Supergirl #3

A comic review article by: Ray Tate

Introducing Supergirl's first archenemy: Simon Tycho, a billionaire business man with too much time on his hands. He struck a deal with the U.S. government regarding aliens and their tech. In short, he claims Supergirl as his property. That's not going to sit well with the Girl of Steel.

I didn't like this issue of Supergirl. Writers Michael Green and Mike Johnson take an irritating, voyeuristic approach to Tycho. Supergirl should be the sole point of view character, but the writers shift focus so that the reader assumes Tycho's viewpoint. I'm on Kara's side. 

Tycho is a rather banal manifestation of evil. He doesn't fascinate. He's not as smart as Luthor. He's not as flamboyant as other villains, nor does he exhibit one iota of comedic potential. He's just some rich guy in a suit, the kind of amoral meatbag of money that the Occupy Wall Street protesters intend to bring down.


Supergirl tries to reacquire her spacecraft from Tycho's satellite headquarters, but Tycho throws numerous obstacles in her way, and they come from out of nowhere. Lethal nanotech butterflies attempt to blast Supergirl. An admittedly tres cool transparent humanoid attempts to kill her.

The farfetched resources are just too stacked in Tycho's favor. In the much maligned Supergirl film with Helen Slater as spectacular lead, Faye Dunaway portrays Selena a low level sorceress. She first consults a grimoire before the Omegahedron falls into her hands. Though the film's villain is "magical" the filmmakers at least give the viewer a source for the spellcasting. It's almost as if Tycho simply picked out the butterflies and the Brain out of luck.

The deus ex machina might have knocked down the grade to only 3 stars had Tycho not won. He doesn't deserve to win, but he ekes out a victory through an unexpected blow against the Maid of Might. I cry foul.

Bill Reinhold and regular artist Mahmud Asrar make a good team, and they really come through when Superman reveals Krypton's demise to Kara. Although you should be frightened of this incredibly powerful young woman succumbing to her emotions, you instead feel sorry for her. At that moment, she's vulnerable.

Unfortunately Paul Mounts proves to be a surprising mismatch for this title. Mounts provided the vibrant colors for Power Girl, but for some unfathomable reason, he opts for a faux water color look that's entirely too pale. Compare this to the cover, and you see that the artwork looks washed out. Maybe Mounts only did what was asked. If it was an editorial decision it was a bad one.

Ray Tate's first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, "Spider Without a Web," published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups, where he reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he's young at heart. Of course, we all know better.

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