Writer: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Diogenes Neves
Supergirl just can’t get a break in the New 52. It seems that she always has something going on and can’t get time to relax. That is never truer than in Supergirl #24.
When last we saw Kara her body was destroyed so the Cyborg Superman could regain his lost memories and as we found out at the end of Supergirl 23 and then in the Cyborg Superman one-shot, this Cyborg is actually (he comes the SPOILERS) Zor-El! Yes true believers this incarnation of the Cyborg Superman is Kara’s father who survived the destruction of Krypton and due to his unknowing has used his daughter’s body to revive his own.
Well after waiting the whole month of Villains Month to finally get back to the real story we find the Planet I’Noxia under siege by Cyborg Supes creator Brainiac who wants Kara to study the effects of Kryptonite poisoning. An unknown to him and to Zor-El, Kara has become a part of the collective hive mind of I’Noxia and she is out for revenge. This actually leads to a pretty cool splash page showing Kara bursting forth ready for blood.
This is where we get into the part that doesn’t make much sense to me. Cy-Supes used Kara’s body to regain his memories and his body as Zor-El, then how in the book can he reverse this process? They do it, but how? There really is no explanation of how this whole process works or how Kara’s body suddenly returns, it seems as if that part of the tale was rushed and was kind of confusing.
Apart from that the issue isn’t that bad, but it does feel as if the writer was told, “Hey we are doing the Return of Krypton Saga in issue 25 so you need to hurry up and finish this entire arc in 24.” I personally think this arc could have gone on for another issue or two and really let us know what was going on with this whole process of bringing Kara back rather than just oh here she is.
The artwork is solid in this issue and it is indeed bright and vibrant. It is just a shame that the story was rushed because thinking on it; it was a good story and one that could have been longer. We should have had more time with Zor-El as he contemplates what he has done and shown more of the scientist and loving father he was. We do see that he truly cares for Kara and is ready to sacrifice his body and memories just so she can live, but still the pacing was off. Still as issues go while it should not have been the end of this arc it will lead into the Return of Krypton and I hope once that is done we can see Kara do a little more than weep for lost times.
From Spin to You I give it
3 out of 5 nerds