- Posted by Johanna on December 10, 2008 at 7:11 am
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics
I’d been looking forward to this new kids’ comic because of its creative team. It’s written by Landry Walker with art by Eric Jones, the same team behind Little Gloomy.
I was expecting something cute and funny (like Tiny Titans, for example), but I was surprised to see this comic skew a little older and deeper.
Walker and Jones don’t shy away from some of the darker aspects of the classic Supergirl story. There’s comedy in how the girl, new to Earth, doesn’t understand or overreacts to her new powers, but there’s also depression: a whim on her part results in her being separated from her parents and home, perhaps forever, and she doesn’t fit in anywhere any more.
These are potent childhood fears that provide welcome depth to the fluffy top layer, which keeps it all from being too grim. It’s a tricky balance handled impressively well. Landry and Walker have modernized the story to make something that kids may actually want to read (as opposed to something that their parents want them to read because it’s safe).
Plus, you know, she’s cute.