Oooooooweee. There's a whole lot of story in Steve Orlando and Emanuela Lupacchino's Supergirl Rebirth #1, but the enjoyment, fun and intrigue were never lost.
Supergirl, as a character, had one of the rougher rides in the New 52 era. Kara had lost her powers and frankly, her story was ... a mess. She deserved better, and now she's got it with one of the best writers in the game right now, Steve Orlando.
Orlando does an excellent job in this issue of tying up loose ends. He gets Kara her powers back and sets up the future of Supergirl in one issue. Not an easy task for anyone, but Orlando does it with his usual flair for fun and action.
The only negative here is that we don't get a lot of time to breathe.
This issue is BANG BANG BANG from page 1 to page 32, and it doesn't allow the reader a lot of insight into Supergirl as a character. However, given the state Kara was left in by the New 52, one has to believe we'll see Orlando get readers a more intimate feel for the titular heroine sooner rather than later.
While Emanuela Lupacchino won't be the series regular artist (Brian Ching takes over in September, more on that later), she does an excellent job this issue. Her action scenes are crisp and sizzle with energy while her work in the few smaller moments shines as well. Lupacchino's splash page where Kara gets her powers back is a stunner and worth the $2.99 all on its own.
Also, much love goes to the colors from Michael Atyieh. This books jumps off the page at you, everything pops. Plus, Steve Wands continues to be a name that makes me smile when I see he is on lettering. It's the little things that make a book special and Wands does those things excellently here.
As I mentioned earlier, Brian Ching takes over on art in September but Emanuela Lupacchino will remain on covers, which is awesome for everyone. I'm a big fan of Ching and his style, so I look forward to the next issue of a promising book.
FINAL RATING: 8/10 Phantom Drives
Supergirl is in good hands with the very talented Steve Orlando, Brian Ching in September, and Emanuela Lupacchino going forward. While this issue was cram full of information, it set the table for a great run going forward.