Thursday, April 17, 2014

Supergirl #30 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Tony Bedard
Art By: Emanuela Lupacchino
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 16, 2014

Always Say Die!

Last time we saw Supergirl was actually Red Lanterns #29, and in that issue we saw Kara go up against her cousin Superman.  Well they had a small spat, she really only hit him with a cargo ship.  As you can image Superman wasn't too pleased with Kara being a Red Lantern, but in the end he decided that if this is what she wants to do who is he to stand in the way.  But imagine it more as if he's cutting her out of the family because of the way she's been acting since the beginning of the New 52.  All in all Guy Gardner got the threat of bodily harm if anything happens to Supergirl, and when the team make their way back to Ysmault they find a bloody Bleez who tells our team that Atrocitus is coming.  Let's see what the new protectors of sector 2814 are up to this month.

Explain It!:

The issue begins in good ole' sector 2814 on the planet Grax, that seems to be inhabited by the Na'vis from Avatar.  Like Avatar the Na'vis are under attack by a hostile alien race only this time it's not humans, it's a race called the Diasporans.  All looks lost until the Red Lanterns show up and put the invading force in their place, well Supergirl does most of the heavy lifing but you know team effort and all.  Is there anyway we could see this in Avatar 2?  

Back on Ysmault Kara gives Guy Gardner a ton of exposition about when she faced the World Killers, and Krypton exploding.  It's just a reason for Kara to hate these Diasporans for wanting to destroy a race of people.  So she wants to track down where they retreated to and wipe them out.  Wait...wait.. This sounds like the thing we were against a second ago Kara.  Luckily Guy talks her down and tells her that they have to be ready for when Atrocitus returns, but they'll take care of the Diasporans in the future.  

Now we'll take a short break from the Red Lanterns and jump back to "The Block" on Earth, where Shay Veritas is trying to locate an extra-dimensional demon named Blaze, that escaped it's vault when Supergirl was fighting Lobo a couple issues back.  Well this demon finds a terminal, transforms it into a hellish looking device it can gain information from, and uses it to locate Supergirl.  This part of the story ends when Shay realizes that Blaze teleported out of "The Block", and we find out that the console's information is a little out of date when we see Blaze arrive in New York at Kara's old apartment she shared with Silver Banshee.  I really hope that Queens hasn't started the reconstruction after Supergirl and Silver Banshee's fight when Kara became a raging Red Lantern, because I doubt things are going to stay standing in this neighborhood.

In the end General Hom reports back to the leader of the Diasporans, and tells him of their failure to "give their gift" to the planet Grax.  See the Diasporans believe that a society can only become strong once it's almost wiped out.  I'll never understand zealots.  Using a DNA scanner the leader of the Diasporans discovers that the main force of the Red Lanterns was a Kryptonian, and who better than a Kryptonian to show the universe what "the gift" is about than a nearly dead race that is invulnerable.  So it looks like we'll be seeing these psychopaths going after Supergirl instead of the other way around.  See you when the story continues next week in Red Lanterns #30.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue takes on a more cartoony feel with Emanuela Lupacchino on penciling duties, and while it comes off strange because of what we're used to, I really dug it, and it seemed to work well with the Red Lanterns.  The story on the other hand isn't much to get you excited over, we're all waiting for Atrocitus to return, and instead we get a big back story about how Kara feels on the issue of planets dying, and a new alien threat that seems to want to use Supergirl as a weapon across the universe.  I don't know, it just feels like filler as we wait for the main event.


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