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Supergirl #38 Supergirl #38

Supergirl #38

Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 21, 2015

Cover date: March 2015

"Crucible - Part Three"

Writer: K. Perkins and Mike Johnson
Penciller: Emanuela Lupacchino
Inker: Ray McCarthy
Cover: Emanuela Lupacchino

Reviewed by: James Lantz

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The clone Kon-El, better known as Superboy, is hiding out in plain sight in Rome, Italy's Roma Con comic book convention, while Kara Zor-El and her friends from Crucible are on the planet Ngo aiding Tsavo in fighting his brother Roho, who killed their parents, the ruling monarchs of that world. Roho and his followers are former Crucible students who claim they were expelled for not following orders. One such being called Vax emits a light that paralyzes Supergirl, Maxima, Tsavo and Captain Comet as Roho's army escapes through a dimensional portal. Kara and her allies will have their work cut out for them if they are to catch up to Roho.

Roho's renegades are heading for Earth. Their objective is Superboy in Rome. The Boy of Steel is also a target of Crucible. Kara learns of this during the conflict with Roho in which Comet was injured. The Lost Daughter of Krypton is not happy, and she's willing to not let anyone or anything interfere with her protecting Kon-El. Will Supergirl succeed, or will she and Superboy pay the ultimate price for defying Crucible? Be sure to be here next month to find out.

5Story - 5: Shouldn't the folks in Rome be speaking Italian or at the very least be translated from Italian? Sorry, I'm being a bit too picky. Back to the review. I'm not certain what I was expecting from this issue, but I thoroughly enjoyed how some plot threads came together, especially Superboy and the pursuit of him by both Roho's soldiers and Crucible. That particular element made this chapter more interesting, and I can't help but wonder what will happen to Kara and Kon-El in the next issue. Don't wait for the hardcover or trade with this one. Pick up this and previous issue in the "Crucible" arc. You'll be glad you did.

4Art - 4: I knocked off one point for botched S shields on some pages. Apart from that, the art was really well done. The style reminded me ofTerry Dodson's work on Marvel Knights: Spider-Man. It's the fun type that works perfectly for the style of storytelling in this particular serial.

5Cover Art - 5: Okay, Kara's not wearing the visored costume in this issue. That's no big deal for me. I just wanted to point this out in case some poor soul is expecting this when they buy the comic. If you're looking for that suit, (I wasn't) you'll be disappointed. Still, the cover art makes you want to spend three bucks for the contents in this comic.

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