Gosh! Best Of 2022
Supergirl meets True Grit meets John Carter in this space fantasy mash-up that sees a grown up Supergirl join a young alien girl, Ruthye, on her quest for revenge against the space pirate who killed her father. With no ties whatsoever to the broader DC universe, this story of loss, revenge and acceptance is wonderfully standalone, told with a lyricism that makes it feel like no other superhero book on the racks this year. As Supergirl and Ruthye journey across the universe, each chapter takes us to a different setting, with weird and wonderful peoples, creatures and environments that draw on its pulp influences. All of which is illustrated in some of the most beautiful comics art this year. Brazilian artist Bilquis Evely's linework brings a classic, lush illustrative quality, complimented perfectly by colourist Mat Lopez. Honestly, it's eye-popping stuff, and King's writing compliments it perfectly, particularly with Ruthye's archaic narration throughout. Epic, personal, exciting, and deeply rewarding. Nice to see Supergirl get such a showcase.
Kara Zor-El has seen some epic adventures over the years, but she now 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. This volume collects Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1-8.