The latest mini-series to join DC’s Infinite Frontier lineup, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow is also the newest series from writer Tom King (Mister Miracle, Strange Adventures). However, King makes the interesting decision to have Supergirl act as a supplementary figure for a new character. On paper, sidelining the title character for a completely new character seems like a bad idea. However, the world King and artist Bilquis Evely (Sandman, Wonder Woman) introduce readers to with this first issue makes it feel natural. Minor spoilers for the first issue of Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow ahead.
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow follows Ruthye, whose father was recently murdered by a criminal known as Krem. Because of his death, the nice homelife Ruthye once knew is beginning to crumble. Like Kara (Supergirl), albeit more symbolically, Ruthye’s old world has ended. Knowing that Supergirl has come to her planet, Ruthye seeks out her help in finding justice for her father. Kara, seeing a kindred soul in Ruthye decides to help her despite her selfish reasons for being on the planet. Together, along with Krypto the Superdog, they head out into space in search of Krem.
Ruthye is a somewhat competent fighter, but her strength and skill pale in comparison to those of Krem’s stature. She carries a tough-as-nails attitude, likely due to the pain she feels because of her father’s death, and refuses to take “no” as an answer. Thus, when she stumbles upon an incredibly drunken Supergirl, who even under the influence, still manages to save Ruthye from being killed by a man she attempted to hire.
Supergirl’s energy throughout her introduction in this first issue seemingly acts to humanize one of the most powerful characters in DC’s comics. Her drunken movements, as drawn by Evely, do a wonderful job of drawing attention away from the sheer power she possesses as the last daughter of Krypton. The carefree way that Kara carries herself present a clear picture of the adventure she probably expected to have in the bar, compared to the one that is thrust upon her. I also prefer her swashbuckling adventurer look with with the Supergirl symbol peaking through her ripped clothes. It perfectly represent Supergirl’s current attitude, trying to venture out into the universe alone without her cousin’s baggage finding her, but it is still seeping through no matter how hard she tries to hide it.
However, colorist Mattheus Lopes is what really makes the art of this comic pop. The softer color pallet gives Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow this fantastical feel. This is most present in the second half of the comic, with Kara attempting to get Ruthye to leave her alone only to get further dragged into Ruthye’s quest. The light pinks and oranges of the clouds and blues of the sky contrast beautifully with the teal ocean below. Thus, when Supergirl’s ship comes into view with its darker hews and alien appearance, it sticks out like a sore thumb. This book would not be nearly as compelling if it wasn’t for Evely and Lopes’s art.
The first issue of Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow does an excellent job introducing readers unfamiliar or previously uninterested in its title character, much like King’s other mini-series. If you are looking for a nice superhero adventure comic, then Woman of Tomorrow might be perfect for you.