REVIEW: ‘Supergirl’, Issue #32

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Supergirl #32

Supergirl #32 is published by DC Comics, written by Marc Andreyko, with Kevin Maguire as artist, FCO Plascencia as colorist, and Tom Napolitano is the series letterer.

Supergirl the comic restarted in 2018 in order to offer more backstory to the Rogol Zaar saga in the Superman books. Zaar destroyed Krypton, but the reason why remained unclear. Supergirl left Earth to find out why and through the course of her journey, found the true culprits in the Circle. They used Zaar to destroy Krypton because they deemed it a threat to the galaxy. Their leader, Gandelo, has been at war with Supergirl since she uncovered proof of the Circle’s complicity in the genocide of her homeworld.

Supergirl #32 brings readers to Gandelo’s throneworld. The Trilium Collective is where she rules, and hides behind layers of galactic treaties. Supergirl arrives with her cousin, Jon Kent, and Krypto to bring her to justice. She isn’t leaving until Gandelo is in her hands. Their battle is amusing, twisted, and action packed. It also brings out an expected interloper and unforeseen outcome.

Supergirl #32

Supergirl #32 is a continuation of the Circle plotline, the Rogol Zaar story, and begins a new thread to tie in with DC’s Year of the Villain: The Offer storyline. What makes these intersections intriguing is that none of them are easily solved. After a year of dealing with Zaar and the Circle, Supergirl does not net any final solutions to satisfy her anger or sense of justice. This makes sense. Powerful characters should last a long time, so thankfully this story presents the villains as not so easily foiled. The supporting cast adds to Supergirl’s adventure and fun, including a nice bit with recurring pal, Z’ndr, Gandelo’s adopted son.

The story overall is serious, but begins on a humorous note. The banter between Supergirl and Jon is hilarious, and eases the tension. It is a great team up, and makes the fight to come more dire. There is a touch of that humor later on during the battle that shows Marc Andreyko can balance comedy and drama.

Supergirl #32

Andreyko is a great writer for this book. He fuels Supergirl’s many emotions and shows there is more to her than mere teenage angst. It would be all too easy to write Kara as nothing more than an angry soul. He presents Supergirl the leader, capable of directing Jon and Krypto in battle and leading the charge with as much resolve as Superman. Marc Andreyko adds to the characterizations of Gandelo and Rogol Zaar as well, fleshing them out. By the end of Supergirl issue #32, he sets up the next villain to plague Kara’s life.

Kevin Maguire brings a light touch to Supergirl with his artwork. Backgrounds are minimal, but he shines in close up facial expressions that humanize every character. His lines are smooth, dynamic and even passive panels are a joy to behold. FCO Plascencia brightens the artwork up so well with colors it makes Supergirl #32 look like an homage to the Silver Age, and that is a good thing. Tom Napolitano brings a chilling waver in the voice of Rogol Zaar and good old fashioned sound effects throughout the issue. This looked and read like the Silver Age with a dash of grim Modern Age comic styling.

Supergirl #32 does not end the story of justice for Krypton, but it does add another layer to it. Supergirl doesn’t get a satisfying resolution from her long quest for the truth, nor does she gain her immediate goal. But this issue is good reading, and an excellent advancement along the path to finding out how the Maid of Might will contend with the death of her people and how it shapes her.

Supergirl #32 is available wherever comic books are sold.

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TL;DR

Supergirl #32 does not end the story of justice for Krypton, but it does add another layer to it.