Supergirl Woman of Tomorrow #7 heralds the return of the notorious Brigands who look to end Supergirl once and for all.
This contest is very much represented on the main cover as Kara finds herself in the line of fire as their primary weapon looks to deliver the final blow. I love how detailed the blood thirsty crew aboard the ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ are as they thrust their cutlasses into the air. The distain and hatred these vile beings feel towards Kara is truly palpable.
I love the detail of the ship, there are certainly familiar aspects to be found such as the shape, rigging and mast however, artist Bilquis Evely makes sure this imposing craft has one foot firmly placed in this far-flung setting. The intricate detail and design is immense to say the least.
The variant cover created by Nicola Scott and Annette Kwok instantly reminded me of a Tarot card. This is the first time I have seen a cover quite like it, which I very much appreciated. This is an extremely thoughtful cover that explores the long-term theorisation and comparisson between Jesus Christ and Superman or in this case Supergirl.
Supergirl Woman of Tomorrow #7 sees our beloved Kara and Ruthye tested individually like never before. Kara faces off against the full force of the Brigands armada while Ruthye’s mettle is tested to breaking point.
Kara’s showdown with the Brigands is a masterpiece on an epic stage, this is hands down the greatest interpretation of Supergirl in my opinion. Kara is savage and unforgiving, defiant and unrefined, gritty and grounded like never before. One might say that this is the most relatable version of the character to date as she displays a plethora of emotions, emotions we have all succumb to at one time or another.
Bilquis Evely’s depiction of the Brigands assault is all encompassing, with pages filled with yellow and orange light burning bright against a sea of black. Kara dances precariously between life and death, every hit that Kara takes has a weight to it. The artwork showcases the damage sustained perfectly and it almost feels irrevocable, with Kara’s steely blue eyes truly representing the only light in the universe not aiming to maim her.
The colour of Supergirl’s costume is muted perfectly as the Brigands assault engulfs the void, this is all thanks to the incredible talents of Matheus Lopes whose work continues to stagger and amaze. It’s not long before Kara is pushed too far and what we witness is Supergirl unchained. Tom King’s take on Supergirl here is fantastic, she has a rare combination of power and violence reveals a side to Kara not seen before
While the stars above bear witness to the unrivalled defiance of a single Kryptonian who simply will not yeald, Ruthye fights a different kind of battle as she is placed out of the Brigands reach by Kara on the planet below.
For all the action Kara participates in, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #7 truly belongs to Ruthye as she finally confronts her enemy. Ruthye’s growth in this issue alone is staggering, her maturity and strength is on display for all to see and Comet the Super-Horse is the perfect partner for her during these harrowing scenes. The pairs humanity and goodness a comfort for one another as they stand before true evil.
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #7 is a tour de force as Tom King, Bilquis Evely and Matheus Lopes deliver the most powerful issue of the series to date. Ruthye’s dialogue truly captures the full scope of emotions befitting such harrowing ordeals. This is emphasised emphatically as Supergirl delivers only a single sentence throughout the entire issue. This audacious decision which worked out wonderfully in my opinion is testament to the development of Ruthye’s character, acharacter created specifically for this series who has grown in stature with the turn of every page.
Haven’t picked up Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow #7 yet? You can get the standard cover by Bilquis Evely here (UK) or here (US). Or if you prefer the variant cover by Nicola Scott, you can get that here.
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