Review – Supergirl #33: Beginnings and Goodbyes

Supergirl #33 variant cover, via DC Comics.

Supergirl #33 – Mark Andreyko, Writer; Kevin Maguire, Artist; Scott Hanna, Finishes; Eduardo Pansica, Penciller; Julio Ferreira, Inker; FCO Plascencia, Chris Sotomayor, Colorists

Ratings:

Ray – 8.5/10

Ray: Supergirl’s journey to space as part of the ongoing Rogol Zaar storyline has been an overall good turn for the title, although the run as a whole lacks the human touch of the brilliant Orlando/House run. This final issue before the story relocates to Earth and ties into Event Leviathan does go a long way towards making it Kara’s story rather than one where she’s driven by the plot, and I’m hoping that continues in the new direction.

Supergirl #33 syncs up with last week’s issue of Superman, but I think it does a better job of capturing the El Family’s comings and goings, while the other issue was more focused on the epic events. It kicks off with the characters already in Thanagarian captivity, and flashes back to Kara’s role in the final battle as she channels her rage to defeat Rogol Zaar. I’m not sure if this is a compliment or a criticism, but as the storyline ramps down Rogol Zaar almost feels like a side story and ultimately destined to be forgotten, as this alien spree killing xenophobe deserves.

Back to the beginning. Via DC Comics.

Kevin Maguire and Eduardo Pansica split art duties on this issue, and both do a great job with the chaotic space battle and the pristine planet on which the United Planets are formed. One of the biggest holdups with this issue is that it by definition has to repeat a lot of the scenes from the previous part of this story, but Kara’s narration adds a new twist.

This is probably the clearest look at her perspective we’ve gotten so far, and the scene with her and Superman as the two survivors of Krypton renew their bond and take their different paths might be the best scene we’ve gotten in this new run. I’m hoping it continues as Kara returns to Earth and confronts the disappearance of her adoptive parents, but I think putting Rogol Zaar in the rearview mirror will be the best thing for this title. Andreyko has a very strong handle on Kara as a character and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.

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Disclaimer: GeekDad received this comic for review purposes.

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