Michael Green, Mike Johnson and Mahmud Asrar throw some incredible odds against the Girl of Steel in “Supergirl” #7, pitting her against four Worldkillers: creatures bred for battle by the scientists of Krypton.
Green and Johnson choreograph a blockbuster battle for the five super-powered beings. The city is enclosed in a force filed that restricts the location of the fight, but that hardly matters with Mahmud Asrar on art. If I were suddenly and irrevocably unable to read and comprehend the English language, this comic would still be a thrill for me thanks in large part to Asrar’s art. Asrar’s style is less concerned with dimple and divot level detail, but more focused on the atmosphere of the settings, the shading of the characters and the emotions carried by expression and body language. On first blush, it truly looks simplistic, until you begin to recognize where Asrar has added tones and where Dave McCaig begins coloring.
Asrar provides a nice homage to the original cover of the first volume of “Action Comics” #1. The iconic image in Asrar’s marker-toned illustration and brilliantly colored by McCaig, is easily worth the $2.99 cover price. In fact, it’s just one of snippet of twenty pages filled with non-stop combat. In addition to the qualities mentioned above, Asrar frequently has his figures break out of their panels, giving the pages a more urgent feel and making this book read more quickly.
With four Worldkillers all having different planetary origins, it becomes critical to give each its own voice. Green and Johnson individualize each of those characters and Rob Leigh puts visuals to each Worldkiller’s dialog. That truly helps give each of the Worldkillers a distinct voice and aids the reader in keeping them all separated. All the way through, from story to sound effects, this comic is a true collaborative effort and it is hard to imagine this title being quite as enjoyable without any one of the assembled creative masters.
When DC relaunched their comics in September, they set up the schedule for specific titles to be released on certain weeks. For example, every third week of the month, DC publishes some of the best comics on its slate: “Batman,” “Wonder Woman” and “Supergirl.” That’s some pretty stiff competition “Supergirl” faces from her own company each and every month. However, this comic delivers right alongside those others and this issue is a perfect example of why. It’s the conclusion to a story that’s been going on for a few issues, but everything you need to know about the character and her predicament is right here. You owe it to yourself to check out this great book releasing every third week of the month.