Review: SUPERGIRL #32
[Editor’s note: this review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Kevin Maguire, Chris Sotomayor, Kaare Andrews
Colors: Fco Plasencia
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Review by: Adam Ray
After last issue, we catch up with Supergirl, Superboy and Krypto finally track down Gandelo, resolving to avenge her actions against Krypton. After dispatching some of her mutated minions, the return of Rogol Zar, and a brief jaunt back to for a snippet of what’s to come, and dealings in the dark. Lots are put up for us to consider in Supergirl #32.
Action is abound in this issue. From start to finish, we get the tense opening of the Super Family tied up in horrific looking creatures. Fighting through them, fighting against Gandelo, fighting for the axe against Rogol Zar. The entire issue is roaring with excitement. When you couple that with the witty gags to and fro between Supergirl and Superboy, everything feels fun and jumping.
Supergirl, as a title, is in a very strange place to me. For a considerable length, we’ve been handling the possibility that there are people who caused the death of Krypton. This is particularly heavy material to talk about. Planetwide genocide. At no point do I feel like this heavy theme is being fully expanded. However, get a tease of it in this issue, we hear Gandelo shockingly suggest that the universe is better without Krypton. Other than that, we never get to unpack the depth of this issue. We readers never see Supergirl unpack sadness and cosmic survivor’s guilt. Admittedly, we see Supergirl deal with it by becoming angry, and lashing out – which is much more sincere to her, overall.
The focus is shifting from this issue. The bright colored action takes us readers through the ringer, getting the intense action we’d expect from an issue this cosmic. The villains responsible are coming closer and closer to Supergirl’s grasp. With the storyline closing up, the visions of that conversation looming on our mind, anything could happen as a result.
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