Review: Supergirl #34

"Post Mortem"
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira
Color Artist: Fco Plascencia
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Review by Adam Ray

Summary

In Supergirl #34, Kara's back on Earth, and all is not well on her adoptive home planet. A strange group, known as Leviathan, have started poking around in D.E.O. affairs and Supergirl’s investigations give her the very sad tidings that she’s lost something truly irreplaceable. The shocks don't end there, as the issue closes with another huge surprise.
Positives
This new storyline is the most refreshing reset I’ve seen in recent comics. We can hold onto the memories of the last arc – and it touches briefly on the fact that Superman hasn't returned to Earth with Kara, and that the people feel his absence. We get that Supergirl no longer has a grand quest, and just needs to do what she can to keep the peace, which she does perfectly. Pair this with a wonderful reintroduction to an old character, well tied in to the ongoing "Year of the Villain" story, and we get something quite special.
Negatives
The problem with a re-introductory issue like this one is the lack of context. We don’t really feel that we’re in the midst of something great, and the first half of the issue does somewhat plod along. We follow Supergirl's jump from one set piece to another until she experiences two contrasting revelations, then realises that she has some serious work to do. For a reader jumping back into this title, this issue may confuse many.

Verdict

Supergirl #34 really hits the reset button and makes us feel that there's much to look forward to in upcoming issues, but no way of knowing what to expect. New beginnings are very exciting.
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