Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #6
Scheduled to arrive in stores: December 21, 2021
Cover date: February 2022
“Chapter Six: Home, Family and Refuge”
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Bilquis Evely
Cover: Bilquis Evely and Matheus Lopes
Variant Cover: Steve Rude
Reviewed by: Tony Parker
Once more having found Krem, Kara is chased by another Mordru Globe. Using a horse named Comet, Kara evades the globe by traveling to the end of the universe and a little bit farther.
As all this happens, Ruthye recounts Kara’s origin, as told by the hero who thinks she is going to perish. It is revealed that Argo City managed to live on a little longer after Krypton exploded, and thus, endured a lot of trauma, grief, and pain. Kara was only 14, yet had to see her planet die three times, explaining both her depression and anger, yet also, her endurance and strength, her belief that perhaps, she could still do some good.
Having evaded the globe, Kara returns to where Krem is, and grabs an arrow he shoots at her, as a final showdown is about to commence…
To Be Continued…
Story – 3: This might be the best example so far of this limited series’ ups and downs.
While this is arguably another filler issue, I found this one was at least trying to bring us some insight and characterization for Kara, outside of “She’s not Clark” and telling us what she is, etc. etc.
As Kara escapes another Mordru globe, we receive a retelling of her origin, which while at first could cause some eye rolls, attempts to establish why this version of the character is less, well, lighthearted, and more grouchy.
And, to be fair to King, it is hard to blame Kara for her anger. At only 14, to witness and endure all that, and to try so hard for others and still see everyone but you survive, it would do something to you, for sure.
Of course, it does give one that familiar feeling, one that has permeated the entire series, and that is that King is less interested in what Kara is, and more in what he thinks Kara should be, or what a superhero should be.
King’s characters are moody, downtrodden, and cast with a long shadow in every waking moment, unless they are with that ONE person/pet/lover that can manage to give them a reason to go on. After a while, it becomes just a bit repetitive to see another character who’s not as kind as they were because of tragedy.
But, of course, I feel conflicted over my feelings on this book, that has been like an elevator out of control, sending my numbered scores up and down. It is equally frustrating as it is fascinating, insightful as it is irritating. The flashbacks are almost unnecessary, and with two issues left, one must wonder why it couldn’t have been less, with the journey feeling not that particularly long or hard. Yet, they paint a picture that makes this version of Supergirl at least feel a bit more real, after countless issues of telling us how great she is. Now, we get to see the hard work, the kindness, and the perseverance despite everything that paints her character. And yet still, so much of it feels like an excuse to do “Angry Supergirl”, as if that hasn’t been a fixture of DC comic books for a bit too long now, ever since Jeph Loeb brought her back in the early 2000s.
I felt things, good and bad, and even now as I write this, I wonder, am I being too nice, or too harsh? Am I letting previous issues cloud my judgment of this current issue, or am I letting a well told flashback sequence with beautiful art as ever distract me from the ever present issues of a story that is derivative of an old western and a character who is derivative of one writer’s penchant for tragic anti-heroes?
Perhaps the final two issues will finally give me an overall feeling. And perhaps they won’t. Perhaps this book, like Kara’s life, is a mixture of good and bad, of hope and despair, of rising tides and crashing waves. Perhaps the sun and the moon cannot help but co-exist.
Perhaps it is just a tree with red and blue leaves, the wind blowing between them, and our job to decide which color stands out more.
Art – 5: I feel like if there is one thing that will truly carry from this book, it is the art. I have praised it over and over, and I shall praise it again. Maybe it’s the colors, the emotions that it sometimes expresses, the almost psychedelic yet calming look of space. I don’t know what to say, just that DC, Bilquis Evely should work on more books. I don’t care what book, just more of this, please!
Cover Art – 2: I felt like a 2 fits, but it is a bit harsh. There’s nothing wrong with this cover, really, it tells you all you need to know about the story. It just feels a little generic.
Variant Cover Art – 3: Decent enough, I guess, even if it is like so many variants, a bit ill fitting. It did give me Alex Ross vibes for a moment, though, and that is high praise, so yeah.
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