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Review: Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1

A new Supergirl comic in the current “age” of DC is full of potential. With the changes concerning the rest of the Superman line of characters, Supergirl is primed for the spotlight and an opportunity to stand out. Compared to Superman’s unflinching stance for good and Jonathan Kent’s needing to learn, there’s space for a hero who bridges the gap between the two and shows it’s not a boys club. But, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1 is an unexpected detour from that potential. Instead, we get Supergirl channeling drunk Superman from Superman III and it works, just not as a Supergirl story.

Written by Tom King, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1 isn’t a bad start. It just doesn’t feel like a Supergirl story. Off on an alien planet to support her birthday she comes across a young girl who wants revenge against the man who killed her father. Drunkenly, Supergirl rejects the plea and is later forced into the situation. With a red sun on the planet, this is a weakened Supergirl lacking much of what makes her super. There’s an interesting concept there and potential but as the opening story for the next great chapter, it doesn’t feel all that super. It’s rather dark and everyone comes off as a dick.

The idea of Supergirl fighting on a medieval-ish planet without her powers sounds interesting. It forces the character to use more than her flight and strength, and other abilities, to get things done. That’s present and is the more interesting aspect of the issue. There’s also Supergirl drunk and hungover which itself also has potential. She comes off as a little… well, a drunk I don’t want to be around. She’s not likeable and the most likeable character, Krypto, isn’t given much to do beyond adding drama to the mix.

The art by Bilquis Evely is solid. The alien world has an interesting look to it and Supergirl too looks fantastic as her messed up self. But, the opportunity to really deliver something strange and different is lost at times. It looks really good but there’s just a level of detail that it never quite reaches. It’s a world that kind of feels empty for some reason. The color by Matheus Lopes and lettering Clayton Cowles helps bring together the comic and again, it looks really good but it never quite amazes.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1 is an interesting comic. It’d be fine as a miniseries on top of an ongoing. It’d be fine as an arc in an ongoing. But, as the first issue to establish the character, it kind of fails. Supergirl comes off as an ass here. She’s not a hero I want to be around but instead a female Guy Gardner. There’s little super in this Supergirl unless the creators were going for super-asshole.

Story: Tom King Art: Bilquis Evely
Color: Matheus Lopes Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 6.8 Art: 7.6 Overall: 6.95 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Bilquis Evely

Kara Zor-El has seen some epic adventures over the years, but finds her life without meaning or purpose. Here she is, a young woman who saw her planet destroyed and was sent to Earth to protect a baby cousin who ended up not needing her. What was it all for? Wherever she goes, people only see her through the lens of Superman’s fame. Just when Supergirl thinks she’s had enough, everything changes. An alien girl seeks her out for a vicious mission. Her world has been destroyed, and the bad guys responsible are still out there. She wants revenge, and if Supergirl doesn’t help her, she’ll do it herself, whatever the cost. Now a Kryptonian, a dog, and an angry, heartbroken child head out into space on a journey that will shake them to their very core.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1

Preview: Rorschach #9

Rorschach #9

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Jorge Fornes

The detective has found where the source of this tragedy began. Where Laura learned to shoot, a place where she not only learned to kill but also has killed, and where she brought Rorschach to turn him into an assassin as well. As the timelines crisscross, the man trying to undo this mess only falls deeper into it.

Rorschach #9

Preview: Batman/Catwoman #5

Batman/Catwoman #5

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Clay Mann

Batman’s two loves collide, and the smash-up could be dangerous not just for the Caped Crusader, but for The Joker as well. In order to prove her mission is righteous, Phantasm takes Catwoman out on a hit against one of the men responsible for the disappearance of her son. Unfortunately for Selina Kyle, this isn’t the first time she’s gone behind Batman’s back to try to do the right thing, so she’s far too aware of how bad a turn this whole affair could take. Also, in the future, it’s Harley Quinn, ready to avenge Mistah J!

