I’ve checked out DC’s Digital First series Ame-Comi Girls a few times before, collecting all three issues of both Wonder Woman and Power Girl as soon as they were released. So far, my impression of the series has been lukewarm: the art is a breath of fresh, creative air but the writing isn’t all too amazing. As Supergirl is one of my favorite characters, I decided to give the series a final chance and check out this newest chapter in the Ame-Comi Girls Saga. Does this issue imply the series is on the right track? Or has it hit a dead end?
Ame-Comi Girls V: Supergirl #1 starts immediately after the end of Ame-Comi Girls IV: Power Girl #3. Power Girl finds her cousin in a Kansas cornfield, and almost immediately Brainiac, a female in this continuity, attacks Earth. Supergirl explains that Brainiac was prophesized to destroy Krypton and their fathers, Jor-El and Zor-El, attempted to stop the invasion but failed, resulting in Krypton’s destruction. After a bit more exposition, the stage is set for a battle against Brainiac’s android army and her allies including Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Duela Dent.
Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti headed up writing duties yet again for this title. The writing was, in a word, flat. Almost nothing happened in this issue and, while the historical explanation was valuable, it dragged in my opinion. There were no moments of dialogue that really stood out, and no narrative choices I hadn’t seen somewhere before. It’s a shame, because I know this duo can produce some truly amazing material (as seen in titles such as All-Star Western). Perhaps, shackled to this source material, they aren’t given much free reign. Speculation aside, the writing is nothing impressive.
A new artist seems to take the helm with each new arc of Ame-Comi Girls. This time, Santi Casas took command. Sadly, Casas’s art is nowhere near as good as the previous artists I’ve seen on this title. The characters were off-model quite a bit and their proportions were horribly done; perhaps this was an attempt at fan-service, but to me it just seemed strange and awkward. The cover, drawn by Emanuela Lupacchino and pictured above, is amazing; I wish the art within could live up to the standard of that awesome image of Supergirl flying through space. Sadly, the cover makes up less than a twentieth of the comic’s art, and so I must say that the art is even lower quality than the writing.
Ame-Comi Girls V: Supergirl #1 isn’t a great title. It was an enjoyable way for me to pass a few minutes, but that’s about it. It’s possible that the next two issues could redeem this one, but even if they’re better you should probably just skip this issue. Another problem is that you need to have read the Ame-Comi Power Girl issues in order for this one to make sense. Even with the 99 cent price tag, it’s just not worth it. If you really want to read it, borrow it from a friend who has a comixology account.
Brett Simon is a twenty-two year old comic enthusiast. He’s starting to wonder if he’s not really in the target audience for this title.