On the cover of Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, she sits in the sand beside a sword.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #8

Written by: Tom King

Art by: Bilquis Evely

Coloring by: Matthew Lopes

Lettering by: Clayton Cowles

Supergirl and Ruthye sit together at a bus stop.
A fantastic journey has come to an end.

Yeah, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow is easily my second favorite story of all time. Supergirl has been one of my favorite superheroes for years since I first read the New 52 run. The idea of this Kryptonian who remembered Krypton coming to Earth always seemed like a more logical immigrant equivalent than Superman. He’s great, but there’s something far more relatable and succinct about Kara Zor-El.

This issue of Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow captures that immaculately, on every inch of every page (excluding the ads). In the dialogue, in the internal monologue, and how Evely and Lopes immaculately capture Supergirl’s face in every shot, they capture it. She’s lost her world, and she can’t move past it, no matter how hard she tries. There’s always going to be this other world that was hers, that’s hers no longer.

On paper, it shouldn’t make sense to equate Kara’s loss to the loss Ruthye suffered when she lost her father. But this book, without ever telling you, convinces you that loss isn’t comparable like that. There is no such thing as comparable loss. People all feel true loss over something and it’s no one’s right to diminish it because yours may seem worse. It’s like the phrase, “The loss of the toy is the same to the child as the loss of a crown to a king,” or something like that. I know I butchered it.

Supergirl rides atop Comet the super-horse.
Supergirl rides Comet one last time in this series.

And when you can’t move on from your loss, of course, you can’t judge someone else for not moving on from theirs. The way the story resolves Ruthye’s desire to murder Krem revolves around this idea. It’s something I want to dive into further detail in another article. I can’t properly do it justice here, I’m not smart enough to do that in a night.

Like Wonder Woman: Historia, this series is so much more than I can describe, and so is this issue. This is the best Supergirl story we’ve ever had, and even if you’re not a fan of the character you should still read this. It’s a masterpiece, deserving of your attention, and to be remembered as one of the best comic books ever written.

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