“I’M THE BAD GUY”, PART 3
After the Lasso of Truth reveals something unexpected about Supergirl’s infection, Wonder Woman is quickly running out of ways to try to bring Kara back peacefully. Making matters worse, the government has sent robotic military backup to Smallville to deal with the possible atomic threat of Infected Supergirl — and neither Wonder Woman nor Supergirl is prepared for the innocent casualties this could mean for the town.
What I’m Excited For…
While the other “Secret Six” books have largely been your average “mirror universe” looks at heroes, Supergirl has been a great study on the lasting impacts of trauma.
This twisted version of Supergirl isn’t a rank and file bad guy, she’s a young woman who’s meticulously structured emotional defenses have been suddenly wiped out and now she’s forced to feel EVERYTHING. In a lot of ways this story serves as the spiritual coda to her turn as a Red Lantern. First there was anger, now there is madness.
What I Thought…
Wonder Woman’s actions here make total sense. She’s not just fighting to stop Kara from going even further off the deep end, thanks to the Batman Who Laughs manipulations, but is trying to break through the shell of pain and trauma that are currently fueling Kara’s twisted goal. In many ways this particular storyline is a parallel to the Red Daughter arc from the New 52, and I’m glad that editorial sent in Wonder Woman to stop Kara instead of bringing in Clark. The tension in the issue would’ve been less sympathetic “let me help you” and more of the “stand down, now” type interactions you’d expect from the Man of Steel. It’s a pity that this title will be coming to an end soon, It’s probably the strongest book in the Superman Family right now.
Above Average Joe’s Rating
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