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Supergirl #79

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2003
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Peter David
Artists: Ed Benes (p), Alex Lei (i)

Publisher: DC

Plot:
With Linda back in pre-Crisis continuity trying her best to fill the role that the original Supergirl played, in the present we see the original is in mortal danger as Xenon has pulled the young hero into his dimension, and is ready to end her life in a bid to secure his freedom.

Comments:
It's a real shame that this book's final issue came so quickly on the heels of the new direction, as this story has shown itself to be a very big idea, and Peter David simply doesn't have enough issues to do it justice. Now he's made pretty solid use of the time & space he has been given, as this issue offers up an absolutely hilarious visit to the past, as we see Linda's attempts not to change the past soon go completely off the rails, and she ends up as Superman's wife. Peter David also manages to convey a wonderful sense of desperation as we see Crisis arrives, and Linda suddenly remembers that she has to die, as we can see why she would be inclined to not step up to the plate, given the happy, almost perfect life that she had managed to fashion for herself. There's also a pretty exciting plot set in the present day as we see the original Supergirl tries to adjust to her new world, while at the same time dealing with the guilt that Linda has gone off to die in her place.

As for the art, I have to say that Ed Benes did manage to impress me with his work on this issue, as the art has a nice detailed look to it, and the big impact moments, such as the credit page shot where we see Linda has gone and gotten herself married to Superman, manage to deliver the proper sense we are looking at an important piece of art.

Final Word:
A very entertaining issue that is somewhat hampered by the simple fact that Peter David is trying to deliver quite a bit of material in a limited amount of space. That in turn results in some scenes not being quite as powerful as they might've been had they been given more room the breath, with the scene where Linda remembers why she journeyed to the past being a key scene that really could've used more room. However, Peter David manages to keep the reader on their toes, as one entered this issue with the expectation that Linda wouldn't muck around with the past, but the credit page makes it very clear she has strayed from the script. Now the reset button ending is a bit disappointing, but the material in the present did keep me from being too disillusioned, as this book does look like it's going to end on a high note.



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