- Writers: K. Perkins & Mike Johnson
- Penciller: Emanuela Lupacchino
- Inker: Ray McCarthy
- Colourist: HI-FI
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Release Date: February 18th 2015
Lupacchino taking on the role of cover artist and interiors artist is proving to be a very good thing indeed. We already know of her artistic abilities from the number of Supergirl comics she’s provided artwork for, so it’s not surprising to see that very same level of artistic genius applied to the front cover. Of course, Rico Renzi deserves credit too, as he and Lupacchino worked together on this particular piece of art. I have to admit, this cover alone is enough to get me excited to actually see what’s happening inside, and I can already tell it’s going to be good!
As I’ve already said, Lupacchino, with over 100 comic book issues under her belt for which she’s provided the artwork, has demonstrated why she’s been chosen again to illustrate an issue of Supergirl. I never have, and I don’t think I ever will, find a problem with her work in terms of her attention to detail. I love the facial expressions she creates for the characters, I also love how she illustrates the use of powers, and to top it off, the way she draws action scenes is simply sensational. I have to say, this is one of the best illustrated of the Supergirl series so far. Not that Lupacchino’s previous work was lacking, or any of the other illustrators for that matter, but the exact same level of artistic ability is shown consistently on every page, and it just gives the issue a well polished feel that I haven’t felt before when reading a Supergirl comic, or at least I don’t remember it if I have.
Also, credit where credit’s due, HI-FI does a commendable job with the colouring in this issue. Each shade is perfectly chosen to draw your attention to different things at different times (or that’s how I see it), and I simply adore the shade of blue used for Supergirl’s costume.
Last issue saw Kara and the other students of the crucible stumbling unexpectedly on Kon-El (Superboy), and a secret mission threatened to ruin more than just friendships. This issue follows on directly from where last month’s issue left off, with Kara and Maxima facing off for Kon’s survival, and things back at the Crucible take a surprising turn, changing the lives of everyone involved.
You wouldn’t be able to tell that Perkins hasn’t written many comics. Both she and Johnson make a fantastic team. The past few comics have been full to the brim with action, and shocking revelations, and this issue was no different, in fact, the last few pages of this issue will leave you hanging, and not in a good way.
This crucible storyline is exactly what this series has needed: the chance for Kara to communicate with and be around people like herself, it has provided her with the opportunity to learn more about not just herself, but some of the people she may have to fight against, and it’s allowed her the opportunity to grow as a person.
The Kara that has developed over these past few issues is mature and level headed, something Supergirl needed to develop, and I’m really hoping the friends she’s made throughout will stick with her for a time. It’s Perkins and Johnson that have allowed for this to happen, and I applaud them for that. It’s a well out together issue, and sets the scene perfectly for what’s sure to be an action packed issue next month.
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