[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Jody Houser & Steve Orlando
Artists: Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, Michael Atiyeh, & Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
Kara faces a new challenge as the people of National City, and the DEO, turn on Supergirl.
The world’s against Supergirl. It’s not a new idea, but Orlando and new Supergirl writer Jody Houser seem to be handling it very well.
It’s obvious from previous issues that Kara cares about the people of National City, and simply wants to help, but having the same organization that she worked with for so long suddenly hunt her down is intriguing, not to mention creates quite a dilemma. Does she risk her life to save people knowing that the DEO is ready to take her down at a moment’s notice? If that wasn’t bad enough, as Kara she’s expected to write stories about how dangerous Supergirl is, to convince the people to fear her. It definitely makes for some fun and suspenseful reading.
Another fun point in this issue was seeing Kara out of costume and in her day to day life. Because of the issues with Supergirl, she tends to spend more time as Kara in this issue, which is great. We get to see her interact at school, at Catco, and with the Danvers on a personal level.
Speaking about the Danvers, they’re love and care for Kara was absolutely beautiful. They may be simply Kara’s adoptive parents, but they’re love for her is genuine, and it certainly shows.
The art in this issue was fantastic. Beautiful facial expressions, colors and emotions on every page. It didn’t really matter they’re wasn’t much action in this issue. The emotion beaming off every page was perfect. The full page image of Kara hovering over her bed while the Danvers were talking on the porch was beautiful, and the best page of the issue.
Not sure why, after 15 issues, Orlando is still calling National City “The National”. It’s not a big thing, but it’s simply a pet peeve of mine. It really doesn’t make much sense either.
The main antagonist in this issue, as well as in this story arc seems to be Director Bones of the DEO. Director Bones used to be a super villain. Which begs the question, “How did a super villain become director of the DEO?” It’s strange, and hopefully will be answered later in this story arc.
A great and fun Supergirl issue for sure. Plenty of heart, beautiful artwork, and it really tests the patience and heroism of our young protagonist. Orlando and Houser should be congratulated on stepping outside the norm, and giving us something different, yet familiar. A very interesting cliffhanger sets up the next issue very nicely.