Future State: Surprise Lady #1 evaluate: Dazzling Yara Flor takes over the mantle

DC Comics goes fairly far afield with its present undertaking, Future State, a collection of tales set in doable futures for the DC Universe following the occasions of Darkish Knights: Demise Metallic. Whereas many of those collection function acquainted characters like Harley Quinn and Nightwing, Future State: Surprise Lady #1 introduces a completely new model of the hero within the yr 2050.

Yara Flor is the daughter of an Amazonian warrior and a Brazilian river god, making her DC’s first Latina hero along with her personal comedian. Within the absence of Diana Prince, the unique Surprise Lady, Yara has grow to be the champion of the Amazon’s dwelling of Themyscira.

Her first journey facilities on an Orpheus-and-Eurydice-style plot to enterprise into the underworld and rescue one among her fellow Amazons from the clutches of Hades. The mission proves Yara is greater than worthy of the mantle, and taking the collection in an thrilling new route.


Yara Flor swipes at a hydra head, which makes a big WA-SCHLOOP sound

Picture: Joëlle Jones/DC Comics

Future State: Surprise Lady is led by author and artist Joëlle Jones, who first really established her expertise in 2015 with the Eisner Award-nominated restricted collection Girl Killer, which was printed by Darkish Horse Comics. She made the transfer to work solely with DC Comics in 2016, illustrating problems with Supergirl and Batman earlier than taking on each drawing and writing Catwoman in 2018.

Jones’ new ebook exhibits off the complete vary of her abilities, with panels filled with witty dialogue and absurd eventualities that floor Yara in a extra legendary world than typical superhero comics. Her imagery of monsters and gods is detailed and infrequently contrasted with softer backdrops that give the impression of a background format.

That impact is heightened by the combo of vibrant hues and pastels supplied by Eisner-nominated colorist Jordie Bellaire (The Wake). Her work on the violet, pink, and grey scales of a hydra is especially hanging. Eisner-nominated letterer Clayton Cowles (Daredevil) is doing heavy work with a wide range of kinds representing the noises of a pegasus, a demonic receptionist making small speak, and an indignant, useless sumo wrestler.


An unknown and cryptic narrator tells the story of Yara Flor, a hero able to navigating each the worlds of the gods and humanity, which have grow to be more and more distant over time. The narrator appears fairly skeptical of her credentials apart from being born at precisely the fitting time, and that’s an comprehensible criticism as a result of Yara looks as if a hothead who doesn’t assume her plans by means of and has a powerful tendency to get into hassle.

Set within the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, the story exhibits Yara killing a hydra to make use of its horn to threaten Hades into releasing her sister warrior. She’s additionally assisted by Caipora, a determine from Brazilian mythology who rides a peccary as she prevents poaching.


Yara Flor faces 7 hydra heads, which look like cat dragons

Picture: Joëlle Jones/DC Comics

Future State: Surprise Lady kicked off on Jan. 5 as a part of DC’s bigger Future State occasion operating by means of February. Extra variations of Surprise Lady are additionally taking place as a part of the occasion together with Future State: Immortal Surprise Lady #1, which depicts an older model of Diana Prince “on the finish of time.”

Yara will even be seem in Future State: Justice League #1 and in Future State: Superman/Surprise Lady #1, each of which launch on Jan. 12. Actually, DC is so assured in the way forward for the character {that a} new Surprise Lady collection headlined by Yara is in growth as a part of CW’s lineup of superhero exhibits.


Solely a imprecise consciousness of who Surprise Lady is and a little bit of grounding in mythology. On condition that Yara will cross over with Superman and the remainder of the Justice League, you may need to learn a good bit of the opposite Future State comics to maintain up with how their tales intersect.


This problem is great, displaying the wild potential of Surprise Lady taken out of acquainted territory. The impact is paying homage to the notably zany tales in Jason Aaron’s Thor run, with Greek and Brazilian mythological pantheons mashing collectively within the trendy world. As an example, the a part of the underworld the place souls are sorted into their acceptable afterlives manifests as an airport with useless individuals hanging round in a method extremely paying homage to the ready room in Beetlejuice.

The concept of Surprise Lady serving as a go-between for the realms of man and gods, mixed with the quirky characters she encounters and Yara’s normal vibe, makes the problem really feel paying homage to The Legend of Korra. Yara appears to experience her energy and isn’t one for refined options even once they could be the easiest way to get out of a sticky scenario. She’s having enjoyable preventing beings of legends, and that enthusiasm pops out within the pages due to the gorgeous combat scenes. She does sadly embody the fiery Latina stereotype however hopefully we’ll see a bit extra depth to her character in future tales.

Yara Flor ropes Caipora, a tiny redheaded nymph girl who apologizes for trying to kill the new Wonder Woman

Picture: Joëlle Jones/DC Comics

Including to The Legend of Korra similarities is Yara’s cussed pegasus companion Jerry, who spends most of her preliminary combat scene studiously ignoring her more and more determined yelling. Pets have been a usually fairly tacky component of superhero comics for the reason that ‘50s and Jerry looks as if a particular homage to Disney’s 1997 Hercules. However he additionally provides to the commonly goofy vibe that’s refreshingly completely different from the usually extra severe and dutiful Diana.

The dialogue is witty, notably the banter between Yara and the mischievous Caipora, and there are an enormous variety of intelligent touches in character design, like Yara utilizing bolas as a substitute of Diana’s conventional lasso.

DC’s clearly betting massive on Yara, however her debut exhibits great promise. It’s a glimpse at a brand new model of Surprise Lady that’s grounded in trendy fantasy as a lot as superhero comics, offering ammo for an enormous variety of thrilling new tales.

One panel that popped

Yara Flor and Caipora meet a demon in Hades who sits at a desk using a computer

Picture: Joëlle Jones/DC Comics

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