Thursday, June 16, 2016

Adventures of Supergirl Chapter #11 Review

Take that Bebble-Rox-5

Written by: Sterling Gates
Art by: Emma Vieceli, Sandra Molina and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 13. 2016

Reggie is on vacation (lucky bastard), so I will be taking over his review for Adventures of Supergirl Chapter #11.  It is no big deal for me as I love this book and am a fan of the Digital First line of books in general.  In fact, I am going out on a limb and saying that I am the biggest fan in the entire world...possibly the universe.  There is this guy on the moon of Titan that has his own Digital First fanpage, but we all know he is just fishing for free copies.  You hear that Bebble-Rox-5?  I'm calling you out!  Please stop it, you're just embarrassing yourself.  Where was I?  Oh yea, I am a huge fan of this book and love the way that Sterling Gates is not just cashing in on the TV show, but using this comic to tell stories that couldn't always be told on the small screen (budgets and things), but still fit square in with the mythos of the show.  I also love that we are getting an ongoing narrative and that of course, continues this week.  So, was it any good?  Why don't you go and ask Bebble-Rox-5?  I'm sorry about that, you're here so I guess you can check out my review quick.  Here goes...

The chapter starts with Kara thinking back at some homespun advice that her adoptive mother told her about solving problems...Start small and with what you're familiar with.  That always works for me when ordering at TGI Friday's and it works here for Kara.  Of course, Kara isn't dealing with the choice between the Loaded Potato Skins or the Pot Stickers, she is dealing with Facet.  However, for the record...Pot Stickers every time!

Kara, Alex and Hank are trying to tie Facet with all the other Big Bads that have harassed Supergirl in this comic, but it all leads to a dead end.  The dead end that is the still classified information of Alex's first case with Rampage's sister, Moyer.  Kara isn't the only one who demands to know the dets...I want to know them as well.  Unfortunately, everything is put on hold when Facet makes like the Emergency Broadcast System and interrupts our normal program.  She makes it very clear...this isn't just a test and gives them all official information, news or instructions.  Basically, she tells them all that they are going to die!

We find out really quickly that everything leading up to this point has all been part of Facet's plan and it's a plan that would make even Hannibal Smith green with envy.  It all leads to a huge battle that doesn't seem to be going well for Team Danvers when...

Actually, we will have to wait for the next chapter to see what happens, but it does all end with Facet going to see a Doctor and while Kara may have figured out what that really means, I can't see how she can cancel the appointment before more trouble begins.

On the surface, I guess you can accuse Sterling Gates of giving us a whole lot of setup here, but I don't care, I had a great time reading it.  It's weird to say, but seeing the results of Facet's long con was very satisfying and made the whole series that much better knowing it all meant something.  I guess it's not that weird, just that it may kill everyone we care about in the book.  I'm going back to my original statement...weirdly satisfying.  

I also really liked Emma Vieceli's art in this chapter.  These Digital First books usually have a rotating roster of art teams and a result of that is often inconsistent art.  I'm not talking quality, but how each artist has their own way of drawing characters.  I thought Vieceli did an outstanding job of doing her own thing, while still making it fit with everything we saw before.  It's kind of like a kick-ass happy medium, if that is a thing.  Got you!  You read it so it now is a thing  Sorry, but thems the rules.

Bits and Pieces:

Sterling Gates gives us a huge Facet reveal and it's all the better because it makes total sense with everything we've gotten up until now. Like Jaws: The Revenge, this time it's personal and I can't wait to see if and how Supergirl gets everyone out of this jam alive.  It may not be a great jumping on point for new readers, but if you are already a fan, this is a must read.

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