Review: Adventures of Supergirl #3

This review contains spoilers.

Adventures of Supergirl #3 is written by Sterling Gates with pencils by Emanuela Lupacchino, inks by Ray McCarthy and colors by Hi-Fi.

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Previously

Supergirl fought a villain called Rampage whose sister had supposedly been killed by Alex.

Recap

Kara finds herself trapped in a dream state suffering from terrible nightmares. She is able to lucid dream and fight her way through to discover that someone is causing this similarly to Freddy Krueger. This someone is called Psi. She was an employee at Fort Rozz; her job was to keep the worst of the criminals in a dream-state. In Fort Rozz, Psi befriended Rampage and her sister. She is angry and blames Kara and Alex for their deaths. The issue ends with Kara agreeing to help Psi look into their deaths and find out what really happened.

Positives

Lupacchino’s work on Starfire made her one of my favorite artists so I’m glad to see her work here and it shines. Both Lupacchino and McCarthy outdo themselves with absolutely incredible art that is creative, distinct and perfect for the dream world Kara finds herself trapped in. And the always amazing Hi-Fi provides wonderful colors.

The creative team obviously loves and celebrates Supergirl’s history both new and old. Many of the dreams feature references or recreations of previous Supergirl stories and I love everything about it. Gates and the art team really take advantage of the dream concept and have as much fun with it as possible. There is even a point in which Kara wakes up but she’s actually still in a dream. That trick never works and is super obnoxious but Gates actually got me. I thought she was awake. I really want to see this team tackle A Nightmare on Elm Street as a comic. With a darker edge, they could do something incredible with that franchise.

I quite like Psi so far. For one, she is very ominous and foreboding. But she’s also very interesting. I love the concept of her job. I totally buy that the leaders of Krypton would come up with that kind of solution and it’s a neat idea. I also like that she’s reasonable and listens to Kara instead of just acting like a lunatic.

Negatives

Kara refers to The Silence of the Lambs as an some old movie and that makes me feel so old. I’m only 21 and that comment made me feel ancient. Do people my age, like Kara, really see that as an old movie? That is depressing.

Verdict

This is an excellent issue. The concept and execution are both perfect with excellent work from everyone involved. The passion and creativity make this a must-read. I highly recommend checking this issue out.

 

5outof5

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.