Review: Supergirl #12

It took me a week to actually pick #12 up from my stack and read it, long after I’d read all my other comics – I was dreading the experience of reading Supergirl that much.

So how was it? It was fine. I didn’t throw anything. Nothing much happened, which I wouldn’t have minded so much in a series with an intense ongoing plot, like Legion. The art was adorable – Amanda Connor should have been illustrating Supergirl from Day One, instead of the overrated fanboywanks of Michael Turner and Ian Churchill.

My opinion on this issue can be summed up in a comment I made on Fortress of Fortitude:

Apart from the (adorable) art, this issue of Supergirl (#12) was no great shakes, but compared to the toxic waste dump that was #11, it’s comics GOLD. It also makes the sudden jump in behavior between #10 and #11 make a lot more sense, which makes me wonder why they published the “Sharks ‘n’ Lolipron” story *before* Super Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

I was left scratching my head over why this issue and last were published in the order they were. There’s even an editorial note alluding to the fact that this issue takes place immediately after #10 as clearly even DC realized that this issue makes NO SENSE coming off the previous issue. I wish, oh I wish, that this would have been the issue we got instead of #11. Not only was that repulsive on every level, it’s now apparent that there *was* story missing that was needed to bridge the gap between #10 and #11.

Sadly I fear that this issue came too late for most people reading Supergirl. Either they stopped reading in disgust after #11, or, like me, picked up this issue just for Amanda Connor and enjoyed it somewhat, but were too haunted by the horror that had come before to enjoy it with a clear mind. And that pisses me off: that I couldn’t even enjoy a fluffy, fun issue with cute art because the series to date has left such a bad taste. Which is why I’ve yet to pick up issue #13 which came out last week. Knowing me, I’ll probably pick it up next time I’m in the store. How else can I complain about it? =)

Michelle Bacon

Michelle loves comics and code. A lifelong Superfamily fan, she's been collecting comics for 20 years, and running Supergirl: Maid of Might since 2000.

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