Batman/Catwoman #5

Review: Strange Adventures #10

Strange Adventures #10

With just a few more issues to go, the “truth” is rolled out here as Mr. Terrific delivers the conclusions of his investigation in a letter to Alanna Strange. It’s an interesting issue that confirms much of my suspicions which makes me feels as smart as Mr. Terrific or the comic was telegraphed a bit too much. But, despite that Strange Adventures #10 still delivers surprises and shocks.

Written by Tom King, Strange Adventures #10 connects the dots and hints of the previous issues. It also sets up a finale that should be full of conflict and surprises. It also is an examination of a man haunted by war and those he destroys around him.

Mr. Terrific has come to the conclusion that Adam Strange has made a bargain with the devil and also has taken part in war crimes at the same time. His bloodlust and lies have pulled in his wife who has stood by his side unknowingly propping up his plan. It’s all interesting though a lot is a bit too obvious. The question is if Mr. Terrific’s final conclusion is right, and judging by reactions it’s most likely so.

Strange Adventures #10 delivers a nice emotional ride as everything is laid out and the heroic construct that is Adam Strange is brought down. It’s an interesting story about heroism and soldiers and the lies we tell. King has something to say here but exactly what that is will be determined by the series’ final two issues. It’s still up in the air exactly what the underlying themes are beyond “soldiers do horrible things in war”.

The art by Mitch Gerads and Evan Shaner continues to impress. The story jumps from the field of war in Strange’s past to Alanna reacting to the letter she receives. It’s full of emotion and shock as we witness more of Adam’s crimes and we see the weight of the truth weighing on Alanna. It’s an interesting back and forth that adds a lot to the emotional rollercoaster that is the issue. Clayton Cowles’ lettering especially stands out as so much of the issue’s narrative is in a handwritten letter that Mr. Terrific sends. Relatively short statements punctuate the conclusion he has come to.

Strange Adventures #10 is the issue where the magician reveals the trick in a way. Mr. Terrific not only lays out his conclusions but why he came to them. His words are one that’s full of regret and sadness over his own experiences as his own truth is revealed as well. It connects the dots that have been set up for the nine previous issues while setting up what should be a hell of a final two issues.

Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads, Evan Shaner Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Strange Adventures #10

Strange Adventures #10

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Evan “Doc” Shaner, Mitch Gerads

Once upon a time on Rann, Adam Strange made a deal with his neighbors and foes to take a stand against the invading Pykkts. Now, on Earth, he is trying to do the same thing: to get all the heroes to rise as one to keep the marauders from doing to his home planet what they already did to his adopted one. But the original deal was a devil’s bargain, and Alanna Strange has received a mysterious letter that may tell her more than she wants to know. If she wants to keep her husband safe, it’s time for her to go on the offensive.

Strange Adventures #10

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow Arrives June 15, Get a First Look

DC‘s Supergirl returns to comics next month to headline her first new series in years: Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow! Launching with art by Bilquis Evely and Mat Lopes and written by Tom KingSupergirl: Woman of Tomorrow takes Supergirl—and sidekick Krypto—into space on a journey that will have Supergirl fans cheering for more!

In this first look into the new series, an alien girl seeks a mercenary for a vicious mission: her world has been destroyed and the bad guys responsible are still out there. She wants revenge! As fate would have it, Supergirl is celebrating her birthday on a planet with a red sun, so is close by when the exchange goes sideways!

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, a new eight-issue limited series by Tom King, Bilquis Evely, Mat Lopes, and Clayton Cowles, launches on June 15.

Preview: Rorschach #8

Rorschach #8

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Jorge Fornes

As the detective digs deeper into the mystery behind Rorschach and his sidekick, the story becomes about not what they wanted to do but why they started on their murderous path. As more witnesses emerge, the stranger Laura’s history is revealed to be. Tough times made her want to kill a presidential candidate, and she did a lot of damage herself when fighting back.

Rorschach #8

There’s a Super Shake-Up for Superman Come July

There’s pretty big changes coming for the Superman Family in July. There’s a new Man of Steel to protect Earth, Sueprgirl is on a mission to catch a murderous fugitive, and Clark Kent is on a mission to liberate Warworld and he’ll need some help to do it.

Superman: Son of Kal-El

The action begins on July 13 as a new ongoing monthly series, Superman: Son of Kal-El, replaces the current Superman monthly title. Written by Tom Taylor with art by John Timms, this series follows the new adventures of the son of Superman as he’s entrusted with the protection of Earth.

Jonathan Kent has experienced a lot in his young life. He’s fought evil with Robin (Damian Wayne), traveled across galaxies with his Kryptonian grandfather, and lived in the future with the Legion of Super-Heroes, who were intent on training him for the day his father could no longer be Superman. There is a hole in the Legion’s history that prevents Jon from knowing exactly when that will happen, but all signs point to it being very soon. It’s time for the son to wear the cape of his father and continue the never-ending battle as a symbol of hope for his home planet.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow

Arriving July 20, issue #2 of this eight-issue limited series by Tom King and artist Bilquis Evely continues Kara Zor-El’s journey of self-discovery and emergence from the shadow of her famous cousin.

Supergirl, Krypto, and their new friend Ruthye find themselves stranded with no way to pursue Krem, the murderous king’s agent. Each moment this fugitive roams free, the more beings come dangerously close to dying by his hand. There is no time to lose, so our heroes must now travel across the universe the old-fashioned way…by cosmic bus! Little do they know their journey will be a dark one, filled with terrors that not even the Maid of Might is prepared to face!

Action Comics #1033

Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Daniel Sampere keep Superman on the front lines in his battle to free the prisoners of Warwold in Action Comics #1033, on sale Tuesday, July 27. This issue takes the action to Atlantis and the Fortress of Solitude, where Warworld refugees have taken possession of dangerous Warworld tech, bringing it to Aquaman’s undersea kingdom and risking an all-out war that even Superman may not be able to prevent. Meanwhile, some of the escaped Warworld prisoners have found the Fortress of Solitude…and along with it, Lois Lane!

And in this 40-page blockbuster’s second feature, Midnighter has gone deep into the Trojan compound and found a very unexpected guest whose path he crossed in Future State—none other than Shilo Norman, a.k.a. Mister Miracle!

Superman and the Authority

If Superman is to free the prisoners of Warworld, he’s going to need help, the kind of help that doesn’t scream “Justice League.” Fortunately, multi-Eisner Award-winning writer Grant Morrison and fan-favorite artist Mikel Janín have the solution in the form of a new four-issue limited series, Superman and The Authority.

Launching July 20, this new team will be led by Manchester Black, and combine original members Midnighter and Apollo with new members Enchantress and Natasha Irons, as well as new versions of Lightray and O.M.A.C. This new team will have to learn to work together, and fast, as the Ultra-Humanite has formed his own team of villains to take out the Man of Steel.

This new limited series will help launch an all-new status quo for Superman, setting up story elements that will impact both Action Comics and Superman: Son of Kal-El in the months to come.

Tom King and John Paul Leon Reunite for July’s Batman/Catwoman Special

This July, Tom King and John Paul Leon reunite for a one-shot interlude in Tom King, Clay Mann, and Tomeu Morey’s twelve-issue Batman/Catwoman comic book maxiseries. This special one-off issue, meticulously illustrated by John Paul Leon with color by Dave Stewart, traces the life of Selina Kyle from her earliest days to her entry into the criminal underworld and reveals that Bruce was actually a presence in her life all along.

Some great romances are destined to be.

The Batman/Catwoman series shows readers the romance between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle as it changed over their lives, but what about their connections from before they became costumed adventurers? Whether it was fate or coincidence, this story gives even more reasons why Selina and Bruce’s connection is one of the most enduring love affairs in comics.

Batman/Catwoman Special #1 by Tom King, John Paul Leon and Dave Stewart arrives on July 20 with card stock covers by John Paul Leon, Lee Weeks (variant), and Bill Sienkiewicz (variant). The Batman/Catwoman Special will retail for $5.99 US for 48 pages and is published under DC’s Black Label imprint for adults.

Batman/Catwoman Special #1
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