Review: Supergirl #52

Posted by Zack Freeman (314 posts) - - Show Bio

Brainiac 5 struggles to keep the secret of his relationship with Supergirl secret while they try to shut down Brainiac's reactor core in the Last Stand of Krypton.

THE GOOD
Characterization is the strong point here and Gates conveys a true spectrum of convincing personalities that Rodriguez  then conveys convincingly. As out there as a time-displaced love affair can get, there was a solid emotional core to latch on to. I also liked the device of dueling narrative captions, here, conveying (in a fun way) what these characters think of each other and what they're hiding from one another.

THE BAD
This issue's a reminder of just why DC had to do Crisis On Infinite Earths in the first place. Plot lines, particularly those relating to Superman, were just getting way too convoluted. I'm familiar with this stuff already and even I am having trouble keeping track of all the different timelines, the different versions of Krypton and the list of which ones have returned after Infinite Crisis and which ones haven't. Gates manages to keep it all focused here, but it's on the cusp of tying my brain into knots. On a small note, I thought the coloring on the characters was a little overly shiny in parts. People looked like they were wearing rubber.

THE VERDICT
With middle-act issues like this, it's really best to comment on how the story and characters, and I can say that I was involved in the steps of Braniac 5 and Kara's relationship. Characterization can frequently be lost in crossovers as big and crazy as this, but you can definitely relate to the green guy's anguish over not be able to tell the woman he loves how he loves her. This is worth picking up, even if you haven't been following Last Stand of New Krypton.

3/5 
#1 Posted by NightFang (10046 posts) - - Show Bio

I didn't like of B5's face on the cover but this was a great issue.

#2 Posted by davidkenneth (443 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope Kara doesn't end up with Brainiac 5, she's like sixteen and way too young for him. I think Kara should be with someone of her own timeline and present.
#3 Posted by RedK (2521 posts) - - Show Bio
@davidkenneth said:
" I hope Kara doesn't end up with Brainiac 5, she's like sixteen and way too young for him.  "
but he first met her when she was older, she is just a younger version of the woman he has already met.
#4 Posted by johnny_spam (2035 posts) - - Show Bio
@davidkenneth: @davidkenneth said:
" I hope Kara doesn't end up with Brainiac 5, she's like sixteen and way too young for him. I think Kara should be with someone of her own timeline and present. "
Technically this Kara is older than Superman and is in her late forties.  
#5 Posted by Nickrp (10 posts) - - Show Bio
@RedK said:
" @davidkenneth said:
" I hope Kara doesn't end up with Brainiac 5, she's like sixteen and way too young for him.  "
but he first met her when she was older, she is just a younger version of the woman he has already met. "

Not really, he meet and feel in love with the Earth one/ Pre-Crisis/Silver Age Kara. She may look the same but it's not the person he fell for.
#6 Posted by iloverobots (455 posts) - - Show Bio

I've enjoyed every Last Stand of New Krypton tie-in and the Supergirl issues aren't an exception. I really like the creative team on this and will most probably keep picking this series up after Last Stand.

#7 Posted by Green ankh (998 posts) - - Show Bio

I can not beleive that Supergirl is always one of the best books each month.

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