Supergirl had been cancelled as part of the reboot of Superman, but they decided to bring back the series, and continuing the numbering with this issue. Kevin Maguire’s art ensures that this is a must read, and frankly even if the story consisted to Supergirl sitting around reading the phone book, Maguire would illustrate it so well that it would be worth the cost.
But there is no phone book reading in this one. Marc Andreyko has the storyline pick up from the Man of Steel miniseries, as Kara decides to go on a hunt for the truth about Rogol Zaar, and vengeance for the dead Kandorians.
I always like Andreyko’s stories, so with him and Maguire helming this book I had high expectations, and the first issue of their run has lived up to them.
The issue largely just sets up Supergirl’s quest. She discusses her plans with Superman, and turns to Green Lantern for assistance as well, gaining some intriguing information. Krypto winds up becoming her travelling partner, an interesting touch.
I was very glad to see the Danvers get quietly dropped from the book. They never really won a place in my heart, and were always a pale shadow of the Silver Age Danvers family.
It seems hard to keep a Supergirl book going. Looking back she has gone through so many schools, jobs, cities, boyfriends and goals. I don’t know if the creative team have any real long term plans for the character, but it scarcely matters. They have given Supergirl a strong purpose which ties in to the main Superman books, but stands distinct from it. We are going to see Kara and Krypto travel through space on a multi-issue quest. That in and of itself is good enough for me.