Supergirl Special #1 Review: Too Many Supergirls

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In Supergirl Special #1, DC Comics is finally trying to figure out what the deal is with their two different Supergirls: Kara, and Power Girl.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Supergirl Special #1 Review:

Writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Skyler Patridge try to sort out who Kara Zor-El is now that Power Girl is basically doing all the stuff she used to do, in this one-shot special. Good thing they brought cupcakes.

Host Alex Zalben appreciated tackling the confusion between Supergirl and her alternate universe version head-on since he “felt like [Supergirl] was getting a little lost here.” He also thought Mariko Tamaki gave “some good flavor to Supergirl here,” and loved Patridge’s art. However, he did not love the book because he felt the idea of Power Girl and Supergirl finally figuring out their differences wasn’t resolved in this issue. He also thought putting a cupcake on top of another cupcake is too many cupcakes.

Pete LePage disagreed with Zalben’s assessment of both the book and the cupcakes, saying, “Everybody eats two cupcakes at once. That’s how it works.” More to the point, he liked that “instead of fighting, they’re leaning into it and learning more about each other and themselves, which is a beautiful thing to have happen.”

Justin Tyler doesn’t like cupcakes in general, but he “enjoyed the art,” and also appreciated that DC “anticipated it was going to be a take coming out of the redesign of the characters,” that they were following similar arcs. “Supergirl has a lot going on internally… That’s what this was about. [I’m] looking forward to more from her.”

Supergirl Special #1 Official Synopsis:

GIRL INTERRUPTED! After joining the Superman Family and their heroic efforts in Metropolis, Kara thought she had found her place in the world. But there’s only room in town for one Supergirl, and Power Girl’s sudden reappearance has made her redundant. Her identity and role are both in question as she looks for answers. Will they lead her out of the city or out of this world? Find out as critically acclaimed writer Mariko Tamaki (SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER) returns to the Maid of Might with the help of Skylar Patridge (WONDER WOMAN)!

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