Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #6 heralds the beginning of the end as Krem is finally within reach. Supergirl with renewed purpose after nearly losing it all in the previous issue is ready to see her mission come to an end.
With endings in mind the main cover by Bilquis Everly and Matheus Lopes looks to the beginning and the destruction of Krypton through the eyes of Alura and Zor-El. This is a very poignant image as Kara’s parents mimic the renowned pose made famous by Lara and Jor-El. The sombre tones engulfing Alura and Zor-El carry a real weight, a real sense of foreboding that is inescapable. Seeing Kara aboard what appears to be Comet the Super-Horse only adds to the nostalgia and celebrated history of this character.
The variant cover created by Steve Rude is a glorious pin up piece that works beautifully as an anniversary image. Steve Rude’s art style upholds a real classic sensibility that works perfectly for this character especially in this environment and the white background makes the image all the more striking.
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #6 is an artistic tour de force, the absolute Pinnacle in creativity and imagination. The issue begins with Krem finally within Kara’s reach, she is now fully restored to health after the challenging events of the previous issue and ready to complete her mission. However, Krem has more than one trick up his sleeve as he targets Kara with yet another Mordru Globe.
The entirety of the issue sees Kara attempt to outrace the Mordru Globe with the aid of Comet the Super-Horse who was originally introduced to Kara back in Action Comics #292 from 1962. This sequence features some of the most gorgeous artwork I have ever seen. This is truly Bilquis Evely’s and Matheus Lopes’ issue as Tom King definitely takes a back seat in terms of dialogue and allows the artwork to speak for itself.
Evely and Lopes’s interpretation of space is a Maelstrom of light and colour, endings and beginnings that reverberate throughout time. I simply adore the array of colours used in this issue and space feels alive and unpredictable. You can honestly feel Kara reacting to the various conditions she has to endure, from searing heat to unimaginable cold, the void certainly feels like a character all of its own.
This epic journey through time and space is complemented beautifully by Ruthye who tells the story of Kara’s final days in Argo city before coming to Earth. This was very much appreciated, as this time period in Kara’s life hasn’t been touched upon nearly enough or handled with such extreme detail as this. Writer Tom King has added layer upon layer of detail and story development to this era that exposes the reader to the hardships and endless heartbreak Kara has encountered.
Seeing Argo city limp on after Krypton’s destruction is heartbreaking to say the least. Kara is surrounded by ghosts as Kryptonite poisoning picks her fellow citizens off one by one. This recounting really informs the reader of the burden Supergirl has been carrying so evidently since the series began. This is testament to Tom King’s writing and faithful approach to metal health which he has tackled in other series such as Batman and Heroes in Crisis. I’ve never encountered a more realistic interpretation of Kara such as this, the horrors Kara witnessed during Krypton’s final moments have always been lost to me and this is very much a stark reminder of the ghost this young woman carries with her.
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #6 is one of my favourite issues of 2021. Tom King really cuts back on the dialogue and allows Bilquis Evely and Matheus Lopes to fully express themselves in the best way possible. The artistic teams’ flare and imagination leaps off every page and Tom King’s astute understanding of PTSD and Mental Health is presented in such a thoughtful manner.
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