Old Man wrote:The problem with the 28-page story is that it was closing a chapter of the present story while helping to set up the next story, and that Supergirl is not the driving comic in either story. You can see the same effect in this week's issue of Superman. The Conner Kent, Science Police, and Mon-El story sorta ends while setting up the next story, which, I believe, will be the big 100 Minute War in the all Superman related titles.
I love continuing stories when a series of plots is used year after to year to present one huge story. I moved last year, finally getting cable again (I was mostly cable-free for nearly 3 years; no money to pay for it). I have discovered House. Just about every significant thing that has happened last year and this is related to past episodes. (Thanks to cable reruns, I get to see many of those old episodes.)
But at some point, House will have to end, as all television series do. At some pint, shouldn't there be a major break between comic book stories to allow the readers to take a break from remembering all that is tied in with the present story? I think so, and I think that has hurt the Superman line the last year or two.
Thing is, that with the exception of her rehashed origin, Supergirl has been at the mercy of other books. It and Teen Titans are the clearest examples of how Editorial should not be allowed to dictate what goes on in a book. It is one thing to acknowledge other story lines or to crossover, but Supergirl started as spin off of a story in Superman Batman and spent the first two years dealing with that, then Amazons Attack and now the World Without a Superman dictates its story. Its not fair to the character or the writers.
I am one of the first to say that you have to write a compelling story regardless of having to play with editorial's toys, it is part of their job when writing the big two's books, but both those titles have lacked any kind of spark in a while. At some point, you have to allow the character and the writer to develop on their own. With Supes off planet, it is the perfect time to just let Kara have at it and its not, its one big mess of stuff that has been brewing for a while in OTHER books. Let it be its own book or cross it over, don't rely on cliches, contrivances and supporting cast.
Plus the writing is just bad. This read like the Insect Queen story in Superman and that wasn't any good either.