Monday, July 16, 2018

Supergirl: Being Super - Mariko Tamaki

Title: Supergirl: Being Super (#1-4)
Author: Mariko Tamaki
Illustrator: Joelle Jones
Genre: Graphic Novel; Comics

She's super-strong. She can fly. She crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns. And with the help of her best friends and her kinda-infuriating-but-totally-loving adoptive parents, she just might be able to put her troubling dreams--shattered glimpses of another world--behind her.
Until an earthquake shatters her small town of Midvale...and uncovers secrets about her past she thought would always stay buried.
Now Kara's incredible powers are kicking into high gear, and people she trusted are revealing creepy ulterior motives. The time has come for her to choose between the world where she was born and the only world she's ever known. Will she find a way to save her town and be super, or will she crash and burn?


*Thank you to NetGalley, The Publishers, the illustrator and Author 
Hello Fellow Readers,

I am not usually a DC comic reader (No idea why), but I wanted to branch out and why not branch out with Supergirl? Supergirl: Being Super tells the origin of Supergirl before she dons her cape. We find out how she came to earth through flashbacks in her memories and we also gain some insight into her life on the farm that she grew up on. This very much seems a coming of age comic that involves friendship, death, trust, and betrayal.

The Graphics/ Artwork

The artwork by Jones was great. Every character had such an individualized look to them that made them stand out, even the characters in the background. I loved the use of colors for each scene that made things pop. I just really liked it, will look for more of Jones work.

The Story

Like I said before this seems like a coming of age story, which surprisingly did not take away from the overall arc. I did see the betrayal coming, but I honestly was not sure that it was meant to be a surprise. If it was then it was a bit easy to see through. Overall I did enjoy the story and I really want to see how it develops in the next arc, especially after the ending

Our Heroine

Kara is very much a teenage girl, she just happens to have superpowers. This is how she is portrayed, and it does not let you forget. This is a good thing. It shows her struggle to deal with these two clashing traits and how it affects the relationships she has around her. I like the way that Tamaki handled it and made Kara seem very real. 


Overall it was a pretty great Origin arc and it did end in a way that made me want to continue reading about KAra's journey in to becoming Supergirl. 

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