Covergirl: See “Heroines Take the Mic.”
Ramble: After Catwoman, I was relieved by Supergirl’s straightforward narrative. Taking us through the last days of Krypton, the book revolves primarily around Zor-El, Kara’s father, and his plans to shuttle his daughter safely away from their dying planet.
We also meet a superbly cowlicked baby Superman and his father Jor-El, who tells Kara he doesn’t approve of certain experiments his brother Zor-El is undertaking.
Zor-El, who looks like Dr. Zaius, comes off as compassionate and determined; he’s working on a plan he hopes will save Argo City, and breaks his own heart and that of his wife by sending Kara away before it’s too late. The intrigue – what else is he working on? – suggests that perhaps he’s not all self-sacrifice, however.
Good read, second only to the Banshee stretch in Supergirl’s New 52 run. As with those books, though, I liked issue #0 despite Supergirl’s pale character.
She’s a solid seller, this Kara, so maybe the fault lies with me. Perhaps some superheroes serve as mighty, silent, character-less centers around which fascinating worlds can revolve. And maybe that's enough.
(For you. Not me. One more issue and I'm outta here. Making like a Zor-El and flying.)