Review: SUPERGIRL #36
[Editor’s note: this review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Review by: Adam Ray
The previous issue has left Supergirl in quite the predicament. We find her as we left her in this issue in the clutches of a new Brainiac. The Year of the Villain has meant many nefarious plans are starting to come together. Once she shrugs off her troubles, we see just how deep the problems outside her world go. The Batman Who Laughs has begun turning individuals to his twisted will across the DC Universe.
This issue drips with pulp action. Supergirl is definitely the character for it, and it shows here. We go from scene to scene with no real time to breathe. From the Fortress, to aiding Batman, to the shocking result of her change, back to the Fortress, to wherever issue takes us. It’s a roller coaster that keeps the tension and questions high. I’ve always counted on this title to exhilarate, and this is one of the best.
As much fun as it can be, there is very little clarity to an issue like this. Supergirl is now a monthly title. Sure, we get a section where she helps us readers orient ourselves, seeing where she was and why Brainiac had put the whammy on her. We also need to wonder how much of Issue #35 we need to remember. Action in a comic shouldn’t be an uphill battle. It should draw us into the plot, not be the plot alone. As much fun as this title is, it’s a struggle to find a story buried under the booms and pows.
I have to admit that I’m not consistently picking up this title again and again for it’s revolutions to literature. I come back because high octane action is so satisfying. Supergirl #36 is one of the title’s strongest for its stellar visuals and wild, exciting possibilities.