New Krypton Part 11
Iâ€™ll admit I was a little surprised when the New Krypton story wrapped up in Action Comics #873.Â I figured this was a story that would go on for 12 issues minimum, and really needing 24 issues to tell the massive story DC set into play that turned into a surprise hit for the company.Â Even though the New Krypton banner may be gone from the covers, the New Krypton story continues as the story shifts from Earth to Kandor.
Supergirl #37 kicks off the five part â€œWho is Superwomanâ€ arc that has readers and Supergirl trying to figure out who is the woman behind the mask.Â Iâ€™ve already tossed out my guess, and while it seems far fetched, donâ€™t count anything out in a series where Geoff Johns is quoted as saying as far as heâ€™s concerned Linda Danvers was never wiped out in the last Crisis event.Â Of course Johns isnâ€™t writing this issue (that duty goes to Sterling Gates), and heâ€™s introduced a plethora of characters who could fit the bill.
Usually when a new character is introduced, the â€œguest starâ€ is the guilty party.Â Weâ€™ve seen it before in Hush with the introduction of Tommy Elliot, we see it each week on CSI, and even grant morrison used the same device when he introduced Jezebel Jet.Â Instead of introducing one new character, Gates gives readers Thara and Lyra Kam-Par for your consideration.Â Of course these two could be a swerve as the reveal could be someone else entirely.Â Whoever it is, it is clear sheâ€™s a character of contradictions as weâ€™ve seen her kill Agent Liberty, while at the same time trying to keep Supergirl off of Earth, where all Kryptonians except Superman are now no longer welcome.Â It is the latter where Superwoman and Supergirl come to blows.
Readers are also introduced to Mike Henderson, an investigator with Metropolisâ€™ Metacrimes Division. Much like the Powers series from Icon, Inspector Henderson is investigating the death of Agent Liberty, who was picked up floating face down in the ocean.Â Even though he is dead, his suit or his subconscious is sending out messages to any electronic devices in proximity to his body.
I like how Lois Lane is drawn into the story and how there seems to be a concerted effort to bring the Superman family of titles back to the fold to tell continuing interconnected stories similar to the ones that were told in the early 90â€™s.Â I know everything that happened in the 90â€™s should be wiped from all memory, but the Superman titles from that period meant there was a new continuing story three weeks a month, which meant there was at least something good to look forward to each time you went to the comic shop.
The art by Jamal Ingle is really good, and readers will have to pay close attention to all the minor details to discover the clues that will lead to the big reveal of the identity of Superwoman.
The New Krypton arc brought me back to reading all things Superman, and now, with theÂ story spilling into much longer arcs in the individual titles, DC has given readers a reason to read all Superman titles again.Â Supergirl #37 is a good read, a fun read, one that still has bits of the teen angst that you have to push through, but a story that ultimately is a good who-don-it mystery.Â We already know who killed Agent Liberty, now we just need to figure out who she is.Â I just hope it doesnâ€™t end with Supergirl pulling the mask away to reveal that farmer Henry Bascombe is behind all this, as he shouts â€œI could have gotten away with Agent Libertyâ€™s murder if it wasnâ€™t for you meddling kids!â€Â Actually, that would be pretty cool… Supergirl #37 is a good read and earns 4 out of 5 Stars.