Well yes, says the kindly old alien who takes the form of Supergirl's childhood heroine, Val-Ro, tamer of the vicious beast Dramonicus. Mind, things aren't as straightforward as they seem - Supergirl has been lured to the planet, seduced with promises, by - we finally learn - the Cyborg Superman.
But don't expect Kara to fall under his spell the way she swooned before H'el a few months back; she's learned her lesson. She's grown in other areas too - rather than meet the massive creature apparently threatening I'noxia with violence, she responds like this.
Kara isn't all Silver Age optimism throughout, mind. As well as taking the space bike, coincidentally (ha!) called the KR-1, she's very glass half-empty as she tells pal Siobhan that she's leaving Earth. Writer Michael Alan Nelson gives us a terrific exchange (below). It's home truths like these, along with happy planets turning out to be deathtraps, that should see Supergirl commit to making a life on Earth, and soon. And if Nelson gives us a few more supporting characters with personalities as distinctive as Siobhan's, so much the better.
Colourist Dave McCaig makes the space background beautiful and chooses a refreshing pallette for I'noxia, while letterer Rob Leigh gets almost everything right.
The cover is a fine companion piece to last month's Superboy cover, in that it shows the star of the book as a thing of nightmare ... and doesn't reflect the interior at all. It's brilliantly executed, and a real turn-off for me. I don't know why DC editors seem to think readers are more attracted to a frightening portrayal than a virtuous one, but they need their heads examined. The new Superman film tells us the El family crest means 'hope' but going by these hysterical covers it's 'hope to get away alive'. DC Comics was built on heroism, not blood - remember that and the company might get a few more sales.
That's the one blight on my favourite issue to date. Even with her mini-moan, Kara is now someone I'd happily spend time with, a thinking, noble, fun superheroine. Long may that continue.