Supergirl has had some pretty strong writers attached to the monthly comic over the years, with the last two being Sterling Gates and, briefly (very, very briefly), superstar Nick Spencer. Now it seems we’ve settled on a new writer who has a lot to live up to. With his first issue of Supergirl, which continues the story arc Nick Spencer started, we can see just how well he did.
Let’s start by clearing the air a bit and saying that James Peaty did a fantastic job. It was such a seamless transition from Spencer to Peaty that it’s hard to tell that there was even a writer switch. Peaty continues the concept of tracking down superheroes via social networking with finesse and intrigue from start to finish.
All the characters are portrayed very well in this issue, but I think the shining character of this issue was the main villain, Alex. His nonchalant attitude towards his goal of killing superheroes, combined with his intellect and level of focus, make him out to be one terrifying villain. We see more of his plan and what he has at his disposal, which makes this issue more unsettling than the last.
Peaty not only paces the comic well, but also has many characters sharing the spotlight, all of whom have a point and get a fair amount of time in the issue. This issue has Robin coming into play and, with Supergirl being the obvious focus of the series, Peaty could have fallen into the trap of not using an iconic character to his or her full potential. Robin and Supergirl play off of one another well and both share roughly the same amount of the spotlight when the two come into contact. It really felt like a shared universe and not a gimmick, which doesn’t happen as often as it should.
The issue has a lot of action, but some of the real thrill here comes from just the dialogue. It really pulls the reader in and gives him or her something to think about. There is so much to be explored that it’s really hard to tell exactly where this comic is heading. Admittedly, though, there are parts of the comic that feel a little drawn out, but not enough to really hinder the reading. The unknown aspect of this comic works really well for it.
While we did have a writer change, we didn’t have an artist change. The art stays pretty consistent throughout the issue, though some parts the characters look really shinny and almost fake, then fluid. That said, it doesn’t happen often and overall the portrayal of the characters are well done.
If you haven’t been reading Supergirl, then you are really missing out here. We’re getting some really good and really intriguing stories that shouldn’t be missed. When you get the chance, I highly recommend going into your local comic shop and start picking up this comic.