Posts Tagged ‘Supergirl (Vol. 5)’

December 21st, 2015  Posted at   Supergirl Mondays

Supergirl MondaysSupergirl Mondays is a weekly celebration of the Girl of Steel, who has graced the pages of DC Comics in a variety of forms for more than five decades.

This feature’s primary focus is to take an issue-by-issue look back at Supergirl’s adventures in the post-Crisis universe. From an artificial being on a mission to save her home world, to an Earth-born angel on a mission to save her soul, each Monday, before the airing of “Supergirl” on CBS, reflect on the earliest days of the incredible and winding journey of a frequently divisive, sometimes confusing, but always entertaining era for the Maid of Might.

In this issue

Superman (Vol. 2) #22

Issue: SUPERMAN (Vol. 2) #22
Cover date: October 198
Cover price: 75 cents ($1 Can./50p U.K.)
Cover by John Byrne
Story: “The Price”


John Byrne, story and art
John Costanza, lettering
Petra Scotese, coloring
Renée Wittestaetter, assistant editor
Mike Carlin, editor
Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster


As Supergirl, Superman and the Pocket Universe Lex Luthor begin their final confrontation with the General Zod, Quex-Ul and Faora, the Phantom Zone criminals strike back, destroying the Smallville fortress and killing the remaining members of the resistance. Outraged, Supergirl attacks Zod and Faora, but is hit with a double blast of heat vision.

Attacked! (Part 1)  Attacked! (Part 2)

Superman is in shock, but Luthor tells him not to worry about Supergirl because “the protomatter will regenerate itself soon enough.” With no time explain, Luthor sends Superman to the site of Superboy’s former laboratory on a mission to find the one thing that can stop the rogue Kryptonians.

After a brutal fight with Quex-Ul, Superman finds the object of his search: a canister containing Gold Kryptonite. He then uses that to remove the powers of the three Kryptonians and trap them in a makeshift prison made from the remnants of the underground lab before finding Luthor, who has been fatally injured.

The death of Lex

Turning his attention back to the Phantom Zone criminals, Superman speaks of the heinousness of their acts. As the last representative of right on that world, he tells them he has no choice but to act as judge, jury and excutioner, and exposes them to a lethal dose of Green Kryptonite.

With sadness over his own actions in addition to the tragedy upon tragedy that has occurred, Superman buries the bodies of Zod, Quex-Ul and Faora on the barren remains of the Pocket Universe