Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Supergirl #6 Review

This is the End?

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Brian Ching, Michael Atiyeh and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 8, 2017

It's the end of the Reign of Cyborg Supermen story and I have to admit, Steve Orlando is going to have to work overtime to get me to look back at this beginning arc fondly.  I love Cyber Superman, but he has come off as a broken record here and because of that, the whole arc has dragged a bit.  So, did he pull it off?  Let's find out...

The issue begins with the U.S. Government sending troops to National City as Supergirl listens to Cyborg Superman continue throwing shade at Earth.  Just as the final stage of his plan is about to begin, Supergirl has had enough and goes on the offensive and attacks her dad.

Meanwhile, Cameron Chase is busy shooting Cyborgs when Dr. Verias calls her...what happened to the signal Shield?  Oh well, we get hints at a "secret plan" before seeing Supergirl's actual plan to save Earth.

Back with Supergirl, we see that Zor-El really is a focused guy...since he keeps repeating the same things over and over and over...  It all leads to Supergirl showing her father that she is not only inspiring the people of Earth, but they are inspiring her as well.  She thought she was teaching get the idea.

We then go to Catco and see Cat Grant use her "persuasive nature" to convince the Daily Planet to go along with the plan.  It combines their radio tower with the Catco app to send out a signal that shuts down the cyborgs.  Hmmm...

Supergirl then tries to explain what is happening and how she knew that Argo City would land in the ocean, but by now, I was already out.  I know this is a comic book, but I like to have things explained a bit and after the hokey Odic force, things have continued to get more and more the quick ending to the Cyborgs and Argo City.

A day later, Kara convinces Cat to let her stay in the Young Innovators program, Ben shows his true colors (maybe) and a cool character makes a surprising entrance.  The issue ends with Kara going on with her life, both past and present and it does set up some pretty cool things going forward.  However, a cool ending does not a good issue make.   

This was a lackluster ending to a pretty lackluster arc.  Things just end up happening because they need to happen and it all just ended up feeling convoluted and forced.  Like I said, I like a bunch of things this arc set up, but as a story goes, I could not recommend this at all.

I did like Brian Ching's art and would go as far as saying this is his best looking issue yet.  I still think his style isn't a great fit for this book, but I may have to change my mind if he continues to improve at this rate.

Bits and Pieces:

I love Supergirl and really want to like this book, but it's getting harder and harder.  While this arc potentially sets up some cool things down the pike, this issue was a dud of an ending for the long winded Reign of Cyborg Supermen story.  The art was good, but I need more than simple and repetitive characterizations to make me care about what happens in a story and then when you force an ending, it gets that much worse.  I hope this book improves because I can't recommend what we are getting here.


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