The Battle For Kara’s Soul Begins In Supergirl #38

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Krypto finds Supergirl in a massive tower she’s built in Smallville. She’s recreated the Batman Who Laughs’ satellite and intends to infect all of Smallville with it. She announces her plan to the people of the town, but they still fear her. Meanwhile, Superman and Batman worry about the infected heroes that have been set loose upon the Earth. Superman wants to go after Kara, but Batman insists that they need to focus on the bigger picture. Batman calls in a helping hand to bring in Supergirl: Wonder Woman.

Supergirl #38 cover by Mike Perkins and Gabe Eltaeb
Supergirl #38 cover by Mike Perkins and Gabe Eltaeb

Supergirl #38 finds Kara trying to enact her plan to infect the world on behalf of the Batman Who Laughs, starting with Smallville. In her mind, she truly believes she’s doing something good for the fragile people of Earth; she still thinks she’s being the hero, no matter how many of her friends and family tell her otherwise. It’s still not clear what she thinks infecting humanity will do for them beyond some vague intonations of unleashing their full potential. 

The showdown between Wonder Woman and Supergirl doesn’t come until the final few pages of the comic. Naturally, Diana tries to talk down Kara at first, but it doesn’t work. Diana realizes that Kara needs to be stopped before she hurts anyone else and force will be necessary.

Rachael Stott once again pencils the lion’s share of the comic, with Inaki Miranda covering three pages towards the end. Both artists make the book look fantastic, giving Supergirl and the world around her ample detailing. The fight between Supergirl and Wonder Woman is solid and we get to see Wonder Woman’s famous fighting prowess. Hi-Fi provides the color art and the book is vibrant and appealing as a result. 

Supergirl #38 shows a lost hero convinced she’s helping the people around her as those people become more and more frightened of her. It’s a tragic story that ends with Kara fighting one of her close friends. It’s a damn good read and it earns a recommendation. Check this one out.

Supergirl #38 comes to us from writer Jody Houser, artists Rachael Stott and Inaki Miranda, color artist Hi-Fi, letterer Tom Napolitano, cover artist Mike Perkins with Gabe Eltaeb, and variant cover artist Derrick Chew.

Final Score: 8/10

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