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Supergirl Special #1

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Based on 15 critic ratings.


After joining the Superman Family and their heroic efforts in Metropolis, Kara thought she had found her place in the world. But there’s only room in town for one Supergirl, and Power Girl’s sudden reappearance has made her redundant. Her identity and role are both in question as she looks for answers. Will they lead her out of the city or out of this world?

Find out as critically acclaimed writer Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl: Being Super) returns to the Maid of Might with the help of Skylar Patridge (Wonder Woman)!

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42 pages
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15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    As previously proved by Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow and Power Girl Special #1, an emotional script and pastel imagery can make a modern Supergirl story something beautiful, and Supergirl Special #1 proves so once again. Whether this touching tale leads to a new ongoing featuring the Maiden of Might or not, this has the potential to be another timeless and introspective chapter in Kara’s journey as a hero. Like DC has shown time and time again, Supergirl, much like her cousin, has an important place in the DC Universe.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Tamaki has written Kara before, of course—in the acclaimed Elseworlds “Supergirl: Being Super”—but that was a unique take with Kara as the only Kryptonian in a world without a Superman. Some of the scenes this issue with Kara in a school race reminded me of that, but these scenes are set on Krypton and do a great job of capturing how some of her flawed coping mechanisms have carried over from her time on that planet. There isn’t all that much action in this issue—just a few segments of rescues that drive the plot—but that leaves more room for Kara to have powerful conversations with Paige, Lois, and Jon, as well as a bonding session with Osul and Otho, who desperately want to know more about Krypton from the only person who was there. This is only a done-in-one right now, but it fleshes out Kara’s current mindset and sets up so many more potential stories for the Girl of Steel. Hopefully this will be just the start.

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    I definitely recommend picking this issue up if you’re even remotely interested. From word to art, it’s worth checking out and certainly a worthy story of the character.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 88

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Tamaki does an excellent job of describing Kara’s mindset in the introductory issue of this series. I was impressed with the emotional quality of this piece. Kara’s interactions with the Super Family are done in a manner that is very relatable, just as her self-reflection feels familiar and personal. Overall, I thought this was a great story opener, and I look forward to future episodes.

    The Art: This colorful issue features a bright palette and traditional comic illustrations. The focus on character expression and form does much to create an emotional connection with the readers.

  • 85

    Zona Negativa

  • 85

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 80

    Supergirl has some competition in the form of Power Girl, who are both a part of the Super-family living in and protecting Metropolis. This Supergirl Special looks to address Kara’s identity crisis head-on, and DC couldn’t have picked a better creative team than Mariko Tamaki, Skylar Patridge, and Marissa Louise. It’s a pretty low-key issue action-wise, but that’s because there’s more character development with Supergirl as she reminisces on her past on Krypton. I thought there would be a bigger character change that would happen at the end of the issue, but even with a compromise being made by Supergirl and Power Girl, it was still a fun read.

  • 80

    Derby Comics

    Mariko Tamaki’s return to writing for Supergirl is an excellent character analysis that makes you wish DC would give Kara Zor-El the same type of push as any of Superman or Batman’s male sidekicks. Tamaki’s story is deeply personal and touches on many of the internal struggles Kara has dealt with over the past few years, mostly due to her being used as plot device to move other characters’ stories forward, on top of the struggles she’s dealt with as one of the few survivors of Krypton on an alien world. Skylar Patridge’s art and Marissa Louise’s colors are a perfect match for the moody tone of the book, with muted pastels helping to create a visually compelling look into the world of Kara’s psyche. Hopefully this can be a springboard for a character who deserves more (and better).

  • 73

    Superman Homepage

    I am not a huge fan of the brooding Supergirl, it feels like that’s all we’ve gotten since she came back in Superman/Batman, and I hope we can get to more of a hopeful, well adjusted, happy Supergirl. But this story has to be a building block towards that, it is too superficial to be the key moment of healing for her.

  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    Taking a personal approach with this Supergirl Special by exploring Kara Zor-El’s mentality tapped into the potential presented by the current Superman Family status quo. Mariko Tamaki and Skylar Patridge maximize the time they are given to tell a full story in this one comic. In doing so they create an even stronger foundation for a future Supergirl series to start with right away.

  • 60

    Major Spoilers

    The biggest concern I have with Supergirl Special #1 is that, by the end of the issue, nothing has actually happened to change the lives of Kara and the other Kara, and while it’s nice to see some quiet moments of conversation and cupcake-sharing, it’s not a six-dollar special worth of comics. There’s a lot of charming stuff to be found in these pages, though, including some moments that parallel Tamaki’s Super: Being Human limited series a few years ago, so the hardcore fans of the Girl of Steel may disagree with me.

  • 40

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Supergirl Special #1 is a strange comic. Kara continues to explore unresolved feelings about being the second-best Kryptonian, feelings that have been addressed and resolved multiple times before, and the art is mediocre at best. For the excessive cover price, Supergirl fans should expect much better than this comic.

  • 40

    The Comic Book Spot

    I think that DC Comics is better off killing Supergirl than making stories like this just to drain $6.00 from its readers.

  • 20

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    DC … the next time, let a writer who understands and loves the character write Supergirl. Because this book does not celebrate the character.

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