Supergirl comes face to face with Lobo, but who holds the advantage in this brawl?
Now that “Krypton Returns” has come to an end, a new creative team rises to the surface for Supergirl. Tony Bedard is the new writer, and has hinted at a new tone for the book. It appears that Bedard will be easing his readers into this new tone because this issue feels a lot like the past Supergirl releases (Pre-“Krypton Returns”). That being said, he writes Kara very naturally and has a way of making her feel arguably more human than she has been depicted as of yet. Emotions have always been a focus of Supergirl, but Bedard wants to harden Kara and change her outlook on things in the future.
The introduction of Lobo is interesting and well handled. We aren’t given too much information and backstory but enough to warrant that Lobo is a threat to Kara on multiple levels. The new physical appearance of Lobo may turn fans away, but for the time being, he is being treated properly—mostly because of the artwork.
Yildiray Cinar pencils this issue and Ray McCarthy is listed as the inker. Together, these two have been able to bring an incredible dynamic to Supergirl. A number of pages will leave the reader dumbfounded by the shear ambition and detail that these two artists were able to conceive.
Overall, the storytelling and art direction work very well together and deliver one of the most satisfying Supergirl issues to date. This creative team has done their research and although this is their first issue together as a unit, they display artistry of seasoned veterans to the title. The future seems very intriguing for Supergirl, and this issue will win over old and new readers to the title. If you haven’t read Supergirl, a nice two-page summary gets you up to speed in this issue with everything that has happened up to now and is a great jumping on point for new readers looking to venture into the House of El.
Although this Lobo is introduced in a satisfying way, Lobo purists will be a bit upset. The argument is that this character doesn’t necessarily feel like the old Lobo. A new villain could be placed instead of Lobo and it wouldn’t take anything away from the story. The change in appearance as well as attitude, from what has been displayed so far, may turn people off. These problems will surely be resolved in the months to come, but certain readers may be left with a sour taste in their mouths.
That being said, the character hasn’t had too much time in the spotlight as of yet, and should be given the benefit of the doubt.
Supergirl #26 delivers on nearly every aspect of the book. The artwork makes this issue stand out immensely and it’s clear that it will remain this way for months to come. Tony Bedard’s careful examination and development of Kara is engaging and thought-provoking. This is a great place for new readers to dive into Supergirl.