It’s Kara Danvers’ last day as an intern at CatCo International and boss Cat Grant is giving her feedback. And it’s not good. But it is ironic.
Kara knows that as far as Cat is concerned, she’s correct – she’s a great superhero, but a terrible assistant. In bits, Kara flies from National City to Metropolis, for a spot of comfort from cousin Clark.
And she makes a decision…
… a decision that could be the perfect starting point for a new Supergirl monthly. And Lord knows, we need one. The last few years of the current book have been remarkable for how wrong they’ve got Supergirl. I’ve reviewed most of them so won’t rehearse the complaints here, I’ll just say… please DC, give Kara a berth in the bright Wonder Comics imprint and put this story’s creative team on it.
In just eight pages, writer Andrea Shea and artist Mike Norton present a Supergirl recognisable to TV viewers and comic readers alike and, I’d guess, equally acceptable. Yes, there’s a bit of teenage angst, but by the end Kara is full of hope as she decides to forge a future based on her own interests, not on what people might expect of Clark Kent’s cousin. The script is clever and fun, the art breezy, with Norton crafting a very good evocation of Melissa Benoist… the story is utterly refreshing and I want more.
‘Exit Interview’ first appeared in the Wal-Mart Batwoman/Supergirl 100-Page Giant, along with this issue’s other story, ‘Faceless’, in which Batwoman goes undercover to find a missing reporter. It’s an entertaining short from writer Sanya Anwar, with cheery art from Chad Hardin. Anwar’s Black Mask is particularly good fun.
The DC Digital First programme is spoiling us with daily delights for a tiny price, and Batwoman/Supergirl: World’s Finest is another winner. But boy, do I want to see Kara Zor-El fly solo, with Shea, Norton and this book’s editors, Liz Erickson, Katie Kubert and Marie Javins, steering her.