Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Superwoman #12 Review and **SPOILERS**

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Hot Flashes

Script: K. Perkins 
Pencils: Stephen Segovia 
Inks: Art Thibert 
Letters: Josh Reed 
Colors: Hi-Fi 
Cover Art: Ken Lashley/Hi-Fi 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: July 12, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

At the end of last issue, we saw Lana Lang fail in capturing Skyhook. So maybe this whole issue will be a training montage so she can beat Skyhook in the big skiing competition? That’s sure to save the Teen Lodge! Take a look at my review of Superwoman #12 and find out!

Explain It!

As I mentioned in the introduction to this review, Lana Lang pulled a boner last issue—I mean she made an error in judgment! Get your minds out of the gutter! So yeah she really screwed the pooch and let Skyhook get away while lying to her boyfriend and his niece about it. But Lana Lang learns from her mistakes, she’s no stubborn hothead, so of course she tells John and Nata…no, actually she goes back to the Steelworks and tries to make her armor stronger so she can pack more of a wallop. What the hell is wrong with you, Lana? Teamwork is the key! Trust John and Natasha to do the right thing, don’t assume they’ll murder Skyhook and go on some kind of rage-fueled rampage. Frankly, the whole notion is completely racist. While dicking around at Steelworks, Lana learns something new about her armor, which will be revealed at the end of the issue…and still won’t make a ton of sense.
By far, the best scene in the issue is Atomic Skull of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit chasing down Shockwave and interacting with Captain Maggie Sawyer back at the station. They’re still trying to find the location of John’s brother, Crash, who is looking to kill Skyhook for abducting his son. Shockwave agrees to help on the grounds that Atomic Skull annoys him, which is hysterical. Really, you have to read this, I need an Atomic Skull of the MSCU miniseries immediately. Shockwave first goes on about what an efficient illegal arms dealer Crash was, but now that he’s got nothing he will use that lethal efficiency to find Skyhook.  And it’s going to happen tonight.

Lana arrives back at her place to find John is moving out, essentially because she’s being so cagey about the Skyhook/Crash situation. I mean, right here is where she could ask him to work together on the case, and maybe solve things! But no, Lana blames John for wanting revenge and watches him walk out the door. Later, in Suicide Slum, Crash faces off against Skyhook with some 9mm pistols, which makes absolutely no sense because Skyhook is like a shape-shifting demon from children’s nightmares, and I would think he’d be impervious to bullets. In fact, Skyhook whips out these supernatural screeching powers while Crash fires at him with an RPG (and misses, anyway.) Just then, Superwoman shows up and interferes in everything. Ultimately, John and Natasha save Crash’s life while Superwoman takes Skyhook into the stratosphere and appears to pull another solar flare? Or maybe she just does like a super zap? I’m so unclear about what her powers are. Afterward, when Lana could learn that she could have trusted her boyfriend all along, she instead says some nonsense about her powers being inside her all along and the armor just having channeled it. Uh, that’s nice. Does anyone want to address the fact that John and Lana are splitsville? No? You’d rather go electric and stretch your hand out at the reader? Sigh. That’ll do, I suppose.

I enjoyed this issue, though I do have problems with Lana’s very Batman-like behavior. That is just my problem, however, and there’s no crime in characterizing her as a mercurial jerk. I’m also curious to know what Skyhook’s deal is, I guess we’ll find out now that he’s incarcerated. This comic book is a little silly, people behave a little over-the-top, maybe it’s a little bothersome that we’re twelve issues in and I still don’t understand what Superwoman’s powers are. But I like this. I don’t know if we need a world where Lana Lang is a mean woman with laser B.O., but I don’t mind checking it out once a month.

Bits and Pieces:

In true fashion, Superwoman learns from her failure that she must try the same thing again, only harder. Does it work? You'll have to read the issue to find out. And if you do, I think you'll find it pretty cool. But I do hope we see some character growth with Lana in the future.

7.5/10
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1 comment:

  1. Liked the art and i have to say for the past issues by perkins, superwoman really turned over to a new leaf. It became readable again. Thank god. And whats more, now im kinda looking forward for the next issue, instead of saying "uh, another issue?". Kudos!!

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