Returning To The Ruins Of Krypton With Supergirl #25

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Supergirl, Krypto, and Z’ndr Kol arrive at the remains of what was once Planet Krypton. Immediately, the mass of Kryptonite and its radiation cause pain for Kara and Krypto. Kol helps them put on suits that shield them from the radiation, but it won’t do so for long. Supergirl goes out to investigate the remains of the planet, and she runs across a self-proclaimed Caretaker of Krypton calling herself Splyce attacks Supergirl.

In the second story, Z’ndr Kol investigates the ruins of a remote planet and finds something unexpected.

In the final story, the Danvers family readies for Christmas, but Supergirl isn’t in the celebrating mood due to a messy fight with a giant robot. Worse yet, the Danvers accidentally gave away a keepsake from Krypton. Kara flies out to retrieve it.

Supergirl #25 cover by Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, and Wil Quintana
Supergirl #25 cover by Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, and Wil Quintana

Supergirl #25 delivers a trio fairly entertaining stories to celebrate the 25th issue of this run of Kara’s series.

The first continues the ongoing story, which is Kara’s investigation into the true cause of the death of Krypton. It doesn’t go especially far, but it does give us a fairly cool fight between Supergirl and Splyce. There is a bit of a revelation at the end, though I’ll admit to not knowing its significance.

The Z’ndr Kol story is especially short and hints at some future revelations. It does flesh out the character of Kol, who turns out to be a fun and cocky self-styled Indiana Jones type.

The final story is a fun little holiday tale. It’s heartwarming if a little trite. Dan Jurgens once again really needs to cool it on the “adorable kid” dialogue. That’s the only real complaint I have about it though. Ice is in it, so that’s definitely cool.

Supergirl #25 art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, FCO Plascencia, and letterer Tom Napolitano
Supergirl #25 art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, FCO Plascencia, and letterer Tom Napolitano

Emanuela Lupacchino, Lan Medina, Brad Walker, and Tom Derenick are the artists on this one, with Lupacchino and Walker sharing the first story. Each artist puts in good work, and there’s little to complain about across the board. Derenick does draw Kara really thin though, and Walker’s smug face on Z’ndr Kol is a mixture of funny and uncanny. FCO Plascencia and Chris Sotomayor are the color artists, and they put in some damn solid work too.

Supergirl #25 isn’t the most exciting of issues, but it is a decently fun series of tales about Kara Zor-El and the people around her. The battle between Kara and Splyce in the first story is a lot of fun, Kol turns out to be a kinda fun character, and Ice shows up. I can recommend this comic to any fans of Supergirl. Feel free to check it out.

Supergirl #25 comes to us from writers Marc Andreyko and Dan Jurgens, Emanuela Lupacchino, Lan Medina, Brad Walker, and Tom Derenick, inkers Ray McCarthy, Sean Parsons, and Drew Hennessy, color artists FCO Plascencia and Chris Sotomayor, letterer Tom Napolitano, cover artist Doug Mahnke with Jaime Mendoza and Wil Quintana, and variant cover artist Amanda Conner with Paul Mounts.

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