With all the news last week and reviews galore to go over, I almost forgot to comment on the 'Who is Superwoman?' trade that was released.
The trade has a lot going for it. For one, the cover is the spectacular cover of Supergirl #38, one of the most beautiful pieces Josh Middleton has produced for the title. There is something eerie about the spectral Superwoman looming over Supergirl. It is also tagged as a 'New Krypton' trade, broadening its appeal.
It also includes the variant cover of Supergirl #34 at the back of the trade.
Of course, one of the more interesting things of the trade is the introduction written by none other than Helen Slater. It is a warm piece comparing Supergirl's struggles to those of any teenager albeit written on a bigger scale. It is a nice piece and I am glad to see Slater is finding some place in the Supergirl family.
The trade itself includes Supergirl #34, and then Supergirl #37-42 - the first issue of the Gates/Igle run and the subsequent"Who is Superwoman?' arc. I have to say that in rereading the issues in one sitting, it is good read. In particular, that first issue still stands out as such a wonderful story - both acknowledging what has happened before and breaking from it.
I would have liked to see issues #35 and 36 included here as we jump from the introduction of Linda Lang to a post-New Krypton, post-Zor-El murder world. We don't, for example, see the Kryptonite poisoning cure here or Zor-El's death. But those issues were so enmeshed with the opening New Krypton story I can understand the need to put them elsewhere.
Still, the trade stands up with a great Superwoman story and I am glad that #34 was included as that is such a key issue moving forward.