Remembering Krypton Spoilers (Supergirl #25 Comic Review)

“Picking Over the Bones”
Story: Marc Andreyko
Pencils: Emanuela Lupacchino and Lan Medina
Inks: Ray McCarthy and Sean Parsons
Colors: FCO Plascencia
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Cover: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, and Wil Quintana

“Z’ndr Kol and the Lost Colony”
Story: Marc Andreyko and Brad Walker
Inks: Drew Hennessy
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letters: Tom Napolitano

“The Plourott”

Story: Dan Jurgens
Pencils: Tom Derenick
Inks: Sean Parsons
Colors: FCO Plascencia
Letters: Tom Napolitano

Supergirl #25 Cover

SPOILERS AHEAD

Last issue, we saw Supergirl arrive at the ruins of Krypton with Krypto and her new Coluan friend Z’ndr Kol. She and Krypto are immediately sickened by kryptonite poisoning.

I love Supergirl. Admittedly, I have followed her cousin for longer than I have followed her, but her story has always intrigued me since she, unlike Clark, remembers the world and family they lost. After the events of Brian Michael Bendis’s Man of Steel miniseries, Kara and Clark parted ways, with the former going on an intergalactic road trip with Krypto in order to find out what really happened when Krypton was destroyed. Along the way, she has gotten into clashes with the Green Lanterns, and even was involved in a brawl at a space bar last issue, where she met Z’ndr Kol, a handsome Coluan scientist with some resemblance to Brainiac 5.

After momentarily panicking (“Don’t die on me—I’m a doctor, but not that kind of one!”) Z’ndr springs into action at Kara’s request, helping her and Krypto into the kryptonite-resistant spacesuits they have stowed on board their ship, which had been damaged. Kara exits the ship to take a look around but is immediately assailed by a new enemy—Splyce, the self-proclaimed Caretaker of Krypton. The female Tamaranean shapeshifter takes advantage of the kryptonite poisoning, which also induces hallucinations, to give our Girl of Steel the beatdown. In her hallucinations, Kara sees her parents, Zor-El and Alura In-Ze, back on Krypton. It seems at first as if she is merely remembering something from her childhood, but her parents’ faces shift into monsters, who then attack her. As Z’ndr speaks to her over her communicator, Kara manages to fight her subconscious and the shapeshifter. She remembers her father building a device meant to restart a planet’s core and save lives, however, this device was in Rogol Zaar’s possession. After directing Z’ndr to redirect the suit’s energy matrix, transforming into solar power, Kara uses her heat vision to defeat Splyce, who within the fight shapeshifts into Rogol Zaar. Unfortunately, she and Splyce are transported to the Vega System. Fortunately, Z’ndr tells Krypto that they will be able to follow by using the tracker in Kara’s suit. The story ends with Harry Hohum, Czar of the Citadel, remarking that Kara is just what he needs for his experiment.

The story was excellent, and the issue continues with two great backup stories. The first, written by Marc Andreyko, gives us some backstory on Dr. Z’ndr Kol. In the Idieg Prime Cluster, Z’ndr is searching for proof that the Ch’tyl flower still exists. Unfortunately for him, his robotic arm malfunctions and he falls from a cliff before he can. He finds a hologram of a Kryptonian woman making a distress call. We learn that Z’ndr understands Kryptonian, having studied it in school. The recording cuts off with the woman presumably being killed. Z’ndr has little time to react, as he is then attacked by the planet’s natives, who were using old Kryptonian weapons. This story concludes with Z’ndr contemplating what he found—the remnants of a Kryptonian colony and an altar. I loved learning more about this character, as I enjoy the rapport that he and Kara have. Of course, I do wonder about his motives, given that someone sabotaged Kara’s ship’s alpha drives and he just happens to have an extensive knowledge of alpha drives, not to mention that the hooded figure that sabotaged the ship is working in tandem with the people who are after Kara. Still, I’m excited to see what happens next.

The final backup story is written by one of my favorite comic book writers of all time, Dan Jurgens. It is a flashback story, taking place six months after Kara landed on Earth. Jeremiah Danvers, Kara’s adoptive dad, is decorating the Christmas tree when Eliza Danvers, her adoptive mom, enters the house. The pair are discussing Kara’s whereabouts when the Maid of Might arrives, covered in slime. As Jeremiah explains, Kara had been helping Ice battle a killer robot called a Megazon in Norway, which resulted in her being drenched in the Megazon’s gunk. After going upstairs to change, a panicked Kara asks Eliza what happened to her shoebox. To Kara’s dismay, Eliza had donated it to an orphanage. The box containing her suede boots also contained a Plourott—a Kryptonian stuffed animal—which she had hidden in the box for safekeeping. Eliza apologizes, and Jeremiah suggests that Kara sneak into the orphanage to get it back. Stealth mode doesn’t work out too well for Kara, as the children find her in her Supergirl costume and ask if she’s there for their holiday party. A little girl named Rosa proudly shows off her new gift, the Plourott, which she has decided to name ‘Smuffy’. It was an adorable exchange, and Kara seems visibly touched that her old stuffed animal has brought the child so much joy. One of the orphanage workers explains that Rosa just recently lost her parents and moved to National City from a colder climate. Kara calls up her friend Ice, who gives the children snow just in time for the holiday party. When Ice points out that Rosa won’t want to give up the Plourott, Kara insists that she wants her to have it. The issue concludes with Ice remarking that even the smallest action can be heroic, and the pair wishes the reader Happy Holidays.

Overall, this was a fantastic issue. I have loved Marc Andreyko’s Supergirl run so far, as each issue is both an action-packed space adventure that offers a window into Kara’s emotions as the Last Daughter of Krypton. The art was beautiful throughout, and it was such a treat to read a backup story by the always amazing Dan Jurgens.

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Melissa Privette

Melissa Privette

Melissa is a recovering accountant and an aspiring attorney with a love for comics who wants to be Lois Lane when she grows up.
Summary
Marc Andreyko continues to deliver an incredible Supergirl, and the backup stories, including one written by the great Dan Jurgens, are an added treat.
Good
  • Excellent characterization of Kara
  • Entertaining plot
  • The return of Dan Jurgens
  • Some backstory on Z'ndr Kol
Bad
  • Not a lot happens in the main story this issue
10
Perfect
Story - 10
Art - 10
Characterization - 10
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Melissa is a recovering accountant and an aspiring attorney with a love for comics who wants to be Lois Lane when she grows up.

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