Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Supergirl #10 Review

Not So Super

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Brian Ching, Michael Atiyeh and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 14, 2017

I have not been a huge fan of this book since Rebirth.  Actually, I've pretty much have hated it and it's such a long list of reasons that I am not sure it can ever come around.  Poor dialogue, confusing and forced situations, bad characterizations, silly stories...the list goes on and on.  Last issue ended with Kara, Barbara and Ben stuck in the Phantom Zone with Xa-Du on their tail.  It wasn't great, but I do love me some Xa-Du and will take him anytime I can get him.  So, is this issue any better and am I suppose to be rooting for the Phantom King?  Let's find out...

The issue opens in Limbo Town and it's a pretty cool place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.  That's what Selena (you know, the Heir to Ataxia) must be thinking as she gets broken out by the Supergirl Revenge Squad.  Yea, I know that's a ripoff of the Action Comics Superman Revenge Squad, but it really feels like it here as well.

In the Phantom Zone, we catch up with our heroic trio and after a ridiculous description of the Phantom Zone, they are greeted by Phantom Zone Pirate, Captain Jiln-Ka.  Okay, I'm no expert here, but if the old Captain was pretending to be good, the only one fooled was Kara who takes Babs and Ben off with her...right into a trap.  Yep, It's Xa-Du!

I told you above that I love Xa-Du, but this nonsense spouting version is no good.  His big reveal was awful and forced, but the dialogue was the worst thing here.  It continues when we are reminded what Xa-Du is up to and it's a dance between getting flesh in a place with none and and the threat of death in a place you can't die.  Don't even get me started that people are building castles and flying pirate ships in the Phantom Zone.

In a jail cell, Supergirl and Batgirl argue about trust and we see that Psi (from the Batgirl Annual) is the key (or Aethyr Switch) for Xa-Du to get out of the Phantom Zone.  The trio have a plan to escape that Ben is not down with...until he is.  Is he weak or is he strong?  I think he says he's both on one page.  Plus, having parents that ditched you to party is not the same as ones who sent you away to save you and have you protect your cousin.  Just saying, Ben.

It all continues as Batgirl springs the group free, but Kara gets a psychic call from Psi and heads off to save her.  It seems like it was kind of Xa-Du's plan and after he poisons her (in the Phantom Zone?), Psi turns into a dragon and I really wonder why I'm still reading this book!

I hate this book.  I love Supergirl.  I hate this book.  I love Batgirl.  I hate this book.  I love good stories.  I hate this book.  I hate this book...I hate this book...

Bits and Pieces:

Please don't let the fact that we all want a Supergirl book make you try to convince yourself this book is good.  It isn't.  This issue is full of awful dialogue, poor storytelling, bad art and nonsense.   I don't recommend it to anyone and hope it gets a creative team change soon.