Cover date: March 2009
"Who is Superwoman?" - Part 1: "Puzzle Pieces"
Writer: Sterling Gates
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Keith Champagne
Reviewed by: Jeffrey Bridges
Kara is hanging out by the sun, looking for some alone time, grieving for her dad, when Superwoman arrives.
In Metropolis, Lois goes to talk to Inspector Mike Henderson of the Metacrimes division, who has found Agent Liberty's body. His suit is sending out a signal, notifying people that he was murdered.
Superwoman and Kara return home, and debate the choices that Alura has made. Kara wonders why Superwoman is apparently always fishing for information, and is happy to feel "normal" on a planet of superpowered Kryptonians. She vows to give her mother the help she needs, and Alura is waiting for her when Kara arrives.
Alura wants Kara to go to Earth to apprehend Reactron, so they can punish him for killing Zor-El.
Superwoman crashes into Kara on her way to Earth, and tells her she can't be there because it's too dangerous for her. Kara refuses to leave and Superwoman attacks her.
Story - 4: I find I don't have all that much to say about this issue, it felt like it was much more about Superwoman than Supergirl. And that's fine, it's an intriguing story at the moment, but so far it only relates to Kara in that Superwoman for some reason seems to want to be her friend and to keep her off of Earth.
I would have liked to see more time spent on Kara's internal struggle. It's clear she's having doubts about her mother but wants to support her anyway, because she's family, and that's a real and interesting dilemma. This issue wasn't uninteresting by any means, I just would have liked to have seen more time spent on Kara, especially considering how little development she's had since this book started.
Still, I'm hoping there will be more for her as the rest of this story plays out. Either way, this book is head and shoulders above where it used to be.
Art - 5: I am really starting to dig the art in this book. The facial expressions were exceptionally well done, and often you will see a book try to get part of the story across just from someone's facial expressions, as you would in a movie or television show.
Sadly, often that fails because the art doesn't accurately display the emotions and feelings on the person's face.
That is happily not the case here, and I enjoyed it throughout.
Cover Art - 3: This is from a panel directly out of the comic, unfortunately I don't think Superwoman re-entering the atmosphere feet-first is a terribly compelling image on its own.
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