Supergirl #66

Story by
Art by
Marc Deering, CrissCross
Colors by
Letters by
Travis Lanham
Cover by
DC Comics

"Supergirl" #66 hits an excellent blend of Kara being traditionally heroic, and even donning her costume, while also allowing her to hone her detective skills as she searches for missing students at Stanhope College.

Kara is continuing her detective work as a prospective student at Stanhope College in an effort to discover what is happening to missing students. Kara searches for the latest potentially missing person with her roommate and the rest of the Pajama Society, getting trapped underground along the way. They face rather horrifying robotic rats that Kara defeats wisely and almost without revealing herself to be more than mild-mannered Linda. In the end, Kara, fully Supergirled-up, prepares to face off against Professor Ivo himself so she can free the kidnapped students. Meanwhile, Lois is uncovering another component of the missing student conspiracy topside with typical Lois panache.

Kelly Sue DeConnick's writing and plotting continues to be right on track in this second issue to her three-issue arc. The story is well paced, putting us right where we need to be at the end of this issue, with a solid cliffhanger to boot. There are fewer opportunities for DeConnick to be funny in this issue than the last, which is unfortunate, but she makes the most of Kara's distinctive sense of humor when she can. And she continues to have a great feel for both Kara and Lois' voices. It's so refreshing to see two strong but very different women, written well and consistently in the pages of one comic book.

CrissCross' art still has a flavor and a style that I think well fits this book tonally, feeling equal parts enthusiastic and youthful. Like the first issue, there continues to be some strange expressions that feel a bit off or too extreme. However, forced to choose between a penciler that goes too far with character expressions versus one that does too little, I would choose the former anytime, so that's worth considering. The storytelling is a bit confusing in a few spots, particularly with some of the scene transitions feeling a bit abrupt, but that may just be a problem of so much ground needing to be covered in this issue. In general, his Kara is powerful and beautiful and his robotic rats are completely horrifying.

I'm enjoying "Supergirl" for the first time since I've started reading it, and it makes the forthcoming relaunch in September feel bittersweet. Prior to DeConnick coming on board, "Supergirl" is not a title I would have minded a relaunch on so much, but now I'm feeling attached to what she's done here and the character she's shown me. I feel disappointed that we won't get to see where DeConnick might have taken us.

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