Review: SUPERGIRL #34
[Editor’s note: this review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira
Colors: Fco Plascencia
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Review by: Adam Ray
In Supergirl #34, Kara has returned to earth, and all is not well on her adoptive home planet. A strange group, known as Leviathan, have started poking around in D.E.O. affairs. Supergirl’s investigations give her a sad realisation, that she’s lost something truly irreplaceable, and that she must do her utmost to get it back. With all this confusion, a happy return has made himself clear, and looks to help Kara going ahead.
This start of a new storyline is the most refreshing reset I’ve seen in recent comics. We readers can hold onto the memories of the last arc – and it touches briefly on the fact that Superman is not here on Earth, and that the people can feel his absence. We get that Supergirl has no grand quest, and has to do what she can to keep the peace. She does so perfectly. Pair this wonderful reintroduction to the character with the well managed tie in to the ongoing ‘Year of the Villain’ story, and we have something quite special.
The problem with a reintroductory issue like this is the lack of context. We don’t really feel that we’re in the midst of something great. The first half of the issue does somewhat plod along. We follow her jump from set piece to another until the revelation she gets and the knowledge that she has heroics to do. For a reader jumping back into this title, this issue may bore some away.
This issue takes us right back to Supergirl. There’s much to expect in the coming issues, but no way of knowing what to expect. Beginnings are very exciting.