The “Adventures of Supergirl” Comic is Coming to Print in May
DC Comics has announced that the digital-first Adventures of Supergirl comic will be released in print issues twice-monthly starting in May! The bi-weekly digital issues have been regularly hitting DC’s Digital Top Sellers list since the series debuted in January, and demand for a Supergirl comic generated by the TV show’s success has (unsurprisingly) been strong enough for DC Comics to offer it in print for comic shops as well.
A print release will allow the series to more easily reach fans of the TV series who walk into comic shops looking for Supergirl and are disappointed not to find any related comics on the shelves right now. This is terrific news, and a testament to the work done by writer Sterling Gates and interior artists Bengal, Jonboy Meyers, Anthony John Rauch, and cover artist Cat Staggs, and the wonderful editorial team of Kristy Quinn and Jessica Chen in the digital comics division.
There is a widespread misconception that DC Comics was caught offguard by the CBS series’ success and that’s why it took until January for the tie-in comic to be released. In fact, Sterling Gates was approached to work on Adventures of Supergirl way back in spring 2015, before he’d even seen the pilot. According to a Newsarama interview, Gates began working closely with the show’s producers in late summer/early fall to make sure his book would fit with the TV show’s take. Gates also confirmed that the comic takes place early in season one, when Kara has been Supergirl for only a couple months.
The first print issue of Adventures of Supergirl, which will collect the first 3 digital chapters, will be available in stores on May 11th and can be pre-ordered from comic retailers now. The trade paperback collection of the full 6-issue series (13 digital chapters) will be released in September and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.
Here is the official press release:
Due to popular demand, DC Entertainment will now be offering The Adventures of Supergirl as a limited-run six-issue periodical, prior to the collected edition release this fall. The Adventures of Supergirl will now ship twice monthly for three months, beginning with THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL #1 (collecting Digital First chapters 1-3) on May 11th, 2016.
The Adventures of Supergirl is a Digital First comic book series that launched online in January 2016, inspired by the CBS hit TV series SUPERGIRL. Critically acclaimed series writer Sterling Gates is joined by a cast of rotating artists including Bengal, Jonboy Meyers, Pop Mhan, Emanuela Lupacchino, Carmen Carnero, Cat Staggs and Emma Vieceli.
“The Adventures of Supergirl is a fun, accessible, exciting comic featuring an optimistic and positive heroine going up against some huge threats,” Gates told NEWSARAMA in a recent interview. “There are so few books like that in the current comics marketplace, in my opinion, and given the show’s popularity, Supergirl should be leading that charge.”
Paralleling but not duplicating storylines from the Monday night TV show, The Adventures of Supergirl introduces fans to Kara Zor-El, who is determined to grow into the super-hero her powers promise. But are dark forces pushing her to improve faster than is safe? As Supergirl faces classic DCU villains like Rampage, Vril Dox and Psi, she’s got no reason to suspect that their attacks have been coordinated, but when the final battle comes to a head, she’ll need to use all of her training, her DEO contacts, her friends’ talents and her sister’s love and support to get through it all!
“I just want to thank all the #Supergirl fans for their continued support,” said Gates. “The response to Adventures has been tremendous so far, and I want to thank people for spreading the word about us.
“I also wanted to say that I’m beyond thrilled to be writing this book. Supergirl’s one of my favorite characters, and I’m always so excited to write a Supergirl story. I’ve hoped for years that I’d eventually make my way back to the character again.”
The Adventures of Supergirl digital chapters are available for download bi-weekly on Monday via the DC Comics App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus.
via DC Comics