Review: Supergirl: Being Super #4

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writer: Mariko Tamaki

Artists: Joelle Jones & Kelly Fitzpatrick

 

Summary

Kara and Tan-On are forced to confront the scientists that experimented on them.

 

Positives

The cover by Joelle Jones and Kelly Fitzpatrick is fantastic. The space background is gorgeous. I love Kara in the air with the cape billowing around her. It’s easily one of my new favorite Supergirl images.

The interior art is by Jones with colors by Fitzpatrick; it looks great. I love Jones’ Kara but every character looks great. The teenagers actually do look like teenagers to me which is nice. As someone who lives in Kansas, the farmland backgrounds appeal to me a lot. It’s all really beautiful work.

I like Tan-On; he’s a nice foil for Kara. As far as she knows, she’s experienced the best of humanity until recently. Obviously, the evil coach was manipulating her but she didn’t know that. Tan-On has experienced the worst of us; he was subjected to greed and a desire for advancement at the cost of others. He’s not a bad person but he’s been through hell and is not happy about it. However, I do like that Kara sees what her coach and mentor has done and is still able to have faith in people. There’s an optimism in Kara that resonates and hits home.

The ending is great. I was not expecting the book to go in this direction but I’m glad it is and I cannot wait for the next issue.

 

Negatives

There are no negatives worth mentioning in this issue.

 

Verdict

This is a great issue. The main selling point is the art; this is a gorgeous book. But Mariko Tamaki’s script is also really strong as usual. She has a solid voice for the various characters which makes them really engaging; I love following these people. There’s a nice conflict about the worth of humanity without ever feeling overly cynical. I highly recommend reading this issue.

 

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.