Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Supergirl #29 Review and *SPOILERS*

Race to the Finish

Written By: Marc Andreyko
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, FCO Plascencia
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 10, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Supergirl has been great. I could just leave it at that but that wouldn’t fill out a review very nicely now would it? Well, it has been a crazy fun space adventure filled with likeable characters, interesting conflict, and an awesome art team. What’s not to love? Sure, Supergirl may not be the greatest comic that you ever read but it is consistently great and I look forward to it each and every month. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Kara’s story and how all the things we’ve set up come together. So let’s just jump right into this issue and see where it takes us.

We start with Kara who is going over the past events in her mind over and over. Turns out she is trying to relax but she is struggling with it. Her mind won’t let her rest. Meanwhile Zn’dr and Krypto are having no issue at all with relaxing. They are having a ton of fun in a nearby lake. Since he is splashing in the water, it is revealed to Kara that Zn’dr has a robotic arm. She questions him about it and at first he is hesitant to share. In his head, he worries about what she will think about the fact that his mother wants to kill Kara. After playing with Krypto a little bit more, he reveals the truth behind it. He reveals that he was a refugee and their ship got attacked. He lost his mother and got pinned beneath some rubble. After he was saved by his adopted mother, he was fitted for a fake arm.

Zn’dr considers tell Kara about his mission but before he can, Krypto finds some stones in the field. Turns out they were the stones that Kara has been looking for. This is where things get a little convenient. Using her super speed, Kara finds all the stones and they find that they symbol of the Circle is on the stones. Zn’dr remembers when he found the kryptonian obelisk that had the same symbol and he begins gathering his stuff. At this time, Zaar’s axe suddenly springs forth from their ship and interacts with the stones. This activates a hologram of Appa, the guardian who was a part of The Circle, who begins to give Kara a lot of information. Not that far away, we see a bounty hunter who has found Zaar’s axe and is attempting to capture Supergirl.

Following this, we get a whole lot of explanation as to The Circle’s past. Originally started to stop needless violence, but soon one member, Gandelo, wanted to do more. The other members disagreed so Gandelo partnered with Rogol Zaar. This led to a large body count. Meanwhile we see Zaar in the Phantom Zone. He is planning his escape and keeping an eye on Supergirl. After hearing what he has to say, Zn’dr then realizes who his mother really is and he tells Supergirl that Gandelo is his mother. They suddenly find themselves under attack. While they are great in number, Supergirl seems able to fend them off. Then she allows her emotions to run free and Zaar’s axe comes to her. The bounty hunters immediately stop and bow a knee to her as she is the “chosen one”. However, the hunter is suddenly killed by Gandelo. Gandelo and Supergirl then face off. This is where the issue leaves us.

Supergirl continues to be good but this issue needs a little bit of critique. We’ve been in space for a while and we really didn’t stick with the main storyline. Instead, we had a really entertaining side story that tied into it. But now that we are back on track, things seem to be rushed. Before, the mission was to go to all these different places and find the stones that they need. Now, they just so happen to all be in one place and collected off panel. Then there is a ton of exposition that gets shoehorned in. Afterwards, instead of going after the villain, the villain comes to them. It just feels like Andreyko is trying to end this story quickly now and so everything that was built up is happening really fast. It’s kind of disappointing in my opinion. Granted, the book is still good and entertaining but I think this issue was more to get us to a place that Andreyko wanted rather than progressing the story at a normal pace.

Bits and Pieces

While this issue remains good, it’s a bit of a down issue for the series. It seems that after this issue, the writer wanted the book to be in a certain place to wrap up this storyline. Unfortunately, going about it at a normal pace was apparently out of the question. It’s a bit frustrating to be so invested in a series and then have it rush to get to the end all of a sudden, but the book is still good, the characters are still interesting, and I’m still looking forward to the next issue.


1 comment:

  1. Marc Andreyko does a great job to explore the Gogol Zaar origins than Bendis who created him does. I think Supergirl is the better of the rest Super-books.