[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Eduard Pansica, Julio Ferreira
Colors: Fco Plascencia, Chris Sotomayor
Letters: Tom Napolitano
The reveal of the strange mockeries of Supergirl attacking the prisoners during their escape in the previous issue comes to a head here. Kara battles against herself at every turn, literally and emotionally. Across space, everyone’s favorite rogue and super power pet is searching space for Kara, to some success. All the while, the true looming threat reveals themselves.
It’s a very difficult act to balance three different story lines, across great expanses of space, yet very clearly show how related they all are to each other. We see the clash between Supergirl and the abominations are broken up with sinister villains and Zndr going the distance to find Supergirl.
The focus of the issue on the battle does give the pace and makes everything all the active and action-y, but does mean the between moments when we catch up woth Zndr feel a little distracting. The jumps between the fighting, Hokum being the worst, and Zndr’s mother are totally necessary so I can’t fault them too hard. It’s very easy to compare it to how cinematic comic books are these days. Gaps in the action are common in cinema to let an audience member relax and get drawn back in. It’s interesting to see comics do this so well – but that doesn’t stop me wanting the grandiose fighting to continue.
This is the intense action issue everyone needs between story lines. The grand picture of what’s going on in Krypton’s past. The name and mission of Rogol Zar still holds quite a bit of weight across the galaxies. We can expect the issues going forward to really test Kara and her growing struggle to control her intense anger.