I know what you’re thinking after reading the title of this article. “Another bunch of character backstories we’ve already heard a thousand times?” Truth be told, I thought the same thing when Secret Origins Issue #1 arrived on my doorstep. How many different ways can the same tales be told in a different way?
Secret Origins Issue #1 gives the roots of Superman, Robin, and Supergirl. On the surface, they’re the very same accounts we’ve all grown up with. All the same elements are present. However, little details are added here and there. I found some acceptable and others undesirable and bothersome.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but one example of change for the sake of change is certain characters are given different backgrounds than what we’ve come to know and accept. The destinies of Jonathan and Martha Kent upset me more than anything. Let me give you a hint of what to expect: think Batman.
Different writers and artists tackle each of the individual segments in Secret Origins Issue #1. Writer Greg Pak and penciler Lee Weeks handle creative duties for Superman. Kyle Higgins pens Robin’s backstory with Doug Mahnke handling art. Tony Bedard tells the tale of Supergirl while Paulo Siqueira provides the illustrations. Each one adequately brings their own talents to the table.
Secret Origins Issue #1 is rated “T” for Teen. It’s pretty tame and there’s not even any foul language in it that I can recall. Of course it features the typical comic book violence, but that’s about it.
Most longtime readers won’t find Secret Origins Issue #1 to be something they’re going to feel the need to rush out and buy. It’s perfect for someone who’s new to the comic book world and needs a quick education on where our super heroes came from. Overall, I wouldn’t consider this to be something you need to run out and purchase as soon as it hits newsstands.
Secret Origins #1 is available now in print and Kindle editions.
For more articles by Eric Shirey, check out:
‘DC Universe Secret Origins’ Graphic Novel Review
Batman/Superman Annual #1 Has the Two Heroes’ Families Working Together for the First Time
“Batgirl/Robin: Year One” Graphic Novel Collects Expanded Origin Stories