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4LN Comic Review: Supergirl #38

Series: Supergirl
Writer(s): Mike Johnson & K. Perkins
Pencils: Emanuela Lupacchino
Inks: Ray McCarthy

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Summary from Comixology:Supergirl faces her toughest class yet at the Crucible Academy: Humanity 101!

Overview:
I personally am not a fan of Superman or any of the Super Family, for the record, except Supergirl. I have always been a fan of hers and I think she is one of the strongest female characters in comics today. I would put her right up there with Wonder Woman, without a doubt. I love her role in Justice League United, and I loved when she was a Red Lantern earlier in 2014. One thing I have always enjoyed about Kara is the fact that she’s in Alien girl, but yet she is still so relatable and has much humanity. Unlike Superman who I have a hard time relating to, I can find more similarities with Supergirl. The new creative team took over the book in issue #36 and gave the book a new feel, think Hunger Games meets Ender’s Game. That’s pretty much the best representation of this book I can think of.

Highs:
I really liked this issue because it showed the humanity of Supergirl and how caring and sensitive she can be. I really enjoyed the moments of battle between the students of The Crucible (And we are not sure if The Crucible is a good school or not) and the rebel fighters led by Roho. The fight scenes were really well drawn and easy to follow, and the colors popped of the page. Mike Johnson and K. Perkins make a really good team and bring a breath of fresh air to Kara. It was also great seeing how Superboy fit into the issue and how protective Kara becomes when she sees he’s still alive.

Lows:
I personally felt that some of the villains for this issue didn’t make sense when it comes to their power. One character emits a giant flash of light and this freezes the characters, and causes them to not be able to move for some time. It just didn’t make sense, and when it was explained, I still couldn’t follow that. It was a strong issue but some of the dialogue also felt fairly weak.

The Final Say:
Over all I really enjoyed this comic. If you have read (or seen) Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, then I really think you will enjoy this book. It’s a fun ride and it really leaves you wanting more of the story. The arc started two issues ago in #36 so you can track those down pretty easily and enjoy the story. This book is a solid 4 out of 5 and is a really fun ride. It’s not a serious book but it is a great read. So, head out to your LCS and pick this book up! When you finish reading it, let us know what you thought in the comments below.

Music Pairing
Welcome to a new section! This is something that my fellow 4LN writer Stephen Andrew and I have been wanting to do for a while. We both obesses over music and enjoying listening to it when we read comics. Going forward, in our reviews, we’ll be sharing with you our picks on some great music to partner with your reading of whatever comic we’re reviewing.

Now since this book is a fun read, so you are going to want some fun music to listen to while you read this. I would personally recommend My Head Is An Animal by Of Monster and Men. I mention this album because it captures the feelings of excitement and adventure like in the songs Little Talks and Dirty Paws. These two songs fit the mold of the comic, and ironically in Little Talks it even says “Don’t trust a word I’m saying…” Which Kara feels when she realizes that Crucible isn’t as great as it may seem.

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