Welcome back to another weekly roundup of Ice’s comic reviews!
Comics for this week: Supergirl Rebirth #1 & All-New Wolverine #11!
Supergirl Rebirth #1 (DC Comics)
Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Emanuela Lupacchino
There are many reasons why the DC TV shows are successes, but one of them is because they show how great their characters are and can be, where they open up a level of interest for them to people that want to know more about them and their world. That’s definitely the case here with myself and Supergirl. It’s noticeable that the book is influenced by the Supergirl TV show, which is influenced by the comics (oh what a vicious circle), but seeing characters from the show appear in the Rebirth issue brings a level of connection that easily eases into reading the series for the first time. It’s one thing reading characters when they’re part of an ensemble in other books, it’s a whole different story (pun intended) when they’re solo. Steve Orlando writes the one-shot as a nice, if not “typical” set-up for the series. That doesn’t mean it’s bad or anything. Steve definitely checks everything off the list: hero introduction (while concluding a plot from the previous volume), a quick backstory to the issue’s bad guy, getting the hero (and the readers) acquainted with the series’ cast and a tease to who the real villain will be. Again: nice, if not typical. The issue’s cliffhanger, where it reveals the villain, should prove interesting to see how it’ll affect Supergirl and the series to come, and something I hope Superman somehow gets involved in. All that said, the best part of the issue is a fantastic two-page splash by Emanuela Lupacchino that has Supergirl busting out from the sun. With just these pages, you see Supergirl’s strength in her pose, her heroicness, her determination, etc. It could not have been drawn any better; just magnificent. This is a series to definitely be on your pull list.
All-New Wolverine #11 (Marvel)
Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Ig Guara
Here’s the thing when it comes to people trying to stop premonitions from happening: IT. NEVER. WORKS. Did That’s So Raven not teach you a damn thing? Hello! Before I say anything else, this isn’t a spoiler. The cover to the next issue (and if you read the previous one) kind of do that already. Tom Taylor tackles this current arc tying it into Civil War II. Old Man Logan, the (all-new) Wolverine and Gabby (the clone of a clone, I’m sure you can guess whose) are up against S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America. Oh and soldiers too. Let’s not forget about the soldiers. It’s actually been a pretty cool, somewhat action-packed arc which is just as cool with Ig Guara’s art. Guara definitely has put the ‘old man’ in Old Man Logan. What’s a bit surprising is seeing Captain America on the side of S.H.I.E.L.D. It is explained, but still a bit shocking (that’s also mentioned) mainly due to where Cap allegiance is shown in the main Civil War II mini-series. The last page is a downer, but of course expected, which brings us back to you can’t stop a premonition from happening because as you try to stop it, you’re actually causing it. The morals and ethics that underlie the whole basis of Civil War II, which this tie-in arc is doing a nice job of showing what goes wrong with it, is something Marvel is really doing better at showing it in everything but the main series itself.