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Supergirl #0 - The End of the Beginning Review

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Is Supergirl's origin story worth reading?

The Good

We all know what happened to Krypton (spoiler alert: it went boom), but now we get an in-depth look at how Zor-El handled the demise of his home. What immediately stands out for me is the art by Mahmud Asrar (complimented well by Dave McCaig's colors). His style manages to combine a more unrealistic and cartoonish appearance with a pleasant amount of detail, especially when it comes to close-ups of Zor-El. There's a superb panel of Zor-El hunched over with his eyes closed. You can really feel the emotional weight behind what he's feeling in that key scene.

Supergirl might be on the cover, but this isn't Kara's story... it's Zor-El's. By far the most interesting part of the plot is seeing the contrast between what he says and what he thinks. The end is near and he's made the impossible choice of trying to save only his daughter, despite how that will hinder every aspect of his life. Saying he's between a rock and a hard place would be a vast understatement and writers Michael Green and Mike Johnson do a fine job conveying that.

The Bad

Unfortunately, you don't need to have any experience with Supergirl for this story to feel all too familiar. In the end, I sadly had no real desire for a second read through or to flip through pages to relive some of the scenes. Consistently solid, but no moments truly packed a punch for me.

Zero issues are promoted as being new reader friendly. Even if you're not following the events of the ongoing, its meant to provide an informative look at the root of the character. That said, this issue certainly accomplishes that objective, but Superboy makes a cameo and I have no idea how or why he's there. Will loyal readers of Supergirl or Superboy know? Probably, but I'm trying to give every zero a shot and his seemingly random inclusion was off-putting.

Verdict

Issue 0 of Supergirl is a short and enjoyable read. It's a familiar story that widely plays it safe, but the invested look into Zor-El's heavy conflict and Asrar's art take center stage. This is certainly worth a purchase if you have any interest in the character.

18 Comments
Posted by Deranged Midget

Sadly, the majority of the "Super" books, with the exception of Action comics, are no more than average. Good review!

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Posted by danhimself

it was a really average issue except for the Superboy cameo which raised a LOT of questions

Posted by pspin

This issue was excellent, that wasn't Superboy though, it was Kon. In Superboy 0 it talks about a clone, named Kon, who basically began the end of Krypton and he looked almost exactly like Superboy and even though he was supposed to be dead, they never found the clone's body, and he was only a few generations older than Kara and Kal-El so it could be him. To know that you would have to have read Superboy 0 or else it would make no sense.

It was the only real "flaw" but since I read Superboy 0 it made sense sot I thought the cross over was cool but I see how that could be really confusing of you didn't read it.

Posted by danhimself

@pspin said:

This issue was excellent, that wasn't Superboy though, it was Kon. In Superboy 0 it talks about a clone, named Kon, who basically began the end of Krypton and he looked almost exactly like Superboy and even though he was supposed to be dead, they never found the clone's body, and he was only a few generations older than Kara and Kal-El so it could be him. To know that you would have to have read Superboy 0 or else it would make no sense.

It was the only real "flaw" but since I read Superboy 0 it made sense sot I thought the cross over was cool but I see how that could be really confusing of you didn't read it.

Kon had facial tattoos

Posted by Eivion

No idea why Superboy was there. Its obviously part of a plot line for a later story. I'm not really sure how it hurt the issue. I thought this was actually quite good for Zor-El's story. It served to answer a some questions that had been lingering from the first arc of Supergirl. I think you underrate it to be honest.

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Posted by stephens2177

pspin you are wrong,that is superboy,he is in supergirl,supwrgirl showed in his book,time travel fun anyone?

Posted by pspin

@danhimself: True but he probably tried a little subtlety after he "died," I really can't think of anyone else that could be, you know

Posted by Vance Astro

What happened with Kandor? I could never figure this out. Is Supergirl Kryptonian or Kandorian..or is that the same thing? Is Kandor a part of Krypton or is it another thing entirely.

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Posted by danhimself

@pspin: it's Superboy!

Posted by danhimself

@Vance Astro said:

What happened with Kandor? I could never figure this out. Is Supergirl Kryptonian or Kandorian..or is that the same thing? Is Kandor a part of Krypton or is it another thing entirely.

Kandor was a city on Krypton

Posted by Vance Astro
@danhimself said:

Kandor was a city on Krypton

Ok thanks.
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Posted by lifeboy

@pspin: yeah! way to break it off in some ones behind!

Posted by Whitedog

I loved this issue...

Yeah, it might have been a destruction of Krypton story, but it was more how it was told. I loved it.

Edited by SoA

this deserves 5 stars, great little origin story , and made me curious to as why and how superboy is there, it also gave a little contrast to how kara left krypton as opposed to how superman left .

Posted by Zoch81

I've really enjoyed this issue and say this least deserves 4 stars, I curious how and why Superboy was there but then last week Supergirl was in Superboy book so curious how she got there some kind of time-travel that Kon tried get Alura to say goodbye Kara, is this way going establish relationship and bond between Kara and Kon. I'm glad found out who shot Zor-El that wasn't murdered but just stunned overall I thought this was very good issue.

Posted by stephens2177

maybe harvest is a time traveller,and the three SUPERs have to stop him from changing the pazt,or destroying the future.

just as a crazy idea,maybe harvest created superboy by getting dna samples through different times,like before krypton exploded,or in legion times.

Posted by Perfect 10

it was a good issue. supergirl is the BEST of all the super books, the most interesting and fun. this issue posed more questions then answers. what experiments was her father doing to her? is it the same experiments that were done to pre-52 supergirl that embedded sunstones in her body or something else? how in the world did superboy show up on krypton? i assume it has something to do with time travel but when and how is that going to play out? other then that it was cool to see krypton and jor-el looked cooler then superman in his gear. i can't wait for superman 0 which from the cover focuses on jor-el