[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writers: Jody Houser & Steve Orlando
Artists: Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, Julio Ferreira, Michael Atiyeh, & Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
Supergirl battles Bones’ latest superhuman as she gets closer to the truth about the DEO.
Although this issue is somewhat similar to the others in this series (bad guy at the control of Director Bones attacks civilians to bring Supergirl out of hiding), it was also somewhat complex. Yes we get the bad guy attacking civilians again, but it also goes a bit further then that this time, as we see how Bones is somewhat controlling these villains with the help of Mokkari’s conditioning. It was also interesting to see Agent Ocampo’s reaction to Bones’ insistence on finding Supergirl’s secret identity. Up to now, she’s been a loyal foot soldier for Bones, but perhaps she’s having second thoughts.
Another interesting part to mention is the introduction of Agent Jagger of the DEO. He doesn’t seem to be a meta, but rather a gun ho soldier working for Bones. Another welcome addition to the list of original characters that Orlando and Houser are giving us.
Although the book is called “Supergirl”, the best parts of the issue is definitely when she’s out of her cape as Kara Danvers. Whether she’s seeking advice from Eliza, or going to the school dance, its these moments that really let her character shine and gives her more depth. It’s the reason that Supergirl truly is super, because she’s also “human” in many ways.
The art in this issue once again was fantastic, although the kicker is we don’t know who did most of the artwork in the book. According to the credits, Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques and Julio Ferreira were the pencillers and inkers for pages 18-20. No mention who it was before page 18. Whoever it was did a great job nonetheless. The colors were vibrant, lines looked great, and the facial expressions and action panels were perfect.
Not the biggest negative in the world although I love the variant cover for this issue, the actual cover itself with Supergirl covered in green slime doesn’t really fit anywhere in the story. Not sure why it was the cover for this issue.
A great story all around. Tons of action, heart, beautiful art, and progressed the story very well in this arc.