I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Supergirl comic recently, and I can’t say that I am wildly enthused about this issue. But I did enjoy it more than the last few, and that’s a good thing.
The story opens with Supergirl fighting the Evolutionist, another villain dispatched by Director Bones. Thankfully, despite the name of the character, this doesn’t descend into creationist nonsense. And it does contain my favourite visual moment from the book. Supergirl changes into costume inside a photo booth, and this is shown in a strip of pictures taken during the change. A very clever sequence.
The middle of the story is a low key scene, a date between Ben and Kara. This is where the dialogue really takes off, and I fell whole heartedly into the characters and their lives. The pair talk all night, and the shot of Supergirl waking on the beach the next day was just so sweet.
So the book very much improved for me at this point, and I was completely prepped for the surprise villain that shows up on the final page. I am actually excited about the next issue, which I haven’t been for quite a while.
I think the fact that this issue left out Supergirl’s pseudo-parents also made it more enjoyable in my eyes. Those two characters drag down every scene they are in.
I recently read Steve Orlando discussing this book, and why he is proud of it. It was a good piece, and made me want to like the book more than I have been. This issue made that goal much easier to achieve.