Review: Supergirl: Being Super #3
By Kyle King
Kara Zor-El finally has figured out the facts about her true identity… but what do those details mean for the 16-year-old’s notion of who she is? Will learning the truth about her parents, her coach, her homeworld, and herself provide her a sense of purpose or leave her even more confused about her future and her place in the universe?
Supergirl: Being Super #3 Synopsis:
Kara awakens to the realization that her dreams are really memories of her departure from the doomed planet Krypton. As Kara attempts to make sense of these recollections and discern their significance, Dolly Granger confides to her alien friend that she knows about her metahuman abilities and accepts them. Kara brushes this aside, recalling how her adoptive mother’s parents were frightened away by her powers.
The troubled teen returns home to find her coach has come by to pay her parents a visit, professing concern over the fact that the Danverses’ daughter skipped gym class. Strange revelations soon raise questions, though: Dolly discovers a LexCorp battery inside her wristband tracker, then Kara responds to a call for help and locates a hidden lair in which her supposed coach is conducting experiments on a captured humanoid alien. She rescues the kidnapped Kryptonian, Tan-On, and agrees to run away with him. While Kara briefly returns home to pack her belongings, however, a hapless human happens upon the waiting Tan-On, who slays the innocent interloper as the first step in his planned revenge upon the people of Earth.
Supergirl: Being Super #3 Analysis:
Tamaki has earned a Caldecott Honor, a Printz Honor, and an Eisner Award for her writing, and Who Are You? elegantly embodies the reasons why. The lead character’s earnest internal monologue has a raw real feel as Kara’s thoughts lurch about in uncertain staccato bursts that encapsulate the incoherence of her experience and the insecurity of her literal alienation. The dialogue of Supergirl: Being Super #3 similarly sparkles, from Kara’s rambling adoptive mother to her taciturn foster father, and from the aimless ambivalence of her teenaged coevals to the precise perceptiveness of her fellow Kryptonian. Even the jarring argot of text messaging is given meaningful heft by the exquisite care with which the author chooses and uses words.
Jones’s artwork, beautifully burnished by Kelly Fitzpatrick’s colors, perfectly complements Tamaki’s writing. Fitzpatrick’s sepia tones, splashes of sunbeam, big barns burning bright orange, moody nights with muted blues, and sinister science labs bathed in a sickly chartreuse glow give vivid life to Jones’s expressive imagery, piercing perspectives, and attention to detail. No bit of background minutiae is too insignificant to be given its due in Supergirl: Being Super #3, and the result is that a brief sequence depicting Kara staring distractedly at a syrup bottle during breakfast plays like high drama offering intimate insights into what makes the main character tick. Like Tamaki’s writing, Jones’s graphics manage at once to be both intricate and economical, <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://comicsverse.com/supergirl-being-super-3-2/" target="_blank" Go to the full article.