“Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow” is a space western, centering on a young girl named Ruthye hoping to enlist Supergirl to murder her father’s killer, à la “True Grit” (Tom King has cited both movies and the novel as inspiration). Ruthye has an understandable thirst for vengeance, but Kara is only on that planet to celebrate her 21st birthday by getting drunk all alone — well, except for Krypto the Super-Dog of course. In order to do this, Kara goes to a planet with a red sun, leaving her and her faithful pooch severely weakened, though far from helpless.
What a brilliant way to begin a Supergirl story. A common complaint about Superman and by extension Supergirl, is that these characters are too powerful to be interesting. King finds several clever ways of disproving this theory. For one, he immediately throws Kara into a situation that leaves her vulnerable but also proves how desperately she longs to be normal sometimes. What’s more relatable than that?
As far as Ruthye’s revenge plot, Kara just wants to hang out and get wasted — she waited until her 21st birthday! — and more importantly, she’s no killer. So, as much as she sympathizes with Ruthye’s plight, Kara isn’t taking on the job. I won’t divulge why Supergirl changes her mind, but I will say issue no. 1 ends on a rather gut-wrenching note and I was hooked.
Bilquis Evely and Matheus Lopes do absolutely incredible work bringing this intergalactic adventure to life. The visuals in this book are stunning and every time I thought I’d seen the coolest panel yet, the next issue would somehow top it. It’s the perfect marriage of art and story.