Today’s Super Comic — Supergirl #65 (2002)

Supergirl #65 is a change-of-pace issue with a couple of notable features.

Part of the issue is presented from the point of view of deaf children and adults, which requires the comic to rely more on the visuals…which works well, given this is a visual medium.

Supergirl, in trying to help out an imperiled school, acts similar to the earliest incarnation of Superman of the 1930s. No supernatural or sci-fi menace is at work here, just straightforward social injustice and corruption. She initially tries to resolve the matter the way 1938 Superman would—by being a bully to bullies and trying to force people to play nice.

Fortunately, writer Peter David has enough sense to realize such tactics don’t actually work, so Supergirl’s impulsiveness almost makes matters worse. But, with a little help from her super-friends, she manages a nonviolent solution, one that shows how superheroes can accomplish more than beating up bad guys.

Solid work all around.

Writer: Peter David

Penciler: Leonard Kirk

Inker: Robin Riggs

Publisher: DC Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Comixology

Appropriate For: ages 11 and up