Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Supergirl #35 Review and *SPOILERS*

Revenge of the Sith

Written By: Marc Andreyko
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, FCO Plascencia
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 9, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Supergirl has started anew once again and while the previous issue wasn’t as friendly to people wanting to jump onto the book, it did give us the beginning of something that I’m hoping our creative team will continue to build upon and gives us some of the high quality content that I’ve come to expect from this team. At this point we’ve got the new Brainiac who has infiltrated the Fortress of Solitude, Supergirl has just been attacked and saved by Jeremiah and she has just found the body of Eliza. There’s a lot that needs to be addressed in this new issue and I for one cannot wait to see where it takes us. Let’s just jump into this issue and see where it takes us.

Our issue begins at the Fortress of Solitude, the new Brainiac is reveling in his new knowledge and plans to use it in order to evolve. He uses a chamber in order to create a new body for himself but when the chamber opens, the body is revealed to be grotesque and mutated beyond belief and it lunges out at Brainiac. He immediately burns the body but the fire has been discovered by the robots in the Fortress. Just before the he can report the fire to Superman, Kelex is destroyed by Brainiac. Back in the mainland, Kara has just reunited with Jeremiah and she is overjoyed to see him. She immediately begins to bombard him with questions about the whole situation. Before he answers any though, he takes a moment to mourn Eliza and he takes her robotic hand from the corpse for fear of someone else stealing it.

As the two leave the medical facility they chat a bit more about what’s going on but we really don’t get any big answers before we see that they are being watched by a woman in a black mask. Suddenly, another person teleports in, they are wearing all red. Clearly in charge, the person in red gives orders to the woman in black for how to proceed. They want to talk with Supergirl and wants the woman in black to handle the situation so that they can talk. The woman in black immediately jumps into battle quickly and takes out Krypto. Then she and Jeremiah trade blows. Jeremiah recognizes her attack patterns though and comes to the realization that he is fighting Eliza. This distracts him for moment which allows the woman to get the upper hand but Jeremiah is able to shoot her mask which knocks her off-kilter once again.

During all this, the person in red approaches Supergirl and uses drones to create a kryptonite field that keeps Supergirl restrained. The person in red tells her that they want to work together because, much like Superman, they admire Supergirl’s sense of justice and together they can accomplish great things. Supergirl tells her that she doesn’t trust people who hide behind a mask and she doesn’t work with killers. When the person in red finishes pontificating and extends their hand once again, Supergirl suddenly reveals her new suit which blocks the kryptonite field, allowing her to destroy it. Before she can turn her attacks on the person in red, they teleport away and grab the woman in black before teleporting once again out of sight. After reuniting with Jeremiah, he tells her all he knows about Leviathan, which is unfortunately not a lot. However, they are interrupted by an alert from the fortress. Supergirl flies off to take care of it and she is followed by a familiar symbol in the sky before she arrives at the fortress. When she arrives she finds Kelex but doesn’t have time to react as someone sneaks up on her. This is where the issue leaves us.

A lot of this issue suffers from the same things that the previous issue did. I’m sure with this being a new beginning, there are new readers who are trying to jump on to this book but with it relying so heavily on the events of Leviathan Rising, they might find themselves rather lost. However, unlike the previous issue where we only got set up, this issue actually sees Supergirl find some answers. We discover that Eliza may not be dead but she seems to be working with this mysterious person in red. That person also seems fond of Supergirl and wants her to join them but will fight against her if needed. We also get scenes of the new Brainiac in the Fortress of Solitude who seems to be luring Supergirl back to the Fortress. We will see if this is simply a red herring in the future. Aside from all that, I found the issue to go by rather quickly, and there was some amazing art along the way. It wasn’t amazing or anything but it was enough to satiate by appetite until next month’s issue.

Bits and Pieces:

Supergirl continues to lean on the Leviathan Rising storyline but we are finally progressing at a pace where new readers who haven’t read that story will be able to follow along more easily. We get more action and story progression in this book and it’s pretty entertaining all around. It’s far from perfect but it was an enjoyable read that will tide me over until next month’s issue.


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