Kara and new friend Ruthye’s search for the killer of the latter’s father takes them to the world of Coronn. While Supergirl might accept the locals’ insistence that if the hired killer had been there, he’s gone, something else sets alarm bells ringing.
The town of Maypole is rife with signs that a purple population has vanished, but direct questions lead to swerves and outright abuse.
Eventually, people get sick of the questions.
After two issues that were very hard to like, Tom King delivers a gripping script that stars a recognisable Kara. Sure, she still swears more than I’d like, but she’s very smart, uses her powers with skill and shows compassion for all.
Ruthye is still the narrator, but her voice is far less irritating than previously and finally it seems that this is a story about Supergirl. Ruthye’s interpretation of events remains to the fore, but she’s telling us about a less harsh, less frazzled Last Daughter of Krypton, one who, rather than trying to hide from life, is driving the tale forward. The lead on killer Krem not having panned out, Supergirl could easily have tried the next planet along, but she senses an injustice and doggedly pursues it with detective skills that would make the Elongated Man proud.
Finally, she solves the mystery, and gets a step closer to Krem, but the horror of what Supergirl finds doesn’t allow for a moment of satisfaction. King pulls back the curtain on an idyllic-seeming small town, revealing that it’s less Leave It To Beaver than Shadow of a Doubt.
The descent from Bedford Falls by day to Pottersville by night is beautifully rendered by Bilquis Evely, with benign-looking aliens turning on a dime in the face of Kara’s quest for truth. There’s a real tenderness to the interactions with Ruthye, while the action scenes are well-judged and powerful. And the body language is exemplary.
Colourist Matheus Lopes adds extra layers of life with his warm hues.
Letterer Clayton Cowles, meanwhile, continues to ensure we know who’s speaking when, with real style.
Evely and Lopes’ cover nicely captures the Lynchian nightmare faced by Kara and Ruthye, though I’d still like a month without that restroom-green background.
While it still irks me that Kara is spending months away from her Earth responsibilities, apparently to help a damaged kid on a mission of vengeance, we don’t know what her endgame is. I continue to doubt the dark prophecy made about Kara in the first issue, and this issue’s portrayal of Supergirl backs up my feeling. I’m not keen that Kara seems to reject any name other than ‘Supergirl’, but that would fit with her state of mind at the start of this series.
I finally have hope that King is indeed going to take Supergirl to a better place.