Review: SUPERGIRL #30
[Editor’s Note: This Review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Mark Andreyko
Artists: Kevin Maguire and Sean Parsons
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Reviewed by: Adam Ray
The truth comes out following the unexpected arrival we saw in issue #29. Supergirl learns another detail about the forces that destroyed Krypton so many years ago. We see her fight a force from her distant past. In addition, we see Supergirl handle her emotions creatively. We’ve all seen her growing anger develop in the passing issues. This side of herself is openly talked about and we see her handle it in this issue. Cosmic space battles mixed with emotional growth is more deep than you’d expect in this title.
Like I said previously, this is a very layered issue. Until now, this was a fairly easygoing title. Sure the cosmic balance of very evil individuals destroying Krypton was on the line. When is pure galactic evil not involved with the Super family? It’s a welcome depth to this title that we get Supergirl facing herself. The anger manifested literally, and her being able to deal with it is the growth she’s undergone over the title finally paying off.
While this progression is good, and the way she resolves herself to be less angry is a point of growth, I don’t know how well it came off. A dramatic turnabout in the issue worked as a wake up call, and Supergirl says, out loud, that she’s done with her anger, despite her fractured trust for Zndr. I don’t know how well this would wash. Very few people say they’re done with a part of themselves and drop it immediately. That’s why New Year’s Resolutions fail. If we see her fly off the handle and work through it in a later issue, that’s different. Right now, it reads a little strange.
My personal gripes aside, this issue had depth. With her allegiances all over the place, the title has been sent in a new direction. Her crusade to find the truth isn’t over and much can still happen. I’d pick this up to see the cosmic possibilities over anything else.