Kara Zor-El has been plagued by the mystery of Superwomanâ€™s identity for four issues now.Â For those that have been following closely, the clues to her identity are there, you just need to know where to look.
Hereâ€™s a question for those who pay closer attention to these things than I do, â€œWas Superwomanâ€™s mask made of lead?â€Â I ask because it seems if you want to discover the identity of a masked vigilante or hero, and you just so happen to have x-ray vision, youâ€™d use your abilities to figure out who this troubling person is right away.Â My guess is it was, as had Kara not used one of her basic abilities, sheâ€™d come off as a really lame character.
Fortunately, Kara has been taught by a variety of heroes, including the Amazons, Batman, and a form of martial arts from her home planet.Â All of this training comes in handy when Kara is set up by Superwoman and Reactron, where she uses her wits and natural abilities to fight the gold Kryptonite powered villain.
Editorâ€™s Note:Â For those not familiar with Gold Kryptonite, the modern version of the rock has the ability to remove a Kryptonianâ€™s powers for 15 seconds at a time.Â Thatâ€™s long enough for Reactron to kill Karaâ€™s father in Action Comics #872.
Oh, yes, there are Editorâ€™s Notes in this issue too, and Iâ€™m glad they are making their way back into comics as it serves as a great resource for those obsessed with continuity. (T-shirt anyone?)
Reactron escapes, but not before Kara pulls the classic Defeat Metallo Gambit by yanking the gold rock from his star suit.Â Once heâ€™s out of the way, Kara is able to put two and two together and realize sheâ€™s been set up by the one person who told her where to find Superwoman.
When Superwomanâ€™s identity is revealed, itâ€™s about as big a surprise as General Lane running Project 7734.Â With Lucy outed as the cape, Lois is probably considered the black sheep of her family. First her husband runs off to New Krypton, now her father and sister turn out to be bad guys?Â I sense a huge therapy bill in the mail soon…
Thereâ€™s a weird side story involving Cat Grant, Jimmy Olsen, and Lana Lang, where Lana suddenly begins bleeding out as the trio leave a party together.Â Iâ€™m not sure what is up with Lanaâ€™s ailment, but Iâ€™m sure it will play a much larger role in the big story before all is said and done.Â Of course someone could have decided it is time to kill another member of Supermanâ€™s boyhood adventures, but that wouldnâ€™t happen… would it?
I like the cover by Joshua Middleton, not because there is a really tight muscular female butt looking you in the face, but because of the nice lines and shading of Supergirl as she is framed by her foe in the foreground.Â The interior art by Jamal Igle continues to deliver solid images to propel the story, although I would like to see Igle tweak his art style a bit so the characters were reflective of their actual ages instead of everyone looking to be 20 somethings.Â Kara is supposed to be a teenager, while Cat and Lana look nowhere near a day over 22.
Iâ€™m really glad DC didnâ€™t make the executive decision to drag this mystery out for two more issues.Â Now that the cat is out of the bag (cat being metaphorical, and no way a reference to the bag Cat Grant, who also appears in this issue), Supergirl and the rest of the heroes can get down to solving the mystery of how Lucy got her powers, and what Project 7734â€™s ultimate end game really is.
This is the second Superman Family title out from DC the past two weeks that is full of the punching, and the fighting, and the flavinâ€™! and while I appreciate lots of action in my comics, I have a feeling readers are in for a couple of issues of standing around talking real soon so as to fill out the story.Â But I like those stories that can pack a lot of action into a few pages, and still have time for a big reveal ending that makes readers wonder what is next.Â Supergirl #40 delivered on the promise of revealing the identity of Superwoman, and is good enough to earn 3.5 out of 5 Stars.