Argo City Reviews: Action Comics #294

“The Mutiny of super-horse.” Supergirl’s super-powered horse, Comet, is about to be taken to Hollywood for a part in a movie. As Linda, she asks for one more ride with Comet, and as they go for a final gallop, they see a broken cable-car falling into a canyon. Together, Supergirl and Comet save the people in the cable car. Then they return, and Comet goes to Hollywood as Linda returns to Midvale. Shortly, however, Supergirl is asked to help the producers of the very movie that stars Comet. Supergirl uses her powers to help with special effects, even though Comet doesn’t really need them. However, Comet seems to develop a very close relationship to the lovely film star Liz Gaynor. Comet stays with Liz eating water-lilies and ignores Supergirl. Later, when Liz takes Comet for a ride and they near quick-sand, Supergirl goes to help them, but loses her powers to some discarded Kryptonite. Comet saves Liz instead of Supergirl. Once the quicksand takes Supergirl under, she gets far enough from the Kryptonite to save herself. Later she tries to communicate with Comet but he seems to ignore her. Upset that her old friend is giving her the cold shoulder, Supergirl asks Superman for advice, and he determines that the water-lilies have memory-altering properties — Comet has amnesia, and doesn’t remember Supergirl or that he’s a super-horse. Supergirl tries to startle his memory back by switching quickly between her identities but it only serves to scare him. Thus, it seems that Supergirl has lost her friend Comet for good.


Argo City Reviews: Action Comics #293

“The secret origin of Supergirl’s super-horse.” Continuing the story from last issue, Linda Danvers helps the hands at the Supergirl Dude Ranch brand and shoe the wild horse, who she has named Comet. After doing so, Linda takes him for a ride, and the two begin to communicate telepathically. Comet admits that he is the one who gave Supergirl dreams of a super-horse in the last issue, with his telepathy. Comet explains that he was once a centaur named Biron, who fell in love with Circe. She tried to give him a potion to turn him completely human, but the evil wizard Maldor cursed the potion and it turned Biron into a horse. Blaming herself, Circe gave Biron another potion that provided him with super-powers, to make up for turning him into a horse. Maldor then cast a spell on Biron that banished him to an asteroid in the Saggitarius constellation. There, Biron lived for centuries until Supergirl’s rocket came by. Its repeller rays broke him out of his imprisonment, and he followed Supergirl back to earth. He then contacted Supergirl telepathically so he could meet her. Later, Linda rides Comet in a rodeo, which he wins with his super-powers. Then, aliens attack earth, and Comet helps Supergirl fight them. When she gets back to the dude ranch, however, a movie producer is waiting to buy Comet and put him into the movies.


Argo City Reviews: Action Comics #292

“The super-steed of Steel.” After Linda Danvers watches a western with a fabulous horse, she begins having a series of dreams about owning a horse of her own — one with super-powers. First, she dreams that she is trying to fight off an alien invasion, but that the invaders hit her with Kryptonite. A super-powered white horse flies up and rescues her, and then kicks the aliens back into space. Next she dreams that a submarine has sunk, and the horse, whom she now calls “Comet,” swims down and rescues the sailors. Finally, she dreams that Streaky and Krypto fly into the past, and find a super-horse who rescues an American ship from a Kamikaze attack. Later, when her parents take her on vacation to the “Supergirl Dude Ranch,” she encounters a real white horse that no one else can tame, but he lets her ride him. The horse exhibits supernatural jumping ability, making Supergirl believe he is her dream horse… but where did he come from?


