara's previous adventures, this is the perfect entree, and for those who have followed some of Supergirl's more hit-or-miss runs, this much-improved effort is a breath of fresh air. Coming from Midnighter and Starfire, respectively, Steve Orlando and Emanuela Lupacchino are both DC creators on the rise, and this proves to be the next big platform to showcase their talents. If you're champing at the bit before Supergirl makes her debut on the CW later this year, Supergirl: Rebirth #1 is a great place to get your fix. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Aug 17, 2016

    Overall, a solid start to what looks to be a solid series. A Kara Danvers origin story sets expectations moderately low to be honest, so the opportunity is there to surprise us with something more than dorky-girl-learns-to-be-human and new-hero-learns-to-hero. Here's to cautious expectations, but hey, if anyone can do it" Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Aug 17, 2016

    Supergirl: Rebirth is a stage-setting affair, tying up loose ends even as it introduces new ones. Steve Orlando's script has a few too many moving parts, but it also provides plenty to look forward to with some well placed setup and strong initial character. We won't know till September just how well this new look will hold up, but early indications point to a promising return for Kara Zor-El. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Andrew Aug 17, 2016

    Overall, I think Supergirl has so much potential because of how well the writing was done on this initial issue. By not starting it off with her in a predicament that does not have her facing someone such as Darkseid in the first issue it allows the writer to build up to a greater threat in future issues. I know, he is Superman's main nemesis, I am only using him as an example. The one problem I had was with the canon and I mentioned that in my example above with Nightwing and Batman. If you were a fan of the Loeb, Churchill, & Rapmund run of Supergirl, I would recommend this run as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 19, 2016

    A strong start to one of the most anticipated comics of the season. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Aug 17, 2016

    Overall, Supergirlis a solid opening that serves mostly as set up for what looks to be a much more promising series. It feels like Orlando is still finding his voice for the title, as it doesn't quite have the stand out characterization ofSuperman nor the incredible twists and turns ofSuperwoman, though definitely has potential to grow into something great. If you're a fan of the TV show you're not likely to find a better book to follow the charatcer's ongoing adventures, but if you're only a fan of the superfamily titles, I'd approach the book with cautious optimism, as it seems the next few issues is where the quality will really be determined. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Josh Price Aug 26, 2016

    What Rebirth has done with Supergirl is unabashedly draw influence from the CW TV version with Melissa Benoist in the live action role. While the show has its undeniable charm, it hinges heavily on bad TV in moments, with flavor-of-the-week villains every other episode, who serve no consequence with the overall narrative. While the series is decidedly not without its fans, me included (it has its moments), this reader personally hopes the comic book series will not suffer the same villain-of-the-week pitfalls the first season of the TV show did. Lar-On seems like a strong candidate for that title unfortunately, so lets just hope that things get interesting with his character and others in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Aug 17, 2016

    Supergirl - Rebirth #1 provides a steady, solid launch for Supergirl, one that isn't going to reinvent any wheels or blow any minds, but one that nicely sets up what I presume is a new status quo for the Girl of Steel. Great art and a classical vibe permeate an issue whose narrative may be conventional and familiar but promises old school super-heroics to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Sep 2, 2016

    Supergirl: Rebirth is a fast paced issue that, much like many other Rebirth issues, fixes mistakes of the past while planting seeds for the future. The inclusion of several elements from the Supergirl series aren't as in your face as one might expect and do some clever twists to keep itself separate from that series. Orlando and McCarthy's take on Supergirl show the character's appeal and Lupacchino's artwork is very energetic and dymanic. Though she will be leaving after this, Orlando is staying on and he's already got a lot up his sleeves. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Aug 17, 2016

    Supergirl has always been more lighthearted than Superman, but when Kal-El is taking on the Eradicator and Supergirl fights a werewolf, eyebrows are raised. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Aug 19, 2016

    There was a bit of relief that arrived by the time I finished Supergirl: Rebirth, though it didn't come from what I had just read. There was relief in knowing that, with this at-par introductory issue, Mr. Orlando had gotten all the messy particulars out of the way. He can now get to the mind-warping business of which we all know he's capable. The stage has been set. The star approaches the spotlight. My intuition tells me that I'll be enjoying Supergirl #1 a hell of a lot. I can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 17, 2016

    One of the big goals of the Rebirth standalone issues is to whet readers' appetites for the ongoing series. Supergirl wasn't bad, but it's not remarkable either. DC has a lot of strong options post Rebirth. Supergirl Rebirth doesnt do enough to make it a must-add on a monthly pull list. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Aug 17, 2016

    Ultimately, Supergirl: Rebirth doesn't do anything spectacular or new, but like with a lot of the Rebirth stuff from DC right now, it's about repackaging the old and familiar in a way that reminds fans of what they liked about these characters to begin with. This issue is just fun enough, and well drawn enough, for me to recommend it, especially if you're a fan of Kara Zor-El and have been missing a fun, lighthearted take on the character, minus all the angst. I genuinely look forward to the ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Critical Blast - Critical Blast Staff Aug 25, 2016

    Summary: For the most part, this was a solid first issue, but it can't seem to decide if it wants to be like the TV series or something else entirely. A compellingstory, though it seems to be a bit of a throw back to the Silver Age. Some questionable "background" art, which really distracts from the look and feel of the book. I do think this book can be great, but the first issue was definitely shaky at times. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - John Patterson Aug 17, 2016

    While this is a book that lacks the certain ‘wow' factor that I found in the Superman Rebirth stories, this is still a solid enough start, and there's more than enough potential here for me to make me think that it could be one worth keeping an eye on as it progresses. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 18, 2016

    In the final analysis, this new Supergirlseries is serviceable but not outstanding.The artwork is good, despite a few minor hiccups. The story isn't bad, though the structure is weird and the cast apart from Kara aren't memorable at all. Still, this is a good enough base that something better might be built upon its foundation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Aug 21, 2016

    With each of these Rebirth issues I find myself wondering why this couldn't just be issue #1. Supergirl: Rebirth makes sense as a preview issue, providing wary traditional fans and uncertain television converts alike a chance to see what this series has in store for the Maid of Might. This issue isn't spectacular in its story, but it's honest and effective in how it tells it. If you're rolling your eyes at a Kryptonian werewolf or Supergirl hearing a cry for help in the vacuum of space, this may not be for you. Nor should you pick it up if you can't abide exposition, because there is a lot. But, that said, there's no denying the heart that Orlando pours into this story. Supergirl: Rebirth mixes the whimsey of the Silver Age with the emotional groundedness of modern television. It may just be a pilot issue, rather than a true beginning, but it makes its case and does what it needs to do. Welcome back, Kara. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Aug 17, 2016

    Well this may not be the Rebirth I would have wanted for Kara, but overall it was alright start to which I hope is a long and exciting journey for the Girl of Steel! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - James Charlton Aug 17, 2016

    There are a few saving graces, however. I enjoyed the art from Lupacchino. She's experienced at drawing Supergirl and I think this experience shows. Nothing blows you away but it's pretty consistent throughout. The final page is nicely done and compliments the development in the story. In fact, it was this last page that helped save the issue for me and actually made me want to pick up Supergirl #1 in three weeks time. I think fans of the character will enjoy it. Of course, there might be a time in the near future that I decide this book isn't worth reading, but as our titular hero proclaims in her first issue: Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 17, 2016

    I'm using this review to get all my anger out at this being a reboot and not a rebirth.  It's a cleansing exercise and hopefully I can come out of it with a clear vision of what this book is and continue on into the series with a clear head.  I want to enjoy this book because I love Supergirl, but that will have to wait. Read Full Review

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