Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Supergirl #22 Review and *SPOILERS*

Breaking and Entering

Written By: Marc Andreyko
Art By: Kevin Maguire, Sean Parsons, FCO Plascencia
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 12, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We started this new Supergirl run last month and the first issue really blew me away. It was really great and it immediately got me invested in the series and Kara’s story. That’s something that I’d wager Orlando never did in his previous run. The story was set up with Kara leaving Earth in search of answers to who Rogol Zaar was and how he was able to destroy Krypton. Thanks to the assist from Hal Jordan, Kara knows that the Green Lantern Corps has redacted files on Zaar’s axe so she is traveling to Mogo in order to find answers. Will she find them or will she find herself on the wrong side of the galactic peacekeeping force? Let’s jump in and find out.

We catch up with Kara as she approaches Mogo. We get a quick recap of why she is there and what her mission is to connect back to the previous issue but it’s very quick. Kara worries about what she is going to find there. She hopes that the Green Lantern Corps will be accommodating to her needs. Kara wakes Krypto as they start to approach Mogo. Krypto immediately starts baring his teeth. Their ship suddenly starts to spiral in space. Kara instructs the ship to run a diagnostic. Once it is finished, they find it is because of Zaar’s axe interfering with the ship’s controls. Unfortunately, the ship never gets a chance to stop the axe as it almost immediately gets ripped apart by the axe’s energy.

Kara starts having to think quickly as she is too far from Mogo to make the journey before running out of air. She and Krypto are in danger of suffocating. Kara tries to grab Zaar’s axe but its’ energy harms her at first. She tries again and is saved by a green light. Turns out that she finally has made contact with the Green Lantern Corps. Kyle Rayner makes a joke about the explosion and Kara snaps at him. She catches herself to control her anger but she clearly sets the Corpsmen on edge at the start. They compliment her axe and Kara starts lying. She doesn’t know who she can trust and so until she is able to get more answers, she isn’t going to reveal anything. She tells them that she is researching her home and they take her to the archives to get her settled. It is here that we meet the alien from the end of the last issue. His name is C’zal and he can guide Kara. Kara decides that she is going to have to sneak in in order to get the files she needs. She memorizes a lantern’s password as he enters. During this time C’zal touches Zaal’s axe and it changes into a small hatchet. Kara tells him that she is going to start in the morning with her research.

That night, Kara sneaks out to the archives and uses the code she memorized earlier. Zaal’s axe begins to resonate with the archives and suddenly a guard of some sort appears and startles Kara. The axe takes this as an attack and begins to defend Kara but turning into a massive weapon and launching itself at the guard. Kara is able to stop it but it takes all of her might to do so. Kara is quickly surrounded by many Lanterns and calls for Krypto to help her. The Lanterns think that Kara is a threat but decide to focus on the axe first. Unfortunately, this is when Krypto shows up and Kara realizes that she made a mistake as he attacks the lanterns. The axe opens some sort of portal and pulls Kara in with it. Inside the portal, Kara is met with a message from a guardian. He says that he is already dead and that if she is seeing the message it is because he was a part of a Cabal and is responsible for Zaar. He also wants Kara to hunt them down. This is where the issue ends.

This issue picks up where we left off and while it takes a while to catch us up to speed, we eventually get back into the swing of things. We learn new pieces of the mystery behind Zaar in this issue. We get to know Kara a little bit better and get some answers that lead to new mysteries. The dialogue in this issue continues to be pretty spot on as Andreyko really impresses once again. I like how Kara’s inner dialogue is interwoven with her actual dialogue. It really gives the reader a sense of who Kara is and how she interacts with others. We also learned who the alien was at the end of the last issue and we learned that Zaar’s axe interacts with Green Lantern technology in a strange way. We also learned that there was a Cabal that involved a former Guardian and that he wants Kara to take them down. This was a solid issue that had a bit too much recap but for the most part, Supergirl is still going strong.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue has a bit much when it comes to recapping but for the most part, the new developments that we’ve gotten have elevated the issue. We still get amazing dialogue from Andreyko as we learn more about who Kara is in this new storyline. However, I’m still not a fan of the art for the most part. It was slightly better this issue when it came to the setting but I’m not a fan of the characters. Overall, this was a delightful issue that gave us enough to keep us coming back.


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