Argo City Reviews: Action Comics #291

“The bride of Mr. Mxyzptlk.” Linda Danvers and her adoptive parents visit her old orphanage in Midvale, and bring gifts for the children. Linda is quite happy with her foster family, and they adore her. But Mr. Mxyzptlk sees this, and decides to have some “fun.” First, he turns the pilots of an airplane into Bizarros, and Supergirl has to trick them into rescuing themselves. Then Mxyzptlk turns an entire town into Bizarros, and Supergirl uses cheerleading to try and trick him into saying his name backwards, but he catches on and doesn’t fall for it. Next, Supergirl tries a “mind control helmet,” but Mxyzptlk’s 5th-dimensional magic is too strong to be affected by it. Mxyzptlk, however, falls for Supergirl, and asks her to marry him. When she refuses, he tempts her by bringing her birth parents – Zor-El and Alura — back to life. Torn between her birth and adoptive parents, Supergirl ends up going with Zor-El and Alura to the Fortress of Solitude. There, Zor-El mixes some punch for the wedding. Supergirl and Mxyzptlk visit the justice of the peace, but Zor-El insists that they share the punch. It turns out the punch is Kryptonian Truth Serum, and when Mxyzptlk drinks it, Zor-El demands that he recite his name backwards, and he is trapped. Zor-El and Alura, no longer able to exist without Mxyzptlk’s magic, vanish, and Kara returns to her adoptive parents.


Argo City Reviews: Action Comics #290

“Supergirl’s super boy-friends.” Linda Danvers is at home, when she is visited by Phantom Girl from the future. Phantom Girl gives her a Supergirl action figure to go with the other LSH figures Linda already owns. However, the figure turns out to be made of Red Kryptonite, which has unpredictable effects. This time, the Red K gives Linda a “Kryptonite Kiss” which bestows powers on normal humans. She kisses her foster mother, then boyfriend Dick Malverne, and then mer-man and ex-boyfriend Jerro before realizing what is happening. All three then develop super-powers equal to Supergirl’s. Eventually, Dick Malverne and Jerro meet while flying and use their frost-breath to freeze a tsunami and save people. Supergirl congratulates them but warns them to be careful, as their powers could fade at any time. They don’t listen, and while flying over a volcano, their powers fade. Before she can rescue them, a team of mini-Supergirls saves the day. The mini-Supergirls are part of her fan club from Kandor, pitching in to help out. With their powers gone, Jerro returns home to Atlantis and Supergirl brings Dick back to Midvale. Then she uses lead paint to cover up the Red K figure so that it can never affect her or Superman again.


Argo City Reviews: Action Comics #289

“Superman’s Super-Courtship.” Linda Danvers watches a sad movie with her parents, and cries when she realizes that the young man in the film has lost his chance at true love. She decides not to let that happen to Superman, so she decides, against the advice of her parents, to find him a suitable match. First, she asks Superman to fly into the past with her and tries to have him impress Helen of Troy. But a Trojan villain, worried that Superman will foil his plans, releases some monsters into the crowd, and Supergirl comes to the rescue. Everyone fawns over her, angering Helen, who asks them to leave and never return. Next, Supergirl decides that Saturn Girl, after growing up, would make a good match, so she convinces Superman to fly into the future, purposely arriving ten years later than they normally do. There she uses some mistletoe to get the two of them kissing, only to discover that Saturn Woman is married to Lightning Man. Chastened, she returns to the Fortress of Solitude with Superman and admits what she has been doing. Superman vows never to marry unless he finds someone both super and lovable like Supergirl, but of course it can’t be her, because Kryptonians do not allow cousins to marry. Supergirl then scans the universe until she finds a super-powered girl just like her on the planet Staryl, and convinces Superman to go meet her. The two fall in love and decide to get married, but when they return to earth, they discover that Luma Lynai, the girl from Staryl, can’t survive under a yellow sun. Superman and Luma part tearfully. Supergirl finally vows to stop interfering in Superman’s love life.


Argo City Reviews: Action Comics #288

“The man who made Supergirl cry.” Linda Danvers works at super-speed to create anniversary presents for her foster parents, but their celebration is interrupted by a man wearing a sling and asking for aid. He turns out to be an escaped criminal, and he threatens Linda’s family with a shotgun. But Linda, being Supergirl, foils his plans. After she and her mother leave the house, Mr. Danvers is contacted telepathically and mind-controlled to make Linda cry. He starts by smashing her trophy case, claiming the wind did it. He wipes up her tears with a handkerchief, and then, under the strange voices’ orders, he places the wet rag into a sealed jar. Next he places a space jewel given to her by Superman under her pillow, and it gives her nightmares about Argo City. Coming to her after she starts crying, Mr. Danvers again wipes the tears and preserves the rag. Finally, he tells her that the hospital called to say her foster mother died, but before she can react, Mrs. Danvers comes home. Supergirl cries tears of joy, which Mr. Danvers also captures. Finally, the voices direct him, in his basement lab, to mix the tears with chemicals. This will open a portal to the Phantom Zone, allowing the villain Jax-Ur and others (who have been controlling him all along) to escape. Still under their hypnosis, Mr. Danvers does this, but the criminals are cowards, so they force Mon-El, who was friends with Superboy, to go first. Mon-El, being super powered but not Kryptoian, is vulnerable to lead. He flies into the ocean, seemingly to hide from the lead. Meanwhile, Supergirl returns, but Jax-Ur and the villains have her father captive, and threaten to kill him unless she cries enough tears to free the entire population of the Phantom Zone. But then Mon-El returns carrying Kryptonite and threatens Jax-Ur and the villains with it. They return to the Zone, as does Mon-El, who goes back so that he does not get lead poisoning.


Argo City Reviews: Action Comics #287

“Supergirl’s Greatest Challenge.” Linda Danvers is invited to join a Superman Fan Club, which is then addressed by Lois Lane. After Linda returns home from the club, her father tells her that some forest rangers are about to detonate a tree stump near Supergirl’s exit from their basement, so she flies into the clouds and uses her powers to make it seem like lightning hit and destroyed the stump, making the detonation unnecessary. Returning home, Supergirl notices an alert from the Legion of Super-Heroes, and flies into the future to help them. A positive man is attacking planets and destroying them. Supergirl finds its opposite, a negative monster, and lures them together, causing both to vanish. When they return to earth, however, the Legionnaires have lost their powers – presumably from the radiation given off by the monsters’ collision. Supergirl then uses her powers to help the people of the future until the Legionnaires get their powers back. But then she learns that they are not the true Legionnaires, but chameleon men who seek to replace the LSH. They trap Kara and a telepathic cat descended from her pet Streaky in the Phantom Zone, but the cat uses his telepathy to enlist the help of a man who creates androids. One of the androids sneaks into the LSH base and uses the instruments to return Kara to earth. She then captures the chameleon creatures, and rescues the real Legionnaires, who had been trapped on an alien planet. Supergirl then returns to her own time, where she is greeted by Streaky.


Argo City Reviews: Action Comics #286

“The Death of Luthor.” Linda Danvers spends a quiet evening at home with her parents and her boyfriend, Dick Malverne. Meanwhile, in prison, Lex Luthor uses his scientific genius to create an invisibility serum, and escapes. Rejoining his gang, Luthor decides to go on a crime spree, but first he wants to get rid of Supergirl. Believing she is a robot, he tries to destroy her with a canon, but she is unharmed and smashes it. Later, Luthor stages a bank robbery using a shrinking ray to shrink the bank and take the entire building, and when Supergirl tries to stop him, he stages a runaway baby carriage. When Supergirl tries to help the “baby,” it turns out to be a midget, who then hurls Kryptonite at her. Supergirl washes the Kryptonite away with water from a fire hydrant, but not before the crooks escape. Supergirl gives chase, and Luthor tries to fire a radioactive blast at her, but the car hits a bump and he fires it at himself. Luthor is dying, but Supergirl does not want him to escape the life of punishment he deserves. Supergirl goes underwater to get some “Element Z” from her Atlantean friends, and into outer space where she finds “another element” she needs. Returning to earth, she combines the elements into fibers and wraps Luthor in them, bringing him back to life. Luthor, instead of being grateful, is outraged. He is taken back to prison while stating that he hates Supergirl even more than he hates her cousin.


The Kara Zor-El Podcast # 37 – Red Ring of Death

A few days late, and without a minute to spare, I give you the incrompable episode # 37 of the Kara Zor-El Podcast. Complete with an exciting review of Supergirl #33, Andrew and I bring you the top news and highlights from San Diego Comic Con 2014, our upcoming trip to Boston Comic Con, as well as comic book and TV news from around the web. Sit back, relax, and get ready for an adventure. Hosts Danny Saab and Andrew Pinkham.

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