Kara Zor-El VS Supergirl? ‘Supergirl #39’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Wonder Woman and Supergirl continue their battle while the powers that be send out mechanical warriors to put Supergirl down. They use Kryptonite weapons capable of pacifying Supergirl, but Wonder Woman is unwilling to allow them to capture the Girl of Steel. Kara is unwilling to allow herself to be saved and she joins the fight against the mech warriors despite their Kryptonite weaponry. However, Kara senses some Smallville citizens in need. Will Supergirl’s better instincts shine through or has the Infection already spread too far?

Supergirl #39 cover by Kevin Maguire and FCO Plascencia
Supergirl #39 cover by Kevin Maguire and FCO Plascencia

Supergirl #39 continues the battle between Kara Zor-El and Wonder Woman, with Diana willing to do whatever it takes to cure Supergirl of the Batman Who Laughs’ Infection. Unfortunately, Wonder Woman doesn’t seem to be getting through to Supergirl and the military interfenes.
Not that I can say that the military would be completely wrong in intervening on this kind of situation. A superbeing with godlike powers has taken over a small Middle American town; that’s a pretty terrifying prospect.
Regardless, it’s an action-heavy issue that doesn’t really advance the story very much. We do get to see how much of Supergirl’s better angels still exist in Kara, but that doesn’t really redound to much of a cure. Plus, we don’t get to see Supergirl and Wonder Woman fight for very long and that is one of the selling points of this story arc.
We do get to see that the good Kara is still in there somewhere her and Wonder Woman cut loose on some giant robots. That’s far from nothing.
Supergirl #39 art by Rachael Stott, Cris Peter, and letterer Tom Napolitano
Supergirl #39 art by Rachael Stott, Cris Peter, and letterer Tom Napolitano

Rachael Stott’s artwork continues to impress, giving the book a sleek and dynamic appearance that really comes to life in the action scenes. Kara and Diana are made to be very expressive and the robots have a pretty good design to boot. Cris Peter provides a warm and somewhat ominous color palette, suited to the corrupted Kara Zor-El on display.
Supergirl #39 is a decent continuation of the Infected Supergirl saga, finding Kara torn between fighting Wonder Woman, enacting her plans, and actually helping the people of Smallville. The story feels a little stalled out, but there is still plenty of fun to be had in this issue. As such, I can still recommend this comic. Feel free to pick it up.
Supergirl #39 comes to us from writer Jody Houser, artist Rachael Stott, color artist Cris Peter, letterer Tom Napolitano, cover artist Kevin Maguire with FCO Plascencia, and variant cover artist Derrick Chew.
Final Score: 6.5/10

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