[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira
Colors: Fco Plascencia
Letters: Tom Napolitano
With Supergirl reunited with Zndr Kol, peace may be back on the table. Her search for the answers of Krypton’s past go on hold for just a little moment. Finding her way gives her time to reflect, all the while, the dangerous forces of the universe out to get her are still advancing. The issue gives us unexpected results of the bubbling anger within Supergirl. The way she handles it manifests physically in this issue, which could have major consequences soon.
This issue has really been a time for Pansica and Ferreira to get cosmic with their artwork. When the cosmic forces behind Rogol Zar reveals themselves, whole pages are given out to huge double page spreads of cosmic swirls and psychedelic panoramas of deep space. This is the kind of imagery I want from a Supergirl comic, and it’s done perfectly in this issue.
As the issue rolls on, it’s very easy to see just how much the writing behind it began to flounder. A lot of the early issue is spent with the internal thoughts of Kara saying: “I sure have been through a lot, better not make it awkward around Zndr”. We’ve been following Kara for a few issues now, we know how she’s traveled. This is doubled down on with Zndr thinking “I should probably tell her that my crystalline step mother wants to kill her,” but doesn’t. I have no problem with them summing up their feelings to readers behind on the collection, but there are more interesting and less page-costly ways to do it.
This issue is the most calm before a storm I’ve seen in a while. The jungle was lush and green, and our heroes were having a pool party. By that logic, issue 30 will be down-right apocalyptic, and that’s going to be a spectacle to right home about indeed.