The Crucible storyline kicks into high gear here, as writers Mike Johnson and K Perkins give us a better look at Kara’s fellow students – Kara’s opening spread first impressions are speedily contradicted – while giving us the bigger picture. Maxima is torn between her own desires and responsibility to her home planet. Tsavo seems like a hot-headed bad kitty but he’s desperate to bring peace to his homeworld of Ngo, riven by civil war. And Comet … OK, we don’t find out what makes him tick, he’s a raging narcissist, though not necessarily a bad guy.
The writers are nailing it, so far as character motivation goes, with the teachers as multi-dimensional as the students. In one scene here, Amata seems to be the bitch towards Korstus, then we learn that Korstus wants to use the students in ways they never expected, then we see that he has good intentions, but …
… who’s right and who’s wrong? I never expected such interesting questions; I thought this would be Heathers in space. It’s wonderful to see writers find ways to bring in conflict without falling back on cliche.
While we don’t visit Earth this month, Kara’s life there isn’t forgotten, with potential boyfriend Mike getting a mention. I really want to know what’s up with Silver Banshee Siobhan and the demon Blaze, hopefully we’ll find out soon.
Emanuela Lupacchino matches the quality of the script with her thoughtful, dynamic compositions. She’s obviously having fun with the designs, taking the opportunity offered by a cosmic locale filled with extraterrestrials to go a little wild. There’s a pleasing variety of aliens on display, with this guy being my favourite.
With a striking cover by Lupacchino and colourist Tomeu Morey (how I love Coffee Shop Kara) and a cliffhanger that teases one thing, then delivers another – phew – Supergirl #37 is another entertaining issue of a series that seems to be finding its feet.