Monday, March 1, 2010

Comic Book Review: Supergirl #50

Book Information
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Jamal Igle

Supergirl finds herself bugged out by a familiar foe.  The Queen Bee returns in the form of Lana Lang!  Can she free her friend from the demon alien insect without killing her?  The decisions made by Supergirl in this issue may turn her life around for the worst.  One can only hope she knows what she’s doing.

My Thoughts
Sterling Gates, You’re my hero.  You were able to boost Supergirl to a new high where she was finally showing some maturity and adult-like behaviors.  It is because of you Supergirl has become one of the titles I anticipate the most on a monthly basis.  But what you did in this issue was almost a complete step back from what you’ve established within Supergirl’s world.

Granted, the bulk of the issue shows off Kara’s ability to lead and take charge of a situation.  I mean, good grief, She was instrumental of making the device that helped put a stop to Queen Bee’s evil plot.  (Who knew she was an inventor in addition to being a superhero?)  And the love she portrays towards Lana Lang and her drive to save her is deserving of the Maturity award of the year.  But how she handles Lana’s lie ruined the entire book for me.  I understand the need for trust among friends and family, but I also understand the necessity of not revealing everything in ones life.  The reason why Lana didn’t tell Kara everything is because, in the words of Prof. Dumbledore, “I care too much about you.”  And she’s right!  Kara had enough on her plate without having to worry about Lana.  I mean, Superman was willing to leave Earth for a very long time, leave his wife Lois and everyone he loves the most for a greater good.  I think Kara needs to re-evaluate her commitment to the “Super” family.  That or Gates decided he didn’t care anymore.

But the issue isn’t a total flop…far from it in fact!  Jamal Igle certainly holds nothing back in his artistic attempts.  While he isn’t my favorite artist and definitely has his flaws, no one can deny his attention to the smallest details.  Even the ripples in Supergirl’s outfit as she carries Gangbuster through the sky away from the Queens hive layer are sight to see.  And I must admit, he certainly knows how to make Kara a gorgeous girl…

It’s nice to see Superwoman return from what seemed like a fate worse than death.  Her character, at first, seemed a little strange, mainly due to her costume.  But given her history and the intelligent way Gates integrated her into the story, I’m glad to see Lucy Lane back in the red and Blue.

Apart from the very annoying ending, this issue keeps you wanting more.  Art and writing are fantastic.  It’s just disappointing to see Kara take a step back from her adult behaviors.

Rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Next Issue Coming March 17, 2010
"Brainiac and The Legion of Super-Heroes" Part 2! Amidst Brainiac's assault on New Krypton, General Zod has brandished the Legion of Super-Heroes terrorists and imprisoned them! Superboy will do his best to free them, but he'll have to go through Supergirl first! That's right, it's the Super-battle of the sexes you've been waiting for! Poor Ma Kent is going to be so disappointed in them…

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