Penciller: Karl Moline
Inker: Jose Marzan Jr.
Letters: Rob Leigh
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: August 20th 2014
After last month’s conclusion to the Red Daughter of Krypton story line, comes an all-new 6 part adventure for our resident Argonian. Suffering from the deadly effects of Kryptonite in the Earth’s atmosphere, a by-product of the Government’s attempt to stop a temporarily evil Superman, Kara finds herself befriending a wheelchair bound boy, helping to clear a mess which began towns over, totally unprepared for the drama that is about to take hold.
In such a stark contrast to the previous arc, and understandably so, as Kara is no longer fuelled by the anger subjected upon her by the Red Lanterns, this arc begins in a much calmer way. Tony Bedard writes this issue perfectly, highlighting the fact that it is a separate story line from the previous issues, but effortlessly and effectively using flashbacks to show the demons Kara is now carrying with her, which are sure to influence Supergirl for many issues to come.
These influences are seen straight off the bat. Supergirl is portrayed, not just in the way she acts, but in the way she is expertly drawn by Karl Moline, to be more vulnerable, as if she has been affected by everything that has happened to her and around her. She somewhat resembles a small child, in the way that she is shown to be cautiously choosing her actions, and constantly seeking encouragement and reassurance from those around her. It’s such a different Kara from what I’m used to, especially considering the way in which she first appeared on the scene; in an unforgiving blaze of glory.
The artwork, both by Karl Moline and Jose Marzan Jr, is of an astounding quality. While not giving anything away, the excerpt shown is just a snippet to highlight the attention to detail used throughout this issue. The use of colours further adds to the quality of the artwork presented. It’s so refreshing to see Kara in something other than Red, as in the previous arc, and the Red Lantern issues Kara has graced with her presence.
Overall, this has proven to be an exceptional issue. Supergirl is experiencing more joys of humanity, which is refreshing to see, as the Red Daughter of Krypton story arc seemed to have temporarily stripped her of part of what made her Kara; her compassion. The artwork is instrumental in helping us to see the effect the previous events have had on the young Argonian, while the writing and the story line itself has reinforced why we fell in love with Kara in the first place.
This issue shows that there doesn’t need to be a lot of action for Supergirl to truly shine, which is why this issue has become one of my favourites, and if it’s anything to go by, the rest of this arc is going to be truly exceptional.
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