The Cure Isn’t Here: ‘Supergirl #40’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
The weaponized Kryptonite has caused Supergirl’s infection to mutate further and she is just as committed to spreading it further. She won’t let Wonder Woman stop her, no matter how much Diana pleads. Supergirl continues to attack Wonder Woman, but Diana won’t fight back. Kara tries to infect Diana too, but she won’t let that happen. Finally, Krypto interferes and Supergirl is forced to consider that something might be wrong with her after all.

Supergirl #40 cover by Joe Bennett and Jay David Ramos
Supergirl #40 cover by Joe Bennett and Jay David Ramos

Supergirl #40 brings an end to the Infection storyline in Kara’s book. Wonder Woman, Krypto, and the people of Smallville finally get through to Kara and she decides that things can’t go on like this.
Before we get to that point, we get a lot of Supergirl beating the tar out of Wonder Woman while Diana tries to get through to Kara. That is pretty cool, though it doesn’t seem that Supergirl does much actual damage to Diana. 
The moment where Supergirl finally sees how much Krypto and the people of Smallville are afraid of her is a powerful moment too. We see Kara accept that people do love her and that she was helping people before the Infection.
From there, Kara makes the decision to use the sun to cure the Infection, and this would lead to a feel-good and enjoyable finale. However, if you read Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #4 last week, you know that this isn’t how Supergirl’s infection ends. That is, of course, the danger of crossover events and I struggle to blame Jody Houser or Rachael Stott for the ending to this comic being unsatisfying.
Supergirl #40 art by Rachael Stott, Cris Peter, and letterer Tom Napolitano
Supergirl #40 art by Rachael Stott, Cris Peter, and letterer Tom Napolitano

Stott’s artwork is slick, well-detailed, and makes for some fantastic fight scenes. We see Supergirl unleashed in this issue, but we also see some cool moves from Wonder Woman. There is a weird lack of spatial awareness in much of the book. Cris Peter’s color work is solid, though there could be more bright colors to help balance the comic.
Supergirl #40 is an enjoyable read that finally brings us the big Supergirl vs. Wonder Woman fight we’ve been waiting for. While the ending is lackluster, the rest of the book is strong enough to earn the comic a recommendation. Feel free to pick this one up.
Supergirl #40 comes to us from writer Jody Houser, artist Rachael Stott, color artist Cris Peter, letterer Tom Napolitano, cover artist Joe Bennett with Jay David Ramos, and variant cover artist Derrick Chew.
Final Score: 7/10

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