In the latest issue, Cyborg Superman attempts to lure Kara into a trap but Supergirl is not wallowing anymore.
Cyborg Superman was introduced into the Supergirl series in the previous comic. For the most part, he stayed in the shadows, setting plans and scenarios in motion until finally revealing himself at the end. Kara was once again dazed and dumbfounded at the idea of reviving Krypton, but for the first time since the series began, she’s through with it.
Much of the journey behind Supergirl reflected on finding a place of her own and this issue gives us a notion that Kara has accepted who she is. It doesn’t take long for Kara to see behind the veil that Cyborg Superman displays before her, in part because of his lack of patience. She is evolving into a true hero, and the realization behind it is expressed in numerous occasions.
The story is progressing in a powerful way, and the writing remains a very strong aspect of the Supergirl series. Cyborg Superman really echoes in this piece, and he’s written with absolutely horrifying dialogue. Much of the comic’s success revolves around the artwork and the depiction of this new villain.
Although much of Diogenes Neves’ artwork is hit or miss, he excels in Supergirl #22. Cyborg Superman is menacing on every page. It had to have been a challenge for Neves to put so much character and emotion into a being that is half machine, but he does so effortlessly and it will take your breath away.
Supergirl continues to be a powerhouse and is drawn in very inventive ways—the way her cape flows, the way her heat vision explodes, and of course, the way she throws a punch all feel vibrant and fresh. There are two scenes in the comic that tease the creation of Cyborg Superman and they could have universe shattering consequences. That alone will leave the reader hopeful and exhilarated for the future as well as a possible crossover.
Diogenes Neves falls into the same mishap that befell the last comic. He makes odd and questionable facial expressions for Kara throughout the piece. It’s confusing and uneven because he does such an incredible job of drawing Cyborg Superman that the reader will feel almost cheated. Cyborg Superman is given twice the amount of detail in just about every scene that Kara is in. Although Neves keeps the action invaluably aggressive and relentless, he has difficulty drawing simple expressions such as sadness and anger. It doesn’t make sense that Neves hits the nail so hard with Cyborg Superman and misses in part with Supergirl. Again, it leaves the reader missing Mahmud Asrar who has mastered Kara’s expressions.
Supergirl #22 is a step up from its predecessor. The artwork does have its hiccups, but the action sequences more than make up for it. Cyborg Superman steals the spotlight and the combination of the writing and artwork make this comic a must-buy.