Supergirl fighting Professor Ivo is an inspired choice, like peanut butter and chocolate. At first you shrug and think, “That’s different,” but on experiencing it, you realize it just works and creates something wholly new and wonderfully fantastic. I’m a big fan of the “Acts of Vengeance” method of casting villains against heroes: one from column A against one from column B and — voila! — instant interesting conflict. At least sometimes it results in an interesting conflict, and such is the case here.
Kelly Sue DeConnick does a good job of putting the bow on this series without turning in a navel-gazing, mournful tale. As far as Supergirl and her friends (in this issue) are concerned, things are proceeding apace, just as they always have. That, in my opinion, is a good choice for the finale of this series and this iteration of Supergirl.
The twist that DeConnick puts in Ivo’s mind in this issue (well in this storyline, but particularly in this issue) is inspired and gives Ivo a new layer of menacing manipulations that fits quite nicely and helps break away from the tried and true “evil robot” scheme that the character is associated with so thoroughly.
Chriscross’ art works for the story, but I still have a hard time reading this book without Jamal Igle’s art filling the panels. Igle and Chriscross are not comparable, so I’ll set that aside and say that Chriscross brings some levity into this story with his expressive characters and striking camera angles. Some of Chriscross’ work is not as strong in spots, like his Lois Lane. Lois looks a whole lot too young to be married to Superman, let alone for as long as that’s been. She looks more like one of Supergirl’s college-age peers (like underclassmen) than an “aunt” to the Maid of Might. Chriscross excels at the wacky tech of Ivo’s M.O.N.Q.I.S. as well as the mad professor’s lair, so a little age slippage can be easily overlooked for the greater cool.
DeConnick’s final pages are filled with magic, and this story is as entertaining as the very best stage magician. Unfortunately, however, this tale was sandwiched between (arguably) the greatest creative team the book has ever had and the promise of what is yet to come in the relaunched DC Universe. A number of folks will probably miss out on what they would surely agree is an entertaining story that does exactly what comics are supposed to do.