Review: Supergirl – Woman of Tomorrow #1
Written by Tom King
Art by Bilquis Evely
Colours by Matheus Lopes
Lettering by Clayton Cowles
Published by DC Comics
Available June 16, 2021
CHAPTER ONE: MEN, WOMEN, AND DOGS
Kara Zor-El has seen some epic adventures over the years but finds her life without meaning or purpose. Here she is, a young woman who saw her planet destroyed and sent to Earth to protect a baby cousin who did not need her. What was it all for? Wherever she goes, people only see her through the lens of Superman’s fame. Just when Supergirl thinks she’s had enough, everything changes. An alien girl seeks her out for a vicious mission. Her world has been destroyed, and the bad guys responsible are still out there. She wants revenge, and if Supergirl doesn’t help her, she’ll do it herself, whatever the cost. Now a Kryptonian, a dog, and an angry, heartbroken child head out into space on a journey that will shake them to their very core.
Writer: Tom King
The first page in this issue uses narration to set the scene when the violent murder of Ruthye’s father after a disagreement over the new king. Ruthye recovers Krem’s sword from her father’s body and vows to track down and murder him in revenge.
She finds mercenary Bounty in a bar and offers him the sword in return for killing Krem, in return he takes it and slaps her. Over in the corner of the bar, a hooded Kara is celebrating her 21st birthday getting drunk using the red sun to limit her invulnerability. She decides to stop Bounty and after beating him passes out.
King’s writing here is strange Ruthye speaks like she’s swallowed a dictionary and it’s pretty boring to read her narration. Kara is the absolute star and King would’ve faired better with focussing the issue on her not the verbose child. This could have been a great story instead it’s a struggle to read.
I felt like Kara at the end of this issue and wanted to reach for my bucket.
Art: Bilquis Evely
The art in this issue is stunning compared to King’s mediocre story and narration. Page one is stunning with Lopez’s pink and red hues from the red sun silhouetting the murder of Ruthye’s father. The artwork takes this banal story to another level but a book cannot survive for eight issues on the artwork alone.
King tells you on page two the outcome of the eight issues so you can probably stop reading now. To be honest I’m still a bit mad at him for the atrocious Heroes in Crisis. Great artwork in a rambling book. two stars.
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