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Cover date: October 2012
Writer: Michael Green and Mike Johnson
Penciller: Mahmud Asrar
Inker: Mahmud Asrar
Cover: Mahmud Asrar
Reviewed by: James Lantz
Supergirl is flying over the ocean in search of the pod debris that landed there. Upon diving into the water, she hears a mechanical voice speaking in Kryptonian. The trail leads Kara to be attacked by mutated life forms. However, they do not kill her. Instead, the Lost Daughter of Krypton is brought closer to what seems to be a large crystal structure like those on Krypton. Supergirl continues following the sounds she hears as she explores the compound. What Supergirl then sees surprises her. A transparent male humanoid greets her. It's Simon Tycho. He's claimed to have changed, and it's quite possible that he may have the answers Kara seeks. Will Tycho really assist her, or has he set a trap from which even Supergirl cannot escape?
Story - 3: I'm going to start by complaining about something that bothers me in comic books - the parenthetical expression. That's basically something written in parenthesis. I don't mind it in text articles, novels and short stories, but for some reason, I feel they're unnecessary in comics. Brian Michael Bendis tends to use them in his work. The two Mikes use parenthesis in this issue, and it really bugs me. Now, that I've gotten that off my chest let's look at the latest Supergirl.
A lot happens in this issue, which is good, but perhaps some things could have waited for issue thirteen. There might have been too many things for just one book. Michael Green and Mike Johnson dragged the part I cared for the least - the scene with the irradiated creatures, and didn't focus enough on character moments between Superman and Supergirl. The way this issue is set up makes it feel like an important piece of the story is missing. The point in which she enters the Fortress and encounters Kal isn't there beyond a phrase. As a result of this, the first few pages feel rushed into this issue merely to please the fans.
The point in which Kara finds the crystal building in the ocean in the splash page on page twenty-one would have been the perfect way to conclude the twelfth issue of the series, and Tycho's return could have been great to end number thirteen. This comic is pretty much going all over the place with some good things and some things that aren't that great. Overall, the final product isn't bad, but I, quite frankly, expected more from it.
Art - 3: Okay, I'm still on the fence about Superman's New 52 armor costume. Yet, that isn't why I gave the art a three. Mahmud Asrar's Supes doesn't look quite right to my eyes. He seems more like Justice League: The New Frontier's Kyle MacLachlan during the period when he did Dune and Twin Peaks. That just doesn't work for this Man of Steel in my opinion. Aside from that, the images in this book are classic Asrar.
Cover Art - 4: I couldn't stop thinking of that god awful film version of Stephen King's Dreamcatcher when I saw this cover. It's decent enough art, but the creatures and bubbles distract too much from Supergirl. As a result, she feels more like someone in the background rather than the image's protagonist.
Check out the Comic Index Lists for the complete list of Superman-related comics published in 2012.