Tony Bedard, Yildiray Cinar and Ray McCarthy are the new creative team debuting on “Supergirl” #26, and coming in after two years on a title is always going to be at least a little fraught with peril. While Bedard and Cinar’s first issue isn’t off to a bad start, it’s also not the most gripping.
Part of Bedard’s script for “Supergirl” #26 feels like it’s mopping up the storylines from the previous creative team, as well as clarifying what’s happened recently. Supergirl’s medical issues are clarified as still being cured, but along with that all but one member of her supporting cast have been removed from the deck as well. The one character that’s remaining (Dr. Shay Veritas) is one that Bedard clearly has some plans and mysteries invested in. I’d have been a little more impressed if Bedard didn’t have to play the, “I’ll tell you later” method of stretching out the arrival of exposition when it comes to her, but for now I’ll buy it.
The problem is that as a first storyline, having the new version of Lobo rolling in isn’t the most exciting start. Bedard’s going to a bit of the anti-hero interpretation here (with Lobo giving the exploited dancers a chance to get revenge in the opening sequence), but it feels like it’s losing sight of the idea of Lobo by doing so. I actually don’t care at all about the new slimmed down, slightly younger physical changes to the character, but it’s the muted personality that feels a bit problematic. Lobo’s larger-than-life, in-your-face, anything-goes personality was the biggest attraction to the character in his previous incarnation. Remove the ticking time bomb part of Lobo and you end up with someone very generic, and that’s what we’ve got here. This could have been any one of a number of characters instead of Lobo.
Cinar and McCarthy’s art looks good, probably the best art I’ve seen from Cinar in a while. The figures are very carefully drawn to look human when it comes to proportions and basic stances. I really like how well he’d drawing Supergirl’s upset expressions, and she comes across as very relatable in those moments. Add in some good action sequences, like Lobo attacking the crime lord in Bangkok, and I feel like Cinar’s a good addition to the title.
“Supergirl” #26 isn’t off to a great start, but given time this could be heading in the right direction. I do wish that for a first issue on the title, though, that Bedard’s script had a little more punch. He’s written more engaging comics than this one before, so I know he’s got it in him. Fingers crossed.