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Review: Supergirl #43

Aw, this was such a sweet story. I cried at the end ^_^

The art is amazing. Jamal Igle just keeps getting better and better! (I wish I could say something intelligent about inking, for once, but I completely lack the ability to judge that. Sorry inkers!) The colours: beautiful, soft, luminous. The pinks and blues and the glowing Kryptonian clothes. This issue is so pretty. Also, the cover is my favourite so far. I have been waiting for this cover ever since I saw the image months ago. Please make this into a poster DC!

I really don’t want to say anything too detailed, you really need to experience it for yourself. This is a joyful, touching issue that is key to this character. Some non-plottish comments after the cut.

How much do I love the opening panel, the pulling back to reveal the hybridized elements of Kara’s life. The costume on the chair! (Kara’s boots crumpled on the floor. As they would be.) Kara looking so pretty, and in the second page splash, looking somehow older and more mature. Did I mention the glowing Kryptonian robes? Love them. Giggling with Thara. (Was that Thara? I thought she was brunette.) A few Kryptonians of colour in the onlookers – and Alura’s P.A.? More, please!

Alura’s new robes, as Kara calls them, are wicked cool and very superhero-y. (I liked her previous costume too. It appears that Kryptonians wear the same outfit all the time. They do seem big on uniforms.)

Silver Age-style X-ray vision!

Supergirl using X-ray vision

The revelation that people do not choose the Labour Guild, they are born into it. I thought as much. No, not a perfect society at all. Science Guild and its values taught Alura to bury her feelings? Ah, they have that problem too.

Kryptonian beds! Kara’s mermaidy/seashell Kryptonian halter top.

Zal-Tel = Zoltar?

And finally, Guild Day. Her choice, and her reasons for her choice…well, you’ll have to find out for yourself. Kara is brave in ways that earn her that costume.

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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4 Responses

  1. Victoria says:

    I loved that mermaid outfit. Was it supposed to be a nightgown or something else? She had a polo shirt later in the issue.

    I’m also kind of disappointed that Kara didn’t pick up on the pattern after the first two or three times, but I guess kids tend to assume the worst of their parents like that. Her decision at the end was selfless but I hoped she’d have gone the other way. But I suppose that’s why she’s super and I’m not.

    I’m rather glad that the Labor guild is the way it is. Combined with the stuff we learned in the New Krypton issues, it seems to make their society seem a lot more real. Advanced technology doesn’t mean harmonious fantasy. Depth and complication are great.

    After all, if they were perfect, then Kal and Kara wouldn’t be so special.

  2. Shelly says:

    I read it on the subway going home and teared up at the end. Felt kinda embarrassed, tried not to cry. Best SG story in years.

  3. Michelle says:

    “I loved that mermaid outfit. Was it supposed to be a nightgown or something else? She had a polo shirt later in the issue.”

    I had to recheck the issue to figure it out: it’s an artistic inconsistency. On pages 2 and 4 it appears to be a halter top and skirt, but on pages 3 and 12 you see it’s a one-piece gown, with her crest as the center piece. It is in fact her guilding dress.

  4. Michelle says:

    Oh good, it wasn’t just me tearing up :)