- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Series: Supergirl
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (June 5, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401268943
- ISBN-13: 978-1401268947
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“An interesting choice for those looking for more than the usual hero fare.” —Kirkus
“An impressive standout.” —Booklist starred review
"A pretty perfect balance between what one might expect in a more realistic, 'literature'-style comic book and a superhero comic."—School Library Journal, Good Comics for Kids
“Gorgeously rendered.” —Nerdist
“A gateway for new readers.” —Hollywood Reporter
“This is the most grounded, authentic Supergirl I’ve ever read.” —The Mary Sue
“Supergirl: Being Super is a comic book that was long overdue. “ —SYFY Wire
"The best kind of origin story...outstanding." —A.V. Club/The Onion
"Award-winning author Mariko Tamaki delivers a heartfelt, modern take on Kara Danvers’ early years on Earth that’s heartbreaking and endearing all at once." —Paste Magazine
"Being Super explores the challenges of growing up and coming to terms with changing friendships…as well as those pesky superpowers." —Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer living in Oakland. Works include New York Times bestseller This One Summer and Skim with Jillian Tamaki, Emiko Superstar with Steve Rolston and the YA novel (You) Set Me on Fire. This One Summer was the winner of Printz and Caldecott Honors in 2015 and received the Eisner for Best Graphic Album (New).
Joëlle Jones is an Eisner-nominated artist currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Since attending PNCA in Portland, OR, she has contributed to a wide range of projects and has most recently begun writing and drawing her own series, LADY KILLER, published by Dark Horse comics. Jones has also provided the art for SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER and Superman: American Alien(DC), Helheim, Brides of Helheim (Oni Press) and MOCKINGBIRD (Marvel). She's also done work for Boom! Studios, The New York Times, Vertigo and more! Joëlle will be taking on projects for DC and Marvel this year as well as continuing her series Lady Killer.
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It's almost all origin story and setup, but from a sixteen year old girl's vantage point. NO SPOILERS, but we learn how Kara ended up on Earth and we get to see her awaken into her potential. She's angsty and there's some serious drama, but it all fits into her new frame. I appreciated the light touch with her adoptive parents, the hints about Krypton, and the fact that Kara got to have a funny, kick-butt friend, (who steals every scene she's in), to help her become super. There's violence and loss and action and self-doubt and everything else you might expect from a super-powered teen coming of age story, but it all seemed to be directed to an authentic and hopefully even upbeat take on Supergirl.
You won't, however, know that for sure from this volume. It's long, but it doesn't kick in to phase two until the last few pages. It ends, as Professor Jones said about young Indiana, just when it was about to get interesting. But that's the nature of origin stories. It was entertaining, (and the art is crisp, colorful, expressive, and dynamic), and it showed promise. To me, there's generic standard issue teen angst for YA readers, and then there's the real deal that actually sometimes feels true and important. You get some of that here, and there are strong hints that Tamaki and Jones were destined to be the team to pull this off. In any event, I'll be happy to see where this new Supergirl goes.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
I've always been more of a Marvel kind of girl but the recent resurgence of Wonder Woman and Supergirl have piqued my interest enough to make me select this origin story which comprises the first four comics in the 2016-2017 series reboot.
The first thing I have to say about this Supergirl run is how much I love Joëlle Jones's illustrations. They are terrific and give us characters with diversity, including diverse body types, facial expressions that convey emotion, and clear body (non-verbal) language. The color work is also great. Honestly, I can think of dozens of comics I wish she had drawn.
Mariko Tamaki has managed to capture the teenage angst and uncertainty of Kara's life in a way that brings this origin story to life. She captures the relationship between Kara and her adoptive parents well. She gives enough of a backstory for her arrival to earth to help make sense of how it is that Kara's powers have been kept under wraps and at what cost this has come to her parents. Her friendships with Jen and Dolly feel real, as does her mourning the loss of a friend when her strength is being mysteriously drained. Kara's motivations to balance her Kryptonian origins and her human family and friends flow naturally from the story as developed by Tamaki. My only reservation about the storyline is the unidimensionality of the villain Tan-On. While we get something of his origins, his hateful and violent nature in the timeframe of the story seems too flat.
I'm looking forward to more installments in this series and definitely hope that Tamaki and Jones remain on board for future volumes. They've done a super job with the first four installments. ;)