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Supergirl #74

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2002
By: Ray Tate



"The Better Angel"

Writer: Peter David
Artists: Leonard Kirk(p), Robin Riggs(i), Gene D'Angelo(c)
Publisher: DC

I should feel something for this story, but I don't. It's well told, and the plot twists are clever. The artwork by Leonard Kirk is typically fantastic, and I'm happy to see the outcome. However, I just can't feel anything for the story because I never believed in the story.

I saw no reason why Supergirl wanted to follow the Chaos Stream with Bing Crosby--err, Buzz. The tart with the flaming wings was gone, and I was good--really good--with that. I realize that other Supergirl fans feel differently, but the Christian mythology pushed me away from the title. I never really cared about the flame-winged Angel or Twilight, and because I don't care, to me these are just a bunch of female super-powered ciphers punching it out.

Although I don't care about the story or the continuity, this book is no New X-Men. The continuity is explained through the dialogue and the interactions presented by Misters David, Kirk, Riggs and D'Angelo. I don't understand it in the sense of I can feel it beneath my skin, but I do get the gist of what occurs in the book.

Nothing implausible happens. Mr. David has foreshadowed exactly what the reader can expect, and he doesn't cheat. The fact that you can tell what his foreshadowing reveals acts almost as a town crier; this story was crafted with concern and care. Buzz's role in the brouhaha does surprise, and again, if I cared, I would have probably been knocked out by his reasoning.

The dialogue when not detailing the continuity actually does make the reader notice. The character for whom I empathized the most is a supporting cast member who gets the best lines: "Please tell me that's a lie. Please. Tell me no sister of mine is that empty." I don't know this character's history, yet David in one snatch of dialogue reveals her to me, and Kirk's, Rigg's and D'Angelo's expression for this character emphasizes her personality. She's the one who seemed the most real to me, and I would not mind seeing her again.



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