Supergirl #26 – Marc Andreyko, Writer; Kevin Maguire, Penciller; Sean Parsons, Scott Hanna, Wade Von Grawbadger, Inkers; FCO Plascencia, Chris Sotomayor, Colorists
Ray – 8/10
Corrina: Space Allies
Ray: Coming off last month’s excellent anniversary issue, Supergirl #26 gets back to business as Kara’s quest to solve the mystery of the destruction of Krypton leads her into more peril. When we last left off, she had been captured Krypto and her new Coluan ally were left to watch helplessly from their ship. This issue reveals the identity of her captor – Harry Hokum, a former low-level Earth-based scammer who has graduated to a mid-level intergalactic alien trafficker and torturer. He’s got a particular interest in capturing one of the last few Kryptonians, and he intends to get Kara’s DNA and then dispose of her. The first half of the issue is pretty disturbing, essentially a prison thriller where a depowered Kara is abused by the guards and finds herself alongside other traumatized captives. It’s pretty disturbing stuff, actually, but there’s little doubt Kara’s going to get out of this – and she gets her chance thanks to an abusive guard.
Kara using her enemy’s energy blast to charge herself up is the kind of clever thinking the Girl of Steel is best at, and her escape is compelling stuff. But it’s the surprise guest stars that I enjoyed most this issue – the Omega Men. It’s been a while since Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda’s cult-favorite sci-fi series wrapped (and launched King into the DC Comics A-list), but they’re back and looking to raid Hokum’s lair. Kara wastes no time teaming up with them, but the issue does seem to be glossing over their true nature a bit. They might as well be portrayed as DC’s Guardians of the Galaxy here, while they’re far darker characters. I’m not sure if this title is going to deal with the horrors of the war the Omega Men come from, but it’s still great to see them again. Z’ndr Kol has very little to do this issue, taking a back seat and dealing with some lingering problems from his home planet. But overall, Kara’s journey through space continues to be a winning plot for this series.
Corrina: The best part about Kara being off in space is that she’s missed all the mess with Jor-El over in Superman. Okay, maybe the best part is a chance to see Kara in action, without her powers, though I do miss her Earth-based supporting cast.
The prison stuff is disturbing but it pulls back from the worst implications. One, Kara is never without hope or determination. Two, the story avoids making this sexual, for which the art team deserves credit as well. Indeed, half the fun of the issue is seeing the various aspects of disdain and determination on Kara’s face as she prepares for her inevitable break-out.
The story has somewhat lost the thread of finding out what happened to Krypton but I’m pleased to see the Omega Men, though they appear to be not quite as ruthless, as last seen in The Omega Men series. Overall, this arc has done a fine job of giving us a Supergirl to root for.
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