Supergirl returns from the nether as Brainiac invades I’Noxia in Supergirl #24!
Brainiac has arrived to I’Noxia and he is not pleased with the actions of Cyborg Superman. The enticing thought of experimenting on a kryptonite poisoned Kryptonian was too strong for Brainiac to resist. The answers in Kara’s blood could help him understand Kryptonians on a whole new front as well as being able to stop Superman who had foiled him once before. However, Cyborg Superman needs Kara’s body in order to complete his transformation, causing both sides to disagree. As a result, Supergirl tends to take the backseat in the comic, but that will be discussed later.
Destruction was the best way to describe Supergirl #24. Brainiac and Cyborg Superman face off, and wreak havoc across the planet I’Noxia. Diogenes Neves and Marc Deering’s combined efforts created a very special and interesting take on the illustration of Brainiac. They were able to create breathtaking scenes of eruption and power throughout a number of panels; one in particular, the return of Supergirl. The artwork in the large splash page they detailed was so impressive that the reader will stay on the page with awe for a few minutes at the very least.
The writing had its ups and downs. All of the scenes with Supergirl were well written and when she returned to a human state, the dialogue was incredible. Kara’s fury is the key feature of Supergirl #24.
She transcends the boundaries of the ‘death’ they had given her, and becomes something absolutely frightening. Seeing Supergirl unleashed was an absolute wonder as fire and anger poured through every vessel in her body. That being said, there was not enough Supergirl in this issue, and it led to the negative aspects of the book.
Kara’s rebirth in Supergirl #24 was one of the highlights of the series as a whole. However, there were only a few pages dedicated to that. Supergirl had become a God for a very short period, and it seemed dissatisfying to not see it fleshed out in an arc, or possibly a large one-shot; but three pages and a handful of panels did not cut it; especially when she was not the primary focus of the book.
Cyborg Superman had the spotlight for the better portion of the arc, but he took stage front in this issue. He spent a great deal of the comic speaking about his actions and plans for stopping Brainiac. Brainiac’s portion of the comic was spent speaking about his actions and plans for stopping Cyborg Superman. As you could probably tell, it led to a boring narrative. It would have made the book stronger as a whole if these actions were shown rather than described. Cyborg Superman had an incredible villain’s month issue and it was disappointing to see the entire momentum shift downwards to a slower and disproportioned narrative.
Although the issue was lackluster as a whole, the scenes with Supergirl were absolutely fantastic. Seeing her reborn in a fury of flames and ashes like a phoenix will resonate with the reader and the series for months to come. If those scenes were fleshed out heavier, the comic would have been an instant buy. But with uneven storytelling and lack of attention, Supergirl #24 comes out average, or slightly above it.