Sunday, February 7, 2016

Supergirl #34

We'll Always Have Parasite

Peter David, Writer
Leonard Kirk, Penciller
Robin Riggs, Inker
Gene D'Angelo, Colorist
Digital Chameleon, Seps
Bill Oakley, Letterer
Frank Berrios, Asst. Ed.
Mike McAvennie, Bougoise

No Supergirl and Parasite — it's "Eiffel" Tower, not "I Fell" Tower! Leonard Kirk, Robin Riggs and Patrick Martin took the plunge for this month's cover. I'm actually not too impressed with this cover, and that's mainly because of Kirk's art. It's just really blobby and unimpressive. But, I am happy the inside artist was the cover artist, and he did draw a scene that actually happens in this book.

Impulse and friends only make a very brief cameo in this issue, so we'll just breeze through this. Supergirl got her dates mixed up and accidentally scheduled an art exhibit for her alter ego, Linda Danvers, in Paris at the same time Supergirl was supposed to give a speech at a charity event in Columbus, Ohio. I'm not sure exactly how that worked with the time difference, but it was pretty fun watching her come up with lame excuses to abruptly leave one event to rush off to the other in a futile attempt to be in two places at once.

While flying to Columbus, Supergirl passes through a thick cloud of fog and nearly crashes into Young Justice on the Super-Cycle. Robin manages to phase them through the heroine, which comes as a big shock for Supergirl, who only recognizes Superboy from the group. Collision averted, Superboy shouts at Supergirl for being a "skyhog" and Impulse makes a really stupid mocking gesture. All Arrowette cares about is Supergirl's hair, while Supergirl flies away, considering Superboy real immature.

And that's all we see of Young Justice in this issue. Where were they going? What were they doing? It doesn't matter — it was funny! Sometimes, that is my favorite kind of cameo. Completely random and utterly goofy. Anyway, while Supergirl is hoping back and forth between Columbus and Paris, the Parasite escapes the D.E.O. in Paris, kills a bunch of agents and gets into a big fight with Supergirl, ending the issue on a cliffhanger.

Even though I breezed through this issue, it was actually really good. Peter David supplied his usual sense of humor with some truly terrifying moments with Parasite. And since he's writing Supergirl and Young Justice, it was only a matter of time before they crossed paths (and they will again before too long). Of course, Impulse had previously met Supergirl for about five minutes with the New Titans, but I'm not entirely sure if that was the same Supergirl we have here. In any case, I really did enjoy this issue, even with the lackluster art.

None of the letters to the editor mention Impulse or Young Justice, so let's head straight to the ads:

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Next time, Impulse and friends will make another quick cameo in Resurrection Man #26.

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