Supergirl 3 (January 2012)

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Green and Johnson give Supergirl a Lex Luthor knock-off this issue–he lures her in, runs tests on her… Seems very familiar. Oh, like Action Comics last month.

It’s unclear why they need a Lex Luthor stand-in, except to make a dig at the U.S. over the lack of a space program.

The issue’s sadly stupid. Superman leaves Supergirl to her own devices (he’s got to help somebody) and Lex Jr. speaks to her as a hologram. In English, so she doesn’t understand, which creates some of the issue’s problems. It’s not a bad plot for an issue, it’s just a poorly written comic book.

And the art’s not up to par either. It’s unclear what, if anything, new inker Bill Reinhold does to Asrar’s pencils because the issue looks like nothing but pencils. Maybe faded ones, but sketchy pencils.

Just when things were looking up, Supergirl drops.

CREDITS

Reunion; writers, Michael Green and Mike Johnson; penciller, Mahmud Asrar; inker, Bill Reinhold; colorist, Paul Mounts; letterer, Rob Leigh; editors, Matt Idelson and Wil Moss; publisher, DC Comics.

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