Bar Fight On The Edge Of Space: Supergirl #24 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Supergirl visits an alien dive bar on a planet the edges of known space to further her investigation into Rogol Zaar and the death of Krypton. She asks around about Zaar, and she is being observed by the “Circle,” which may have been responsible for Krypton’s destruction. Her questions stir up the locals, and Kara doesn’t have the patience for the patrons’ evasiveness. Before long, a bar fight ensues, and Supergirl calls in the help of Krypto the Superdog.

Supergirl #24 cover by Evan "Doc" Shaner
Supergirl #24 cover by Evan “Doc” Shaner

Supergirl #24 seeks to further establish an identity for Kara apart from her eponymous cousin. Like many recent attempts at this goal, that manifests itself in Kara being angrier, more impulsive, and more prone to enjoying a good fight.
The bar fight isn’t so much a result of the patrons jumping Kara; she gets annoyed with their behavior and mocking of Krypton. So, she fights them. This isn’t so much a criticism as an observation: the bar fight is an enjoyable set piece for this issue. We get to see Supergirl and Krypto pound on some scum and villainy, and that is going to be fun nine times out of ten. This is one of the nine times.
The plot doesn’t advance particularly far this issue, mind you. It’s forgivable given that this is just a fun kick-ass issue. Also, we get to see Ambush Bug as a failed space comedian.
Supergirl #24 art by Evan "Doc" Shaner, Nathan Fairbairn, and letterer Tom Napolitano
Supergirl #24 art by Evan “Doc” Shaner, Nathan Fairbairn, and letterer Tom Napolitano

Evan Shaner’s artwork is quite good too. He gives the book a solid that contains enough detailing to make the panels look complete and filled but enough of a classic comic cartoonishness to provide a lighter tone. The action sequences and splash pages are especially good. Nathan Fairbairns color work is vibrant and lively, as a Supergirl comic deserves.
Supergirl #24 is a straightforward and enjoyable read. Kara gets into a bar fight in her investigation, meets a new potential companion and lead, and Ambush Bug gets dunked on. It’s a solid comic and worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Supergirl #24 comes to us from writer Marc Andreyko, artists Evan “Doc” Shaner and Karl Kesel, color artist Nathan Fairbairn, letterer Tom Napolitano, cover artist Evan “Doc” Shaner, and variant cover artist Amanda Conner with Paul Mounts.

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