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Cover date: July 2009
"Who is Superwoman?" - Part 5: "Daughters of Krypton"
Writer: Sterling Gates
Penciller: Fernando Dagnino
Inker: Raul Fernandez
Reviewed by: Jeffrey Bridges
Kara battles Lucy, Lucy confesses to everything she's done and says she's going to blame it on Kara. They fight, Reactron arrives and assists Lucy.
Lana is discharged from the hospital, and Jimmy and Cat are suspicious of her leaving so soon.
Inspector Henderson, somehow not dead, arrives and shoots Reactron in the head, which somehow only makes him fall unconscious. When he falls he grabs Superwoman and somehow shorts out part of her suit. Kara beats her up and rips the S off her chest, saying she doesn't deserve to wear it. By ripping the suit somehow Superwoman contorts and explodes.
Kara then wonders if she's killed Lucy.
Story - 2: Knowing that answers should be coming next issue (the title for the next issue is "Questions and Answers, Epilogues and Homecomings") is nice, but it doesn't really help matters.
Everything just seems entirely too convenient here. There's several deus ex machinas that are supposed to make you go "whoa!" and "cool!", and they do... but then, if you spare even a second for critical thought, make you stop and add "but that doesn't make sense".
Reactron shows up out of the blue to do... nothing of any value to the story. And then... dead Henderson is not dead and shows up out of the blue to do... nothing of any value to the story. All he does is shoot Reactron (With a bullet. In the head. And BLOOD SPURTS OUT... and he's UNCONSCIOUS?!), but Reactron didn't need to be there anyway.
It was a dues ex resolution to a conflict that didn't need to be there. Oh no, he has gold kryptonite, Kara is powerless for 15 seconds! I am so sick of that already. So what? What did that add? All it did was prolong the fight to have an arbitrarily longer fight.
The only thing of consequence that happened in this entire issue is that Lucy Lane is now dead (or is she?). That's it. Everything else was just designed to draw that out and make it last 22 pages.
Art - 3: The fight looked good, but everything else looks a bit less so.
Cover Art - 2: Kara again looks like she's nine, and Superwoman, who's supposed to be quite a bit older than Kara, looks all of 10. What is this? These characters are not children!
It's just WEIRD how young they keep looking on the covers. I don't get it. They look like two girls fighting over a swing on the playground.
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