I have to admit that I’m getting frustrated with the treatment of Supergirl.

Whenever something “bad” is happening, she’s right in the thick of it, much like when she became a Red Lantern not that long ago. Or when she seemed to be a rebellious teenager?

How do you solve a problem like Supergirl? Let’s find out in Supergirl #36 from DC Comics.

SUPERGIRL #36

Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Eduardo Pansica
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Editor: Jessica Chen
Published by: DC Comics

Cover price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

SOLICITATION: Supergirl–the infected! Brainiac-1 attempts to contact Supergirl at the Fortress of Solitude, but for what nefarious purpose? No matter what he has planned, things are about to go from bad to worse as Supergirl heads on a collision course with the Batman Who Laughs! He’s targeted Superman as part of his plan to infect heroes and transform them into their twisted Dark Multiverse counterparts–but Supergirl gets caught in the crossfire, and the Year of the Villain stakes get even higher!

WHO’S LAUGHING NOW?

If you’ve been ready any of the recent DC Comics, you know that the Batman Who Laughs has been infecting several heroes across the DCU. That has included the Blue Beetle, Shazam!, and others.

Now we can add Supergirl to that list.

First, I guess it makes sense the TBWL is trying to corrupt good guys and gals. It’s scarier than aligning himself with those who are already villains.

But I have to say yet again that putting Supergirl in the category of vulnerable heroes is getting kind of old, really. Of course, the aim is always at Superman, but somehow they miss and hit the Girl of Steel. Every time. Really.

Apparently, she’s near the end of the gathering of the Secret Six, as they are called. We see Donna Troy, Hawkman, and Blue Beetle’s evil version face off against the good guys. In the process of saving Kal-el, Kara grabs the Batarang meant for Supes and is thus turned to the dark side.

Next up, according to the last page of this issue, she takes on Superman and Batman in their team-up comic.

I’ve enjoyed the writing on the Supergirl comic. The dialogue has been engaging, and her search for the destroyers of Krypton was enjoyable. She’s really good in outer space, seems like. She might want to go back there more.

In my opinion, she still doesn’t have a decent rogue’s gallery, much less a decent rogue. She has forever been fighting Superman hand-me-down baddies, like the aforementioned Brainiac-1.

She keeps getting treated like Superman in a skirt. They need to get away from that, and fast!

If I could suggest someone, I would. But I’m too conditioned to expect Supes’ enemies after he’s beaten the snot out of them.

Come on, folks! I challenge the folks at DC to come up with maybe one or even two of her own enemies, maybe even her own nemesis! The title of this issue was “Who’s Laughing Now?” Well, it wasn’t me!

CONSISTENTLY SUPER ACTION ART

One of the best parts of the Supergirl comic has been the art. Who can do better than Kevin Maguire, an all-time favorite of mine? This issue had Eduardo Pansica, and he did a tremendous job, particularly with the action sequences. When the Girl of Steel takes on Braniac-1, for instance, it’s downright chilling! You can feel the tension as well as the power from Kara when they face each other. Well done!

On the other hand, I found the facial expressions less interesting. They seemed a lot simpler in design, with not a lot of difference from one emotion to another. I guess that was to make the infected Supergirl look particularly menacing, but I think they could be done better if Pansica is back on the book again soon! I still wouldn’t mind that, though!

BOTTOM LINE: DC MUST SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF SUPERGIRL

I have to say that I would be extremely surprised if “our” Supergirl wasn’t back by the beginning of 2020. That’s one of the problems with making good guys and gals into baddies, especially if they have their own monthly title. They MUST come back to reality so the character’s fans will keep buying it.

Still, it does make TBWL more of a high-octane villain. I mean, if he can do this kind of stuff to the heroes, what would he do to the baddies? Given who’s writing that character these days, we just might find out!


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I’ve enjoyed the writing on the Supergirl comic. The dialogue has been engaging, and her search for the destroyers of Krypton was enjoyable. She’s really good in outer space, seems like. She might want to go back there more.

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