Writer: Sterling Gates
Release Date: 8th February, 2016
After a solid first issue, Sterling Gates and Bengal’s digital-first Adventures of Supergirl series keeps up its early momentum here as we open with Kara Zor-El desperately attempting to rescue her sister from a plummeting helicopter. This chapter features a much better balance between character development and action, and with the initial introductions and origin story recapping out of the way, Gates can finally start pushing his story arc forwards.
Admittedly, the series still struggles a little with its format; the digital-first approach only giving us 10 pages at a time – an infuriatingly short amount for my tastes . To his credit though, Gates is doing an admirable job of putting together some impressive bite-size chapters complete with a dash of action, a dash of plot advancement and a tasty cliffhanger to keep us coming back for more. I’m still maintaining that this this series is going to read a lot better a few chapters at a time, but for what it’s worth, I’m not sure you could utilise the format any better than Gates is doing right now.
Once again, Bengal’s dynamic, cartoony artwork fits perfectly with the tone of the series, with the grinning, blue-eyed Kara injecting the pages with a sense of boundless enthusiasm, even when dealing with seemingly dire situations. His colours are impressive throughout, and while the onomatopoeia can occasionally overshadow the artwork a little, there’s no denying that the French artist possesses pretty much the perfect visual style for a series set in this particular universe.
Thankfully, no prior knowledge of the CBS series is required – although fans of the show will definitely get a little bit more out of some of the cameos and references – and Gates takes a moment here to build up the relationship between Kara and her sister before cranking up the action again.
Another bright and lively chapter then, and a wonderful companion piece to the similarly bright and lively CBS television show. While it’s not necessarily pushing the envelope all that much, at least for the time being, there’s no doubt that this series is accomplishing exactly what it set out to thus far. Fans of the show will absolutely love this, and there’s still a lot of enjoyment to be had for relative newcomers like myself. Well worth a look, folks.
The first two chapters of ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL are available from ReadDCEntertainment.com now, priced just $0.99 (or 69p in real money).