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Future State Kara Zor-El Superwoman #1

Future State Kara Zor-El Superwoman #1

Future State finds Kara Zoe-El at a more experienced, calm and peaceful place in life. She’s left Earth in Jonathan Kent’s hands as Superman while she has colonized the moon for other outcasts seeking sanctity.

That safe haven is threatened when Lynari, a new arrival with fascinating powers and a suspicious origin arrives. Writer Marguerite Bennett writes a story that would be better served in Kara’s regular title as it feels like Bennett is trying to pack too much into this issue.

There’s potential in Kara mentoring Lynari yet Bennett has to advance the story so quickly that it’s hard to see why Kara is missing so many obvious red flags. The dynamic is so rushed that it comes off like Lynari is trying to manipulate Kara. That’s not really the case, but Bennett’s script has Lynari’s personality drastically shift from page to page.

Marguerite Sauvage’s artwork is gorgeous with wonderfully arranged layouts and excellent body language from the characters. Lynari nervously shifts when she’s telling a half-truth and Sauvage does a great job of portraying Kara’s patience while working with her new charge. Sauvage handles her own coloring and the blends and mixes are beautiful.

This issue left me intrigued with Kara’s new path as Superwoman while the script needed more time or a tighter edit to fill in the various missing plot points like the whereabouts of other Kryptonians like General Zod, the state of Metropolis and the other inhabitants in the Safe Harbor. Does anyone else have powers/abilities or thoughts on another superpowered individual flying overhead.

Bennett has a lot of good ideas but it’s unlikely Future State will pay off all these subplots before everything wraps up.

Rating: 6 out of 10

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