New 52 Comic Review – “Red Lanterns” #29 (Red Daughter of Krypton)

Red Lanterns #29 came out this week, continuing Kara Zor-El’s spiral into Red Lantern-hood.

We catch up with the RLs on Ysmault, two of the guys debating whether or not to test out this supposedly tremendously powerful weapon.

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And the nominations for this year’s Darwin Awards are…

But they do have a pretty sturdy, and even eager target in mind.

I'd be mad, too, if that was my haircut.

I’d be mad, too, if that was my haircut.

Already becoming fast friends with the only woman there, the guys are about to give Kara’s underaged ass some boozahol, when Guy Gardner interrupts. Frankly, I agree that she houldn’t be drinking whatever alien alcohol they’ve got, willy nilly.

*cough* Daterape. *cough*

*cough* Daterape. *cough*

Irritated with his team and still leery of their new recruit, Guy tells them that that they’re going to all go on one of their rare, yet overdue, patrols. And, of course, Earth is in their sector…

Surprisingly, subtlety is not the strong suit of a man with a motorhead mustache.

Surprisingly, subtlety is not the strong suit of a man with a motorhead mustache.

We cut on over to Indonesia, where Superman is trying to save the survivors of a tsunami before a second wave hits.

Not to nitpick but where were you for the first wave? This Wonder Woman business needs to stop!

Not to nitpick but where were you for the first wave? This Wonder Woman business needs to stop!

The Red Lanterns split up, Guy leaving Kara with the others to go and have a little chat with Big Blue.

Supes totally looks like he's sucking it in here, doesn't he?

Supes totally looks like he’s sucking it in here, doesn’t he?

Now, in the New 52, Clark and Guy have never met. So, the only thing that Clark has to go on with respect to the Red Lanterns is whatever Hal Jordan has told him. And, as we all know, Hal is kind of a dick. So, when Kara shows up because, y’know, super-hearing, Clark is shocked… And upset.

"She's changed factions, and she STILL won't wear pants?!"

“She’s changed factions, and she STILL won’t wear pants?!”

Guy manages to calm Clark down with his promise that he A.) had nothing to do with this, B.) is trying to help the girl, and C.) is telling him because he thinks that he might be able to help and should also know. Because of reasons. Clark tries to get her to remove the ring. The guys tell him that removing a Red Lantern ring is fatal.

Oh, boy. Here we go again.

Oh, boy. Here we go again.

Kara has a mini freak-out and releases a ginormous blast of optic energy. But let’s take a step back.

They’ve taken a moment to remind everyone, again, that the Blue Lanterns are gone. I meant, except for that one guy, but his ring and him aren’t on speaking terms at the moment…

But why remind us?

My guess is that a Blue doesn’t save Kara in the end of this “Red Daughter” business, but that she’s going to become a Blue Lantern. That separated ring may just find itself a new host. After all, “Supergirl” writer Tony Bedard has promised readers time and again that he’s doing this to redeem Kara, to bring her back to the road of a hero, to make her more likeable, etc.

So, let’s get right on back to the story.

Yup. She's more level-headed already.

Yup. She’s more level-headed already.

Okay, so her rehabilitation is gonna take a little bit longer that we all may have thought, initially. Although the likeability is bumped up a few points by her expression as she watches him flying backwards.

And then, instant karma!

And then, instant karma!

Not please but not all that put-out, Clark comes back to keep their dialogue going, but Kara isn’t thrilled by the idea of a bunch of adults treating her like a problem to be solved.

In fact, she has all of the opinions.

I still don’t trust that one dude. Bro, you are too excited. She is 16!

In fact, she has all of the opinions. And she wants to voice them! Because that’s healthy! Fuck anybody who doesn’t care.

So, Superman lays some truth down on her.

And this is the first time that I've ever actually liked Superman since the New 52 reboot.

And this is the first time that I’ve ever actually liked Superman since the New 52 reboot.

Clark tells Guy that he reserved opinions for his own experience, and that the Reds are alright by him, but that he still will be keeping an eye out for his little cousin, even as she is effectively Guy Gardner’s problem now.

Then he drops the mike.

Superman, out. PEACE.

Superman, out. PEACE.

The RLs head back home to Ysmault, chatting and already seeming fairly cohesive for a bunch of folks who’ve just met and whose literal lifeblood is 100% pure rage-a-hol.

No, but really, girl, stay away from that one dude.

No, but really, girl, stay away from that one dude.

Unfortunately, the good times aren’t meant to last…

Oh, right. This was a thing last issue.

Oh, right. This was a thing last issue.

…As we remember that some bad shit has gone down while these older men have all been crowding around a teenaged girl in revealing clothing.

Okay. So, really, the “Red Daughter” thing hasn’t been as painful as I originally thought that it would be. And the writing in Red Lanterns and in Supergirl since Bedard’s takeover has been better than most of the stuff that I’ve been reading from DC lately.

So, the verdict is that Red Lanterns and Supergirl are actually worth it for the time being. Not much happened in this issue, really, and I still think that I’ve got a good idea of how this arc is going to go, but be sure to check in with us next time, and let us know what you think of Supergirl as a Red Lantern in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

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About pattyinreallife

I'm a graphic artist, writer, film-maker, and avid baker. I sing in the car and laugh at the worst/best moments. I am the coolest nerd you will ever meet. Try not to let your jealousy show too badly.

Posted on April 5, 2014, in Comic Review, DC Comics, Superman and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have a question… Why does she get a mask as a Red Lantern when no other Red Lanterns have masks?

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