Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 16, 2019
Cover date: March 2019
“Secrets and Lies”
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Penciller: Kevin Maguire
Inker: Sean Parsons, Scott Hanna and Wade Von Grawbadger
Cover: Yanick Paquette with Nathan Fairbairn
Variant Cover: Artgerm
Reviewed by: Glen J. Clark
Kara, having her lost her battle with Splyce last issue, finds herself prisoner of an Earthling named Harry Hokum, a “Space Nazi” as he was referred to. With her powers drained from lack of yellow sunshine, she is a helpless captive. Thinking Kara’s blood might have some curing properties, Hokum decides not to kill her but to experiment on her. Splyce blasts Supergirl for being insubordinate with a solar power energy blast, just enough to give Supergirl a little super-boost, which she decides to save for a more opportune time. Thrown into a prison cell with other various aliens, it is here she decides to use her little boost of super strength to free all the prisoners and attempt an escape. She meets up with the Omega Men, who have their own vendetta against Hokum. Agreeing to help each other they are met by an army of Hokum’s soldiers who are ordered to kill them all… except the Kryptonian.
Next Issue: Harry Hokum’s Army of Clones
Story – 2: I have been on board this run since Andreyko took over, but this story seemed like a filler issue and did not advance the main plot of this run at all. Also a few inconsistencies from last issue hurt the overall enjoyment of this issue. Splyce was introduced as the “Caretaker of Krypton” so how does that make her a hired hand of Harry Hokum? Also during Kara’s initial battle with Splyce, and right before they both vanished, Kara was at full strength thanks to the solar blasts from her enemy, yet completely drained at the start of this issue. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Art – 3: Kevin Maguire returns after a two issue hiatus. Maybe it was because we were spoiled the previous month with the very talented Emanuela Lupacchino artwork, but for me the art in this issue did not live up to the quality I have seen out of this title lately, and going back to Maguire’s first few issues confirms that we have seen better from this artist. Still, overall not bad art. We have just become accustomed to better.
Cover Art – 2: There is nothing memorable about this cover. The art style, the color pallet, the lack of detail on Harry Hokum. Overall not an appealing cover. However the subject matter does represent what to expect on the pages inside which is always a plus for me, saving it from a lower score.
Variant Cover Art – 5: The book is wrong, it credits Amanda Conner for this month’s variant when it is actually Stanley “Artgerm” Lau which is a reused piece of art from the exclusive print at NYCC 2017. I am glad DC chose to use this, however I’m not sure if Amanda Conner was late with her cover and they used this instead. The fact she is incorrectly credited in the book could suggest that. Whatever the reason, I am glad this cover was released in its place.
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