Last week I finished rereading a graphic novel in the DC Universe. It was in the Batman/Superman universe and it told (or more accurately) retold the SuperGirl origin story and the first meeting of Kara Zor-El.
I really liked this Graphic Novel a lot–although I think it one me over in large part due to Michael Turner’s artwork (an artist from Crossville, TN who died way too soon & who will be missed).
I like the way that the story was told and I also liked the dual-inner monologue that allowed the reader to see the story from both Batman’s and Superman’s point of view. I also liked the actual narrative of the plot and the way that the story unfolded. Kara’s “capture” and subsequent turn to the dark side seemed a little forced, but considering the time constraints of the story and the compressed nature of the narrative, I was able to look past this minor flaw. I did think that they made too much of the dislike of Krypto (the Super-Dog) of Kara as it seemed to be going somewhere, but doesn’t actually pay-off. I think it could have been rectified had their just been a panel or two showing a reconciliation or acceptance of Kara by Krypto at the end. It wasn’t major, but no resolution of it did bother me a small bit.
Michael Turner was an extremely talented artist. I have another graphic novel by him that I will also be rereading and responding to later, but I enjoy reading stories that have his artwork. His style is very bold and expressive and he reminds me of my favorite comic/graphic artists–Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee. His style was very mature and I’m glad that his work became popular and got a wider exposure before his untimely death. His style has that element of vivaciousness without devolving into “cartoony” that some artists seem to slip into when they draw. His two page spreads were among the best in the business as they seemed among the most readable–either visually or when paired with words.
A+. If it isn’t apparent, I really like this story and this graphic novel. The art and the story come together and produce a very strong narrative that I could (and have) read over and over again.