Writer: Steve Orlando
Artists: Brian Ching
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
A blonde and a redhead walk into a science exhibition…Yes, get excited because Batgirl and Supergirl are back together, and ready for whatever comes their way. At least I hope their ready, because the future is here, and is wanting a fight.
***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***
The Girls Are Back in Town
Barbra Gordon is in National City to attend a clean energy exposition; joining her is Ben and Supergirl. Things go horribly wrong when a beast of a man from the future, Magog, attempts an attack on Supergirl. Either indirectly or purposely, Magog hits the Eidolon, which generates phantom energy, and the machine begins sucking in pedestrians into the phantom zone. Worst science exhibition ever. But with the help of a now Batgirl, the gals manage to get most of the people to safety. When Ben gets sucked in, the girls see no choice but to go in after him.
There was definitely some subtle cattiness between Babs and Kara. Which was weird since the two seemed to get along just fine in Batgirl annual. I found it off putting, just because they're both female heroes does not mean they have to one-up each other. I was very glad to see Ching back on the book. I have grown tremendously found of his art style, and was relieved to see it once again.
A threat from the future burst into Supergirl’s life, and tells a story that we’ve heard before. Supergirl does this in the future, and someone has traveled back to the past to stop her… have déjà vu? That’s because we’ve seen this plot in a lot of the Rebirth titles lately. Apparently, all superheroes are just a hot mess in the future. Will all these similar stories be explained by one singular event or person? Or are the writers at DC just having a fun time messing with our heads? Either way I’m surprisingly okay with it. There’s this clairvoyant undertone that’s been going on, and now Supergirl is apart of it. I think it makes the book more suspenseful and fun, and I’m personally ready for the challenges that the girls are about to face.
Sum it Up!
If you are a fan of Brian Ching’s stylistic flair, get excited because he’s back on board. Even though there were some character moments that didn’t feel authentic, I really enjoyed this book. Yes, it was text heavy and slow paced in the first half, but the second part absolutely makes up for it. The stakes are getting higher and hotter, and it’s going to take all of Supergirl and Batgirl’s strength and finesse to get them through the hell they are emerging on.
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Ariel DuPey | NCR