Supergirl’s certainly got her work cut out for her. She needs to get Cameron Chase, the formidable director of the D.E.O., to trust her, her foster parents to hone their Kryptonian, and pass her driving test. Like a normal teenager. Which she certainly isn’t! On Krypton, Kara was top of her class, but at her new science academy on Earth, she has trouble operating a projector. She feels clumsy, frustrated – and homesick most of all. She flees to the Fortress of Solitude and wishes she could be closer to Krypton. Be careful what you wish for, though… or a Cyborg Superman claiming to be your father will just show up and offer to show you Argo City, just as he’s restored it back to life. It’s impossible – isn’t it?
If you’ve read New 52 Supergirl, you’ll probably have an easier time with this one. In the first issue especially there were vague references to past events that may leave some readers lost. These petered out, but for readers more familiar with the show than the comics, there’s lots of material that feels as if it’s been recycled. Though the story is much different, there are too many elements that made it feel as if the whole book was a rewrite of the first season of the show if Kara was a teenager instead of a young adult. Brian Ching’s art is super cool, and lively, which kept it moving along at a quick pace. The tension between Kara and Cyborg Superman, and the question of whether or not he really is her father, was very well-done and disturbing as we learn what lengths he will go to take Kara back for Argo City. Some readers will be overjoyed that she’s wearing a much more practical costume than she has in the past. Overall a book that’s well drawn, with a solid story, but too many elements we’ve seen before take some enjoyment out of it.