By: Cynthia Ayala
Welcome back for another weekly installment of my comic book reviews! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day so far. Happy Monday! Anyway, I’m launching this week off not just in the DC realm, but also in the realm of the power rings. First up is Supergirl #33, the Red Lantern has returned to Earth with one final showdown with Worldkiller-1, and let me just say, writer Tony Bedard is amazing. Next up is Green Lantern: New Guardians #33 which continues to astound and captivate, even if the speed is starting to slow, that gritty ending and the building tension is done incredibly well. Enjoy!
Supergirl #33 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 16, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
Red Daughter of Krypton | Conclusion
Tony Bedard has done an amazing job with his development of the Supergirl character. This whole story arc has progressed her character in such amazing ways that I’m starting to like her again.
In this latest issue, readers see what makes her so different that Superman, Worldkiller-1, the abominable creation of Krypton. It’s a creature that seeks power, hosts, draining them until they are nothing. While this may not be a new concept, it was done well and showed just how mature her character has become. In previous issues, her character has still been juvenile, which is to be expected considering she is in her late teens, but the added angst, the constant pouting, the non-essential whining and her unwillingness to open up made her intolerable as a character. Yes, she lost her world, it’s been turned upside down and inside out in an instant, that is heartbreaking, but she never once even attempted to open up and continued to shut out her cousin, Superman.
But finally, by the end of this comic there is a note of hope. Her character is finally accepting things for what they are, even letting go of her rage. There’s some darn character growth! The Red Lantern story arc was the greatest fit for her character because it gave a clear view of her emotions and why she had so much pent up anger. No longer were her emotions just bubbling under the surface created the overly dramatic and intolerable angst, but Bedard explored her rage and brought her character to a moment when she found peace within herself. Since the last Red Lantern’s issue, where she went off to find a Blue Lantern only to be detracted by Worldkiller-1, and she was prepared to give her life for Earth, for people she didn’t truly feel accepted her. It was such a leap forward for her in regards to her character. Bravo Tony Bedard!
WRITER: TONY BEDARD
PENCILLERS: JEFF JOHNSON & EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
INKERS: SCOTT HANNA & RAY McCARTHY
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Green Lantern: New Guardians #33 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 16, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
Wow, just wow. That was such an incredible and intense issue. The writers are really pushing for the Carol and Kyle to be a couple, and you know what? It works. It’s such a fresh direction for her character, pulling her away from the tedious relationship that is Hal and Carol. Granted, Hal and Carol do belong together, but he needs to get his head out of his tushie first, and that is not going to happen any time soon.
But I digress. What the writers have going on here works. Granted it’s a bit slow and doesn’t have the speed it once had, but it’s good as far as character dynamics go. The mystery and the tension that the plot line delivers is captivating all together because it connects to the past weaves together an amazing and gut wrenching issue. The guardians get very emotional in this issue, as do Carol and Kyle, and it’s even a little frightening and gut-wrenching.
The pace in which the story moved, it was gripping, shifting back and forth between Carol and Kyle exploring the ship to the psion telling a story. Both worked very well together to bring to life this very cohesive story creating a very strong build until the last page.
All in all, while I miss the other lantern corps being represented, this was a good issue.
WRITER: JUSTIN JORDAN
PENCILLERS: BRAD WALKER & DIOGENES NEVES
INKERS: ANDREW HENNESSY & MARC DEERING
COLORIST: MICHELLE MADSEN
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS