Becoming A Real Hero With Supergirl #37

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Supergirl has been infected by the Batman Who Laughs and she now has plans to truly change our world for the better. However, after a chaotic attempt at saving a school bus from falling off of a bridge, Superman and Batman intervene. Superman doesn’t want to risk hurting Kara, but she doesn’t share the same sentiment for him. A fight breaks out between the two of them above the city. Batman tries to help in one of his Batplanes, but Supergirl harbors a special grudge for Bruce.

Supergirl #37 cover by Bengal
Supergirl #37 cover by Bengal

Supergirl #37 continues the “Infected” saga for Kara Zor-El. She now wants to make a “real” difference in the world, but we don’t yet see what exactly that means. Instead, she carelessly saves a bus, almost kills a semi truck driver, and is stopped by Superman and Batman.
The fight against Clark and Bruce is pretty cool, as we get to see how easily Supergirl can hold back both heroes (even if they aren’t exactly trying to hurt her). In the end, Batman mostly makes for a soft target for Superman to worry about.
We also get a brief return to Kara’s life before she left for space. Ben makes a brief cameo, though this reunion is quickly interrupted.
The issue doesn’t bring any major developments for the overall “Infected” story beyond a skirmish with the World’s Finest. Though, we do get a sort-of cameo by the Batman Who Laughs.
Supergirl #37 art by Rachael Stott, Cris Peter, and letterer Tom Napolitano
Supergirl #37 art by Rachael Stott, Cris Peter, and letterer Tom Napolitano

Rachael Stott is the artist on this issue, and she does an excellent job in rendering the Infected Supergirl. Her play with the body language is a particularly memorable part of the visual work, especially in the book’s early two-page spread. The fight between Supergirl and the World’s Finest has a great flow to it as well. Cris Peter’s color work is bright and popping too, which serves this book well.
Supergirl #37 is a solid if slightly uneventful issue for the Girl of Steel. The fight against Batman and Superman is fun and we do get a peak at what’s going on in Infected Kara’s head. However, the plot doesn’t really move anywhere. Regardless, I can still give the book a recommendation for the big fight and the great visual work. Feel free to pick it up.
Supergirl #37 comest to us from writer Jody Houser, artist Rachael Stott, color artist Cris Peter, letterer Tom Napolitano, cover artist Bengal, and variant cover artist Derrick Chew.
Final Score: 6.5/10

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