A little family time is good for the soul


Supergirl had a pretty rough time when Darkseid’s psycho groupie showed up on Earth looking to kill Superman.  Had Kal-El not arrived in time, Kara might have found herself on the receiving end of the icy cold fingers of death.  Instead Maelstrom was sent packing back to Apocalypse, leading Clark to think it would be a good idea to do a little cousin bonding.

maelstrom2cover.jpgI suppose even if you did steal technology to escape your home world in order to kill your love interest’s avowed enemy, getting caught would still mean punishment.  At least that is the way it is when Darkseid is ruling over you with an iron fist.  Instead of staring longingly into those wonderful Omega Beam beauties, Darkseid sends Maelstrom to the Terrorium to see how she handles some four on one action.

Her opponents in the fight are not necessarily the brightest group of warriors in the ring, and one by one Maelstrom is able to bring them down in pretty violent way.  Unfortunately, the object of her affection is not impressed and sends her to the mines as punishment.  You’d think the girl would get the hint, but having been on the receiving end of many a female stalker… what?

Nothing’s going to keep Maelstrom from her love, and even when her escape attempt fails, you can still see it in her eyes that she’s going to get what she wants one way or another.

My hope is Palmiotti and Gray are going to somehow get Maelstrom and the surviving duo from Krypton to meet once again, otherwise, having Superman and Supergirl doing their own thing in a title named and focusing on the New God doesn’t make much sense.

Speaking of Clark and Kara; Clark thinks it’s a good idea for the two to go on a little camping trip to bound a little more.  Clark also thinks it’s a good idea to do it on a planet orbiting a red sun so they have to survive without their powers.  Clark further believes his “golly gee” attitude will somehow rub off on Kara thus making her a hero everyone in Metropolis will love.

When the splash page of the issue shows the duo struggling to survive while fighting some of the planets native inhabitants, I get the feeling this is not going to be a fun vacation for anyone.  As expected by issues end, Kara is angry and goes stomping off into the jungle at night unawares of the new group of creatures beginning to surround her.

There are some really good story moments in this issue.  From the hilarious Batman trick Kara and Kal use to scare away the jungle monsters, to the methodical way Maelstrom takes down her opponents, you can tell Palmiotti and Gray have a good grasp of making even the smaller aspects of this story shine.
I’m still in love with Phil Noto’s art work, but I’m troubled that the art seems to become more rushed as the issue progresses.  It could be the result of the colorist trying to create flame lit shadows, but there is a night and day difference between the cover and interior pages.

Overall, this is a nice second issue.  The story is progressing in a way that doesn’t drag, but I’m concerned the three main characters won’t be meeting again anytime soon.  This could be troublesome as it tends to make the series misleading.  I’m sure everything will work out by issue 5, but for now, I’m giving Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom a 3.5 out of 5 Star rating.



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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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1 Comment

  1. ykw
    November 23, 2008 at 11:23 am — Reply

    I love that spacesuit costume. If the classic blue-and-red color scheme were applied to it and made her new togs, I’d finally take the new Kara seriously.

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