I’ve been a huge fan of Supergirl for a long time, so when I saw this up for request on Netgalley, I knew I had to snatch it up! The newest addition to Supergirl’s origin story is filled with emotion and nuance that made it one of the best of its kind.
Title: Supergirl: Being Super
Author: Mariko Tamaki
Publisher: DC Ink
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Genres: YA Graphic Novel Action
I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Honor-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer, Catwoman) combine forces for a coming-of-age tale of Supergirl, presented with new color in an all-new format.
Kara Danvers is super-strong. She can fly. She crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But winning the next track meet, celebrating her sixteenth birthday, and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns. And with the help of her best friends and her kinda-infuriating-but-totally-loving adoptive parents, she just might be able to put her troubling dreams–shattered glimpses of another world–behind her.
That is, until an earthquake shatters her small town of Midvale…and uncovers secrets about her past she thought would always stay buried. The time has come for her to choose: Will she find a way to save her town and be super, or will she crash and burn?
Collects the limited series Supergirl: Being Super #1-4.
This Supergirl origin story focuses on a (probably) sixteen-year-old Kara Danvers who is a regular high school girl with friends, extracurriculars, and lots of homework. But she can lift tractors over her head and she has to watch her speed when she runs track. This focus on her teenage life made her very relatable as she hangs out and makes plans with friends while figuring out how she fits in the world… especially since it seems she was born off of it.
Then a huge tragedy happens, and we see Kara dealing with a lot of grief. The way Tamaki shows Kara’s inner thoughts really gives a window into Kara’s mindset. As she grows beyond her grief, as she learns more about herself, she becomes more self-assured.
The growth that Kara goes through is subtle, but it’s pushed onward because of the supporting characters. Dolly, a lesbian of color, is Kara’s best friend and a huge support when Kara’s life feels like it’s been turned upside down. When she needs protecting, Kara’s parents are there for her in their own way.
The major conflict in the story felt out of place compared to the rest of the story. It felt rushed and not fully fleshed out. But the exploration of grief, pain, and healing was my favorite part throughout the entire story. I especially liked the ending, and I hope there is a sequel that continues Kara’s story.
- I don’t have much to say on the art this time around, as the art in the eARC I received was unfinished. But the emotions and body language in this book were incredibly well-done. I can’t wait to see what the final product looks like.
This is an excellent addition to Supergirl’s origin story, which explores many more things than just finding out her powers and her identity is a Kryptonian. I would recommend this to old fans and new fans.