REVIEW: ‘Supergirl,’ Issue #36

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Supergirl #36 is written by Marc Andreyko. Eduardo Pansica is the series illustrator. Julio Ferreira is the inker for the series and Chris Sotomayor provides colors. Tom Napolitano is the letterer. Supergirl is published monthly by DC Comics. The one, true Brainiac attacks Kara Zor-el, Supergirl, in the Fortress of Solitude. Krypto is by her side, so it seems this mechanized villain will have no chance of success in stealing data from the Kryptonian files of Superman.

But all is not well with this struggle. Supergirl has already lost the fight. Brainiac has what it wants. If that wasn’t bad enough, Kara doesn’t even realize it. Worse, larger threats loom without. There is a bit of a spoiler on the cover, indicating that things in this issue will not favor its title heroine. Year of the Villain represents a broader tale across the DC Universe with Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom taking over. Also, the Batman Who Laughs is corrupting superheroes to blight the world. This explains the addition to the title, Supergirl, the Infected.

Okay, it’s a blatant spoiler. Two huge stories come crashing into this one issue. Things are about to change for our hero.

Brainiac has Supergirl right where he wants her, lost in a delusion where she is a pitched battle against him. However, the villain has distracted her with a falsehood while it pilfers the Fortress. Supergirl is snapped out of the trap by a secondary commotion outside. Circumstances are about to go from bad to worse. The villains have the advantage.

Batman and Superman guest star in Supergirl #36. Both tackle an Infected Hawkman and other heroes darkened by the Batman Who Laughs. Supergirl rushes in to help while Krypto guards the archive. However, neither realizes it is already being robbed. A lot is going on involving convergent plots from major crossovers pouring into this book. But Marc Andreyko manages them well enough. He continues to pen Supergirl with both eyes on its leading lady and not even ‘Year of the Villain’ can ruin that.

Crossover stories excite fans with grand plot lines. They also showcase startling twists that usually don’t last long. This is fine in the miniseries, but once they bleed into a regular series, they tend to feel forced and interrupt the series’ regular flow. Marc Andreyko writes Supergirl as a faced paced action comic. Kara doesn’t get a moment’s peace as is, so the addition of the Infected storyline doesn’t seem out of place.  He writes the issue to serve Supergirl so as to not have the character merely be a side act. Supergirl remains the focus and other heroes are merely guests who add a touch of dialogue. Andreyko gets into Kara’s head and heart and uses the Infected to further develop what makes her tick. That’s good writing. Good writing makes for excellent reading.

Eduardo Pansica makes Kara humane and powerful. The art visualizes the main character as vulnerable and mighty, and he creates explosive action panels that are dynamic and never fail to put the full scope of Supergirl’s prowess on display.  There is a pop in his artistic style that is accentuated by the inks of Julio Ferreira, and especially the brightness in the colors by Chris Sotomayor. Supergirl is a four-color book it reminds me of one of the things I love about comics: vibrant colors and costumes. Supergirl looks bright yet strong, positive but dominant, and remains a teenager in the youth of her face.

Ferreira spares the inks at first but increases it as the story goes on. It’s a great way to show the story grew darker. In ways large and small, this is a great feast for the eyes. The art team never disappoints in this book.

Supergirl falls under the banner of ‘Year of the Villain’, but it does not kill the story or the character. It adds to the complexity of Supergirl’s struggles. Readers who love grand scale crossovers or avoid them will find Andreyko and company make it work to the advantage of the main character. Kara has already been through a lot.

I’m curious to see where this leads while hoping it doesn’t drag on for too long. This is sure to propel her into a new direction that will certainly have repercussions for her down the road. I had no interest in the Infected story arc before. This issue piqued my interest in it.

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Supergirl #36
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TL; DR

Supergirl falls under the banner of ‘Year of the Villain’, but it does not kill the story or the character. It adds to the complexity of Supergirl’s struggles. Readers who love grand scale crossovers or avoid them will find Andreyko and company make it work to the advantage of the main character