Writers: Steve Orlando & Vita Ayala
Artist: Jamal Campbell
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
I’m going to be honest and say I haven’t picked up an issue of Supergirl since the first arc. I was enjoying the title but I needed to trim my pull list, so I had to cut Supergirl. A shame I know, but it had to be done. I decided to read this issue because Vita Ayala was writing this issue with Steve Orlando, and I am happy I did. Vita has been killing it on everything lately and this issue was no exception. Not only was this issue a pleasure to read, but it was also informative as well.
This issue of Supergirl did an amazing job of educating people on the struggles non-binary individuals may go through in life and how a good support system can benefit them. The issue brought up the question of whether or not Supergirl can be trusted, and Lee Serrano decides that Supergirl can be trusted. Lee feels Supergirl can be trusted because ze was able to confide in Supergirl while ze was going through a major change in zir life. Lee thought Supergirl would forget the time Supergirl saved zir, but Supergirl didn’t and was there for Lee. Supegirl accepted Lee with no questions asked and trusted Lee. Lee needed this because zir parents didn’t know zi identified as non-binary and zi was being bullied at school. With Supergirl by zir side, Lee was able to come out to zir parents and confront the bullies at zir school.
Everything may not be as easy as this in real life, but it sure was a sight to see. With all the craziness that’s going on in this country, it was nice to see something positive and informative. I consider myself an ally to the LGBTQ community, but I am still learning about the community. This issue made me step out of my comfort zone and hope it makes others step out of theirs as well. I had trepidations about writing this review because of my use of gender neutral pronouns, but I did a little research and wrote it. I hope it is without mistakes but if there some, please do not hesitate to point them out to me. I want to use the right pronouns for non-binary people because I want them to feel inclusive and using the correct pronouns is a step in the right direction.
Also, Vita is as hot as they come in comics right now. Vita has an amazing essay in Twisted Romance #2 from Image and has a new series out from Black Mask called The Wilds. It may have only been the first issue, but it was a great start to a new series. So when you have a moment, please check out Vita’s other works because you will not regret it.