[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Marguerite Sauvage
Letters: Wes Abbott
Reviewed by: Carl Bryan
“But if you want a villain to loathe, a tyrant queen,,,then here I am.” – Superwoman
Marguerite Bennett provides the conclusion of Kara Zor-El, Superwoman in this second issue. What starts to be a story of conflict reveals itself to be a self-sacrificial story of love.
Bennett allows Kara a different path in that we see that Kara is bent on defending her world from Lynari’s Aunt Kimari. Kimari who is out for vengeance on Lynari for supposedly taking her brother from her in an act of self-sacrifice for his daughter Lynari.
It is not super-powers that win the day so much as it is Kara’s life lessons she has poured into Lynari who uses that along with Kara’s stolen powers to eradicate the hatred from Kimari.
As Bennett reinforces in the script…”It was the doing of the thing, and not the reward, that brought (Kara) peace.”
“If people were kinder, and finally realized how good, how amazing, how splendid, and how super (Kara) was, and had been for so long…well,no one is born wise, but if we’re very, very lucky…in time. We get there!”
Bennett paints a utopia for Kara and the inhabitants of the Moon for generations upon generations. The final frame is worth the price as we see a grave site dedicated to the memory of both Kara and Krypto. The colors that adorn Marguerite Sauvage‘s work are as great as any pet’s rainbow bridge dedication.
What an ending. While I knew this was a limited Future State series, a two-issue submission for Kara was too short. However, the message is one that was needed. While the quotes chosen in the review may be in conflict with villainy and love, I appreciate how Bennett does provide a future with no wars, flowers, and peace. What a goal!
Kara’s tale is brief in this Future State Multiverse. It is almost that of a glimpse into a legend. It was time for her to not be the second chair or even the third…but a time to have her featured solo for what she brings to the DC Universe! Well done!