Writer: Steve Orlando / Artist: Brian Ching / DC Comics
With some unexpected, maybe even awkward pacing, Supergirl #2 covers a lot of ground. It has quickly pivoted from the fish-out-of-water story you might’ve expected – complete with the standard young hero struggle to balance heroism with being a regular teen – to something a whole lot deeper surrounding Kara’s parents, home, and, well, the teen-finding-herself angle too. In the Fortress of Solitude Kara finds Cyborg Superman who she quickly recognizes as a drone imposter of her father, only by the end of the issue she isn’t so confident, and neither are you.
There are two clashes with her drone father who claims to bring the triumphant return of their home, Argo, and invites Kara to come back to where she belongs. What happens in between those clashes is the slightly awkward part, redirecting readers back to the teen-finding-herself drama that just feels out of sync with the magnitude of the plot it’s sandwiched within. Regardless, scenes with Cat Grant still bring a certain charm, and Ben is a welcome character that is bound to develop into another important person in Kara’s life. They feel out of place with all the fights, flashbacks, and family mystery being at such heights so early, but they still belong. More than belong, they probably deserve more time to develop before the stakes of Supergirl’s hero conflicts rise too high.
Overall, the best part of Supergirl’s Rebirth so far, aside from the great artwork, is the pleasant surprise of a plot this significant, this soon. It’s also a curse as the human half of Kara’s story feels like a petty distraction in comparison, so I expect even better things once there’s better parity between the two plots. The mystery is definitely engaging, and we can all look forward to seeing how Kara copes with balancing the hope of her family and loved ones with the potential reality of its negative consequences.
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