Future State continues with Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #2 and since the release of #1, I have been eagerly awaiting the next issue to see where this story line takes the character.
But before we go into the issue itself, let’s take a look at the covers. The standard cover is by Paulina Ganuchaeu and it is gorgeous. Not only does it perfectly capture some of the contents of the issue, but it also showcases a very powerful-looking Superwoman as she glares her heat vision into the mouth of a giant Eel. I adore the colour scale on this too, it’s vibrant and adds a powerful yet feminine touch to it, which matches the vibe of the series flawlessly.
The variant cover is by Alex Garner and it is yet another incredible piece. I cannot express to you how much I love this cover. Superwoman looks confident, incredibly powerful and most importantly fashionable as hell! I adore this suit, I really hope it’s something that sticks around after Future State. The use of blurring around the rocks add a real 3D effect to this piece, and the crackles around her heat vision showcase the intensity of it. This is a really great piece and I hope to see Garner work with this character more in the future.
Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #2 picks up right where we left off as Superwoman tries to save her new found friend Lynari from the clutches of The Lythi.
Writer Marguerite Bennett has provided us with a very thoughtful, action packed and sentimental issue here. It throws around the idea of second chances and growth, regardless of previous actions, people have the opportunity to do better, to be better. I have to say the way that this is done throughout the issue is great, it really draws you in and gives you all the emotion.
Just like the previous issue there seems to be a highlight on the fact that Superwoman/Supergirl is an underrated and sometimes unsung hero. It seems to be a common theme in this series and I really appreciate that. She really is. Despite having the same power, values and demeanor of Superman, it seems that she is rarely pushed to the forefront and that is a shame. She is held in a different light to others it seems, especially in this mini-series.
I admit this issue did not have the ending I imagined or particularly wanted, but it did highlight everything I love about the Superman family and legacy. Superman’s legacy is and has been passed down through his son, but in this case Superwoman’s legacy is passed down to the people on The Colony Of the Moon. She has inspired them to be better people, to be a community and to grow, to be their own hero. But this was not without a struggle, it took a significant change in her to allow the people to be closer to her, and to allow them to resonate with her.
The artwork by Marguerite Sauvage is an absolute triumph! I adore it, it is so unique and different to what we see in other comic books. There is a muted colour palette in this series, but I love that, it really creates an atmosphere and vibe which works perfectly with the series and issue itself.
The textures are brilliant, especially when it comes to the scales and line work of The Lythi. Each time we see Superwoman, she looks powerful, in control and confident and that is what I like to see. I may be wrong here but it seems that there is crayon textures used in Sauvage’s work too, which adds a dramatic effect to the incredible action sequences that this book as to offer. Sauvage draws the perfect Superwoman and I am still not over that suit!
Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #2 is a very thought provoking, action packed and sentimental issue, which takes on the theme of legacy. With incredible artwork, and the prominent Superman Family values we know and love, this is not a series to be missed.
Haven’t picked up Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #2 yet? You can get the standard cover by Paulina Ganuchaeu here (UK), or here (US). Or if you prefer the variant cover by Alex Garner, you can get that here.
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