DC Comics (July, 2013)“Home Invasion” WRITER: Michael Alan Nelson ARTIST: Mahmud Asrar COLORIST: Dave McCraig LETTERER: Bob Leigh COVER ART: Emanuela Lupacchino with Nel Ruffino ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Dickey Purdin EDITOR: Eddie Berganza based on characters created by Jerry Seigel & Joe Shuster
Supergirl’s sanctuary turns on Supergirl and Power Girl, confused by the two Karas, and refuses to listen to either. Supergirl’s Kryptonite poisoning doesn’t really help much, as the two versions of Kara Zor-El fight for their lives while trying to get to know each other.
What they got right: I avoided this title originally because I didn’t really want to read about a Supergirl who hated Earth and didn’t care for Earthlings. And of course I avoided that whole “H’el On Earth” event. I picked this and the previous issue up for Power Girl and I liked what I saw in these two issues. Power Girl felt more like Power Girl than the Levitz version (even if I do prefer her new outfit to the classic one I guess I’m stuck with…being the only one who liked it apparently) and this issue was a good meeting and team-up between the two. Sanctuary was a fun “villain” with how stupid it actually was.
What they got wrong: I haven’t been following the series, but from inference, this leaves Supergirl with no safe place, unlike Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. It seems like she’s been through a lot and now she has nothing. I don’t think that’s fair to the character. Hopefully Nelson isn’t one of those “I’m having fun torturing my characters” types because there’s too many of those. Coming up with new challenges? Have fun with that. Torturing and making miserable? Kind of cold to me.
Recommendation: I don’t know if I’ll be picking up this series regularly. I’ll leaf through the next few issues before I make a final verdict there. This past two, though, is a nice “first” meeting between the two Karas and is at least worth a read.