SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER #3 by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones
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SUPERGIRL BEING SUPER #3 continues the series trend of high-quality storytelling mixed with beautiful imagery.
88 %
A lot of interesting questions with good art

SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER #3, written by Mariko Tamaki and drawn by Joëlle Jones, continues the saga of Kara Danvers as she tries to reconcile her newly recovered memories with the tragic earthquake that stole the life of her friend. With the help of her friend Dolly, Kara tries to reclaim a sense of normalcy. All of that shatters when it’s discovered that her seemingly concerned coach works in an underground Lexcorp lab where she’s been experimenting on another lost Kryptonian.

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Part of what makes this installment so worth talking is that this series still lives in relative obscurity. SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER is shaping up to be one of the medium’s best examples of how to do a miniseries right. With a strong artistic angle and fascinating plot points, it’s difficult to see why this series hasn’t gotten more notoriety now.

Show Don’t Tell

More visual elements often get lost in the comic book medium. Fortunately, SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER #3’s artist Joëlle Jones abides by the classic principle of show don’t tell. That’s when artists allow the images to speak for themselves, not needlessly filling the scene with dialogue. There are parts of the story that have minimal dialogue, just letting the images explain the narrative. This happens when the story reveals Kara used her powers publically only once. She did it to save her grandfather from a burning building. When she did, he and his wife turned on her, calling her unnatural. The sepia tones of the past images paralleled with more modern ones show that this question of where Kara belongs still lingers. While it remained in the background until the earthquake; she’s still a stranger in a strange land.

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The bold lining of the characters counter-balances the realistic detail, allows the art to feel alive and fresh. It makes the characters feel like standard superhero book fair while still maintaining unique personalities and style. The dynamic settings allow for Kara’s universe to feel like one people would actually know.

Holding Out for a Hero

SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER #3 takes the interesting route by posing more questions than they answered. Depending on how writer Mariko Tamaki handles this, it could spell greatness for the series. For while it’s best to answer as many questions as possible once a series starts to come to a close, this leaves seeds for future installments.

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Kara feels lost, uncertain with her place in the world. It is no mystery she would gravitate to the first person who appears similar to her in the story. Despite her friend Dolly so clearly trying to support her, Kara ignores all aid in favor of this new boy. The truly depressing moment comes from Dolly attempting to contact Kara as she flies to meet her newfound alien friend. She keeps telling her that she’ll support Kara no matter what, yet Kara ignores all reason. She fixates on her own insecurity so much, she can’t seem to see that the home she longs for is right beside her.

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SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER #3: The Story You Never Knew

The dramatic tragedy of trying to find where you belong, all while the answer stands in front of you never fails to disappoint. It’s a universal experience. That’s what makes SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER an incredible journey. It tells a story individuals can relate to all the while reinventing the image of Kara Danvers. No longer attached to Superman at the hip, she has grown into her own person with her own problems. She has insecurities that make her character more than just a cardboard cutout of a woman. If the ending answers all the questions raised, then this might go down as one of the great miniseries of the graphic novel medium.

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