We’re four issues into the new “Supergirl,” and while overall it’s not a bad comic, it’s hard to shake the feeling that this series is moving at a snail’s pace.
By this point in time, we’ve still got a character who doesn’t speak the language of anyone (except for Superman) on Earth, doesn’t believe the situation she’s in, and has had limited contact with anyone or anything. I get that Michael Green and Mike Johnson are going for a slow burn here, keeping Supergirl as a proverbial fish out of water. Still, there comes a point where the character needs to start getting a little with it before you run the risk of frustrating your readers.
“Supergirl” #4 finishes up the two-part introduction of Mr. Tycho, a character that feels like he’s supposed to be Supergirl’s version of Lex Luthor. But while Tycho’s introduction last issue was interesting, this month transforms him into much more of a standard bad guy. There are still some hints about how Tycho wants to use things learned from Supergirl for his own means but, short of twirling a mustache, he’s going a little too off the edge into stereotype.
Supergirl herself, despite her general naivete, isn’t a bad character. Now that the “lash out at everything around her” phase appears to be over, she’s coming across as compassionate and a little more centered. I’d like to see this process accelerate a bit, but there’s promise in the new Supergirl. She’s still operating in so much of a vacuum, though, that it’s hard to get a good feel on what she’ll be like in the greater DC Comics Universe.
Mahmud Asrar’s art is solid. He’s best when he gets the big flashy scenes, like Supergirl cold-cocking her captors, or bursting through the floor with a punch and a kick. Tycho’s scenes are mostly saved thanks to Asrar, too; that steely gaze of his makes him creepier than the script deals out. There’s the occasional panel that feels a little rough here and there, but on the whole I like what Asrar’s doing here.
“Supergirl” as a series feels like it’s summed up in this issue in terms of quality. It’s all right, but it needs a bit more spring to its step. I feel like Green, Johnson, and Asrar have all the pieces in front of them for a really good series, but so far they aren’t coming together quite fast enough. Hopefully introductions are almost over and we can start heading forward at full speed soon.