Review: Supergirl #37
[Editor’s note: this review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Jody Houser
Artists: Rachael Stott
Color Artist: Cris Peter
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Review by: Adam Ray
Supergirl #37 gives us everything we can come to expect from Dark Supergirl. She holds in her head the lofty ideal that she’s a hero. Supergirl is determined to continue to fight for her justice. With her change in alignment though, that sense of right and wrong has become a little strained. At the same time, heroes we know and love approach Supergirl. They try their best to get through to her, but to expectedly little success.
This issue does a few things very well. We get a real vision of this new take of Supergirl. We readers wondered what she would be like when we saw her change in the previous issue. This is the full extent of the character’s direction. Supergirl will save a bus full of people and flip the bus without any regard. The change is so deep. Supergirl’s evolution in the past year of her comics have all lead here. She’s gone from a vision of inspiration, to an angry survivor, to a chaotic force, bent on destruction.
I can’t find too much to fault in this issue. I will say that the direction of Supergirl fleeing from the heroes, then being drawn back in suddenly by The Batman Who Laughs, seemed odd in the journey of the story. Just another way to draw a reader back in, but not sure if there was a better way to do it.
This is the series at its best. Supergirl #37 gives us a dark take on the beloved character. It shows how deep her transformation has gone and that she is something to be feared. We see how fumbling attempts of beloved heroes really don’t do much in the face of her broken morality. We readers see just how big a threat The Batman Who Laughs and we can only wonder how far Supergirl will go on her new quest.