Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Supergirl #15 Review

Written by: Jody Houser and Steve Orlando
Art by: Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, Michael Atiyeh and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 8, 2017

I am a big Supergirl fan.  She is one of my Top Ten comic book characters period and that's why I have been critical of this run.  I want her to have a book, but I want it to be good and this just hasn't been good.  Hopefully, the addition of Jody Houser will turn it all around.  Did it?  Let's find out...
The issue opens in The Blade and the new head of the DEO, Mr. Bones, is already on a full out Supergirl hunt.  He's even using Magog to construct a cell capable of holding her for when the time comes.  I guess I will have to go along with Mr. Bones being the Head of the DEO even though it completely throws the continuity out the window...I do like him enough so at least there is that.

We then get to see Supergirl and while I like her saving a dog, I was surprised she was so out in the open after everything that just happened in the last arc.  It bites her in the bum as the police and the DEO show up to take her in.

Kara then gets us up to speed on what's been going on and now I really wonder why she just doesn't do her Supergirl stuff a bit more undercover.  We then get some awkward (in a cute way) interaction between Kara and Ben and see that Kara is leading a very distracted life trying to juggle a normal life with a superhero one.

After a close call with the DEO at school, we head home for dinner with the Danvers and while I really liked the dialogue here, it really felt more for new readers than those who have read every issue.  It all seems headed for a Supergirl book without a Supergirl which I hope is not the case.

We continue with the Danver's worrying about Kara...well, Eliza is while Jeremiah seems to have other things he'd rather do...sexier things.  Again, it's good dialogue that serves mainly to catch readers up to the current sitch of the book.

We go back to Mr. Bones and actually move the story forward.  He is making Dr. Veritas develop weapons against Supergirl and she really can't say no.  He also drops an interesting name before we get to the ending with a cliffhanger that shows this book has a strange visitor indeed!

This issue was targeted at new readers and while it really recaps a lot, the dialogue was good enough to keep it flowing.  I have to credit Jody Houser there because this felt 100% like her writing.  Because of the recap, however, there isn't much of a story yet, but the pieces are in place to move forward next month.  That and some really good art by Robson Rocha has me in a  good mood concerning Supergirl for once.

Bits and Pieces:

While still not perfect, this was a nice issue of Supergirl with some good character moments and really good art.  Sure, it was mostly about getting new readers up to speed (hopefully Jody Houser co-writing gets some) so those who have stuck with it may not be into such a recap heavy issue, but I am looking forward to the possibility of good things on the horizon.


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