Warning: spoilers ahead for Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3!
In Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3, the Girl of Steel officially rejects her Kryptonian name. Throughout the few issues that have been released, Supergirl has been on the hunt for the murderous Krem. She has teamed up with her new ally, a young alien girl called Ruthye. Their hunt has taken them across the galaxy, including many months of travelling on a space bus. Now, Supergirl and her new partner have finally stumbled upon some big clues as to Krem’s whereabouts.
In the alien city of Maypole, every local that Supergirl and Ruthye talk to is hiding something, becoming obnoxious and rude when questioned. They know that Krem has been there, but the locals won’t let loose any information. Things escalate to a whole new level when Supergirl and Ruthye are shot at, presumably by order of Maypole’s mayor who tries to scare them off. Supergirl then proceeds to confront the mayor in his office. This is when Supergirl’s big revelation happens!
In Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3 by Tom King and Bilquis Evely, Supergirl confirms that her codename is now her real name. The mayor brands ‘Supergirl’ “not your actual name… an alias of some sort,“ and Supergirl replies, “my name is Supergirl,” while smashing his desk to pieces. Of course, Supergirl has other names, Kara Zor-El chief among them, so it’s interesting she’d make this claim, and seems to be a rejection of other identities in favor of her role as a superhero. Supergirl is her identity through and through, and she has little interest in being related to what will come to be known as the House of El. This makes complete sense as a major part of Supergirl’s journey in King and Evely’s new series is about her finding her true calling, moving beyond being defined by her cousin Kal-El, aka Superman.
Supergirl’s rejection of her birth name makes complete sense as it was made very clear in Future State that she feels overlooked on Earth, thanks to Kal-El and his son Jon, who takes over as Earth’s Superman and Kryptonian protector. Kara explained to Jon that despite being as good as either of them, she will always be second best to her cousin due to him arriving first, leaving Earth to found a sanctuary on the moon. In the Action Comics 2021 Annual, Supergirl was seen to be the leader of the House of El in the future, suggesting she’ll one day come to identify more with her birth name. The events of that issue are directly tied into Action Comics and Infinite Frontier. So, seemingly, Supergirl’s modern journey will see her rejecting the El name to define herself as a solo hero, eventually returning to the House of El once she feels more comfortable with that identifier.
But for now, Supergirl rejecting “Kara Zor-El” is a huge deal. Whatever the future holds – and Future State is only one possible outcome – Supergirl is on a journey to find peace and a sense of self, which she is extremely deserving of. Supergirl will continue her mission to track down the villainous Krem, who just proved to be one of DC’s most despicable villains, as it’s revealed the locals of Maypole are hiding a massacre over which he presided. Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3 is available in comic book stores and on digital platforms now.