I love the comic book Supergirl. I love the tv Supergirl. I love Steve Orlando. This book is all three things wrapped up on one. What could go wrong? Not much, but I find that I didn't love this book like I hoped I would. First of all, I was having trouble wrapping my head around Steve Orlando writing Supergirl after his epic run on Midnighter. How do you reconcile the two? Answer, you don't.
The New 52 version of Supergirl was one of the few things about the New 52 that I actually liked. At least at first. I think Michael Green was writing the book at first (I'll need to look that up) and he gave great stories. He understood the character. He made the best out of an awful situation (that situation being the New 52). This is supposed to be the same character, only the success of the Supergirl tv series meant that DC wanted to bring the character closer to that version. I can't say that I blame them. I'd do the same thing. But the difference between the two is jarring. Another volume of this book and the New 52 version will be a distant memory.
The one thing that really bothered me about this book, and it may seem nit-picky, was that the story told in here feels more like something we should get in volume 2 or 3, not volume 1. It's way too heavy to go along with the changes to bring the book closer to the tv Supergirl. I would have liked to have seem more of that transition and a lighter story than what was presented here. It was too much.
But with that said, I'm looking forward to the new direction of the book. I hope the book just gets better from here.
Supergirl Vol. 1: Reign Of The Cyborg Supermen
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Brian Ching, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy