Review: Superwoman #10
By Kyle King
Superwoman #10 began taking Lana Lang in a new direction. With both the ghostly Lois Lane and the heroine’s metahuman powers gone, the Smallville scientist must chart a new course in Rediscovery — Part One. ComiConverse’s Kryptonian correspondent, T. Kyle King, offers his thoughts on the most recent issue.
Superwoman #10 Review:
Writer K. Perkins, penciller Stephen Segovia, and inker Art Thibert team up to take Lana on a trip down memory lane. Aided by John Henry and Natasha Irons, Lang is looking for a way forward… but is she ready to face the demons from the past, both figurative and literal?
Superwoman #10 Synopsis:
In the midst of a crisis, Lana reflects back on the path that led her to the present, beginning months before with Natasha recounting an experience from her youth when John Henry rescued her from her father’s unreliability. A painful past becomes a point of connection for Lang and the younger Irons, motivating the former Superwoman to investigate the lingering aftereffects from the loss of her powers.
Garbed in the Insect Queen armor, Lana enters Steelworks’ sensory deprivation chamber. Natasha and John Henry explain that they still are getting unexplained power readings from her, which they will be able to monitor and localize with the psychological prompting provided by the interactive chamber. Lana’s subconscious conjures up genuinely daunting threats, inspiring her afterward to track down a supervillain who stole something specific from the people she loves.
Superwoman #10 Analysis:
Following an initial installment in which the series’ new creative team struggled mightily out of the gate, Rediscovery — Part One represented a substantially better effort. Perkins delivered a significantly more subtle script featuring a far more sympathetic central character in this issue. The story is cleverly structured as a series of vignettes tied together by the emotional resonance of the events within Lang’s pattern-seeking brain. Space constraints make certain portions of Superwoman #10 a bit overly on the nose, yet this considerably more nuanced tale avoids being exceedingly in your face.
Perkins took over scripting Supergirl right after the series’ tie-in to Superman: Doomed, the event that featured the first stirrings of romantic involvement between John Henry and Lana. The writer wisely puts their relationship — one of the handful of salutary holdovers from the New 52 — to good use in Rediscovery — Part One. For a while now, Lang has lashed out at Irons, who has moped mutely, trying to help while suffering in silence. The recent portrayal of the previously happy couple has made him an object of pity and turned her into a focal point for resentment, giving neither character a worthy treatment. Perkins inverts this flawed formula in Superwoman #10, producing a dynamic that may not be great, but that at least is no longer grating.
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