Art by: Brian Ching, Michael Atiyeh and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 9, 2016
I have enjoyed Supergirl enough since Rebirth started, but I have to say I am more of a Cyborg
Superman guy than a Cat Grant guy. I know that DC probably wants Steve Orlando to give fans a book that is more in line with the show, but the Cyborg Superman stuff is way more interesting and I need more of it! That being said, I also like seeing the Danvers' struggle as new parents and hope that we get a showdown between them and Zor-El now that Daddy's home! Speaking of home's, there is also the whole thing with Argo City that intrigues me since it looks like it came straight out of T2! So, do I get what I want from this issue? Let's find out...
The issue opens with a little Danvers' dinner talk. You know, the talk that we all have had...Kara wants to go see Argo City with her own eyes and Eliza insists going with her...in space! I still think that this whole "We are your parents" talk is a little forced since they've only known Kara for a little bit, but I really like the Danvers so I'll let it slide.
After some obvious setup with a flashback of Kara and her mother, we see that Argo City is alive and (maybe) well. I don't know about you, but the fact that it's hanging out in the outer orbit of Saturn surprised me a bit, but it looked pretty damn cool.
After Supergirl and Eliza somehow enter the city, Cyborg Superman makes his appearance and we get the start of a wash, rinse, repeat cycle of Kara being pissed at daddy for what he's done and Cyborg Superman defending his actions. Just for the record, I'm with Kara on this one!
Back on Earth, Steve Orlando wants to remind us that he has put together an ensemble cast for this book so we get two pretty ridiculous scenes starring Cat Grant and Cameron Chase. Cat is upset that Kara didn't show for work until Ben (THE Ben Rubel!) covers for her while Cameron learns that being a good parent sometimes means leaving your boss hanging in Siberia.
Back in Argo City, Zor-El and Kara have some confusing fistacuffs until he captures her and introduces us all to the concept of "Odic Force". You know, the raw ore that will give his planet of cyborgs the spark of life that's needed to make them whole. There is talk of a bio-capacitor, but it's all a bunch of weird science (!!!) to me. Zor-El seems to be exited about it at least!
The issue ends with Odic Force being made of people and the book going from a welcome home issue to an invasion. The story is very personal on many levels for Kara and it looks like things are going to get worse before they get better.
Steve Orlando has some good concepts here, but they are pulled down a bit by poor story telling, especially when it comes to transitions. There also is the fact that the whole interaction between Kara and Cyborg Superman seems stuck on repeat, but the cliffhanger did still reel me in. I'll be back next month to see what happens next, but I am still left with the feeling of wanting more.
Brian Ching's art is really good and while I was initially concerned with his overly cartoony style, I have settled in with it and enjoy it. His art is the best part of the issue and I look forward to seeing more.
Bits and Pieces:
This issue of Supergirl didn't knock my socks off. The main interaction between Kara and Cyborg Superman was decent, but repeated a bit and while the cliffhanger has me excited, nothing else in this issue did much for me. I liked Brian Ching's art, but cannot recommend this issue.