Supergirl Episode 2 – Stronger Together

I didn’t expect to be reviewing each episode as it came out (and I make no promises that I will) but I guess it’s interesting, for me at least, to see how this show grows.

Stronger Together wasn’t bad on the whole – the cast all did what they needed to as well as they could – and the storyline of Kara beginning to get to grips with her powers and responsibilities after a couple of big missteps worked. I hope the whole “start small and build up” continues for a while rather than the show saying “Well, we showed her stopping a store robbery so we can tick that off the list” and jumping straight ahead into her preventing global meltdown or something. Relationships are building with Hank Henshaw appearing to slowly accept Supergirl, although the potential love triangle/jealousy thing between Kara, Jimmy (sorry, James) and the other guy she works with seems a little forced. I say “the other guy” because until I looked him up on imdb, I wasn’t even sure of his name as he’s had that little to do so far; discovering his name – Winn Schott – and recognising that as an alias for the Toyman in the comics makes me wonder if something more is going to be done with him.

Supergirl Episode 2

Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant delivers a speech about how she, as a woman, had to work a damn sight harder to get where she is today and I’ve no doubt some areas of the internet will grumble about that, proclaiming the show as pushing some liberal/feminist agenda. Get over yourselves – everything Cat said is true and if something like this goes even a tiny way to improving or encouraging equality for women, I’m all for it.

A couple of things did irk me – the flashback to young Kara on Krypton basically saying “Oh, mother, I want to grow up to be just like you” just came across as too sickly sweet: do any but the most annoying and precocious of children speak like that?

The fight between Kara and Alura featured them both flying/hovering within a warehouse – the show’s had a good use of special effects so far, but two actors/stunt doubles fighting on wires is always going to look just like that and, for a moment, made the show look a little cheaper.

Still, by and large this is enjoyable so far and is still finding its feet so I’m definitely sticking around for a while.

And if you’re wondering about Supergirl, you could do worse than check out the wonderful blog by Ty Templeton where he tells you

Supergirl in Four Panels

Check it out here.


The Paybacks #1

Paybacks 01Picked up a copy of The Paybacks #1 from Dark Horse last week on the strength of the ad and the write up in Previews a couple of months ago.

And I’m glad I did, too!

The basic premise is that being a superhero is expensive and, to pay for all the “wonderful toys” costs money. As we all know, cash is hard to come by these days so heroes will take out loans in order to maintain their lifestyle / obsessive crime-fighting habit. Trouble is, being on the side of the angels isn’t exactly renowned for monetary rewards – these people do it for the warm glow it gives them, right? But if there’s no money coming in, then the loans don’t get repaid which is where The Paybacks come in – “the world’s first and best super-repo team” as the inside cover has it.

The team is split into two with the first team’s target being the London based Archibald Primrose III, aka Night Knight who has a stately manor (complete with butler) and a cave beneath it stuffed full of gadgets – yeah, they went there. Elsewhere, the remaining members are trying to track down Battery, a key part of the Command, the world’s greatest superhero team.

Night Knight gets alerted to the presence of the team by his butler while he’s out apparently saving the Queen from the mirror-based villain Reflectoid:

Paybacks - Night Knight

While apprehending the Night Knight (eventually) works out just fine, the mission to get to Battery is less successful with most of the second team’s members being killed off screen before we’ve even met them. Which is a shame as with names like Destroyladon and Sister Mary Frankenstein, I want to know more.

The tone of this issue is light with jokes aplenty, both dialogue and visually and, as it’s mostly set up and introduction the characters are mostly broad brush strokes, the mysterious Driver being the one who gets most to do as he links both teams’ stories, but there’s plenty here to entice me to a second and further issues.

All in all, a splendid first issue from writers Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal with art by Geoff Shaw, coloured by Lauren Affe.