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Review: Supergirl #13
By Philip Schweier
Nov 7, 2017 - 11:14

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Writer(s): Steve Orlando
Penciller(s): Robson Rocha
Inker(s): Daniel Henriques
Colourist(s): Michael Atiyeh
Letterer(s): Steve Wands
Cover Artist(s): Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, Michael Atiyeh; Stanley Lau



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It’s interesting to witness how mass media – in this case television – influences what we see in comics. Thanks to the Supergirl TV show, the character has undergone a significant makeover in comics, the greater reflect what the television audience sees. It happened with the Batman series in 1960s, and the Wonder Woman show in the 1970s. The two venues feed off one another, contributing to the overall mythology. In fact, much of what we take for granted with Superman first appeared on the Superman radio show in the 1940s – kryptonite, Jimmy Olsen, and his friendship with Batman.


So even though I don’t watch the show, I have seen a few episodes. What I saw in Supergirl #13, was familiar, yet still brought other elements of the DC Universe to play. The android Indigo, and the Emerald Empress. Many Legion fans are excited at the prospect of the Legion of Super-Heroes appearing on the CW series this fall. Many of us hope for a new ongoing series, either on TV or in the comics.


More and more elements from the Legion have been making their way into the DCU in recent days. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it suggests that Legion fandom is alive and well. But one thing I’ve always appreciated about the franchise is that it operates outside of the mainstream DC continuity. That may change, if things keep up the way they have.


But Supergirl #13 represents and end to current events, and promises a new start for Supergirl #14. Her world is turned upside down, in ways a hero should never experience. But that just ups the ante for the Girl of Steel. Perhaps it’s a good time for casual fans to take a closer look.


Rating: 7/10



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