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Supergirl #35

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2008
By: Erik Norris

Sterling Gates
Jamal Igle, Keith Champagne (i), Nei Ruffino (c)
DC Comics
My worst fear, and sneaking suspicion, about "New Krypton" has come true: the Supergirl issues of "New Krypton" are not essential. The story taking place in these pages merely uses the backdrop of "New Krypton," it doesn’t move the overall narrative forward in the slightest. This instantly brought back memories of the Nightwing and Robin issues in the “Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul” which, unfortunately, fell into the same trap, and when looked at in retrospect, are completely unnecessary.

The sad part about this is the creative team who recently took over the reigns of Supergirl, Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle, do a great job with what they chose to focus on. It’s just not what I, as a fan first and critic second, want them to focus on. Firstly, let’s talk Jamal Igle, who has done a really great job with his work on Supergirl. He has made Supergirl look like a young adult without falling into the trap most artists do when rendering Kara; making her look like a 15 year old bulimic prostitute. So that’s a win, in my eyes. With Igle on the title I can safely carry around an issue of Supergirl without feeling like a pedophile.

Sterling Gates also does a good job writing Kara Zor-El. The voice she has been given since Geoff Johns, James Robinson, and Sterling Gates have streamlined the super-books has been a welcome breath of fresh air. She isn’t a brat, or a nuisance, that you want gone right after she shows her face in a single panel. She actually acts consistent and has a personality that isn’t stereotypical of a girl her age. It’s also great that they are clearing up the character’s ridiculous back story which, until now, I was never able to follow. There were just too many variations. However, this story, right now, isn’t the place to do this. It has completely halted the momentum of the “New Krypton” event. Taking the focus away from what makes Superman super, to instead focus solely on Supergirl’s torn emotions towards her heritage and adopted world.

What I’m venturing to guess will happen in next week’s Superman #682, or the following week’s Action Comics, is that everything that happened in this issue of Supergirl will be covered in a single line of dialogue to catch readers up. This will be a simple task because most of what happens here is filler in context of the “New Krypton” story. It’s all material that will become much more prominent once this crossover is finished, when Supergirl will have to tackle some heavy issues for the character in an attempt to keep the book interesting.



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