A canine’s sense of smell is said to be 40 times greater than a person’s. So heaven help Krypto the Superdog in your average city back alley.
Still, he does pick up the scent of his pal Kara, last seen facing a vision of her corrupter, The Batman Who Laughs, in Supergirl #37. Krypto tracks her to Smallville, where she’s building something.
The dark Supergirl insists that she’s going to make everyone like her to give them a better chance of survival in a tough universe, but of course, the citizens of Smallville are not going to simply bow down and offer their arms up for a jab.
They could, though, use some extra help.
So, the tedious Infected business continues from the Batman/Superman series, but as was the case last month, the new creative team of Jody Houser and Rachael Stott manage to make this chapter not simply bearable, but enjoyable.
The key is ensuring Supergirl isn’t treated as The Batman Who Laughs In a Dress – this is a story that could only work with Kara. Kara the Kryptonian scientist. Kara with her connections to Smallville. Kara, who has seen one world burn and so wishes to save this one.
And it’s very pleasing that despite her protestations, Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth does find that this isn’t the true Kara, full of resentment towards her cousin Kal.
As for our guest star, she’s on good form, offering Supergirl the outstretched hand of friendship… well, after an opening surprise punch.
My big question is, what happened to lovely Krypto? He’s last seen being patted by a Smallville student, before the big fight… hopefully he’ll be the cavalry next issue.
Krypto, as drawn by Rachael Stott is, as we Brits say, the dog’s bollocks – almost literally in one of those panels up there. The Infected Supergirl is leering, but retains her humanity, while Superman and Batman look good on a couple of pages that really aren’t needed. Wonder Woman’s bearing denotes her power – there’s no need for her to be drawn as beefy a la the New 52 days. In fact, there are echoes of the Golden Age version in some panels.
Stott shows her ability to make good visual choices with Diana￼’s entrance, seen from a downed Kara’s viewpoint. What a shame, though, the current Wonder Woman outfit is so rubbish, I’d love to see Stott draw the classic.
I’d love to see Inaki Miranda draw that too – he steps in for three of the fight pages and does a tremendous job, injecting a delightful dynamism into the scuffle. Artistic differences are nicely patched over by colourist Hi-Fi, while Tom Napolitano gives a crazily creepy quality to Kara’s dialogue.
Illustrator Mike Perkins and colourist Gabe Eltaeb produce a wonderful cover, complete with old-school style word balloon. That hovering Supergirl has just the right amount of bonkers about her.
I said it last time, and I’ll say it again – this is a very promising new creative team and I really look forward to seeing what they can do when they’re free of the Infected yoke. Roll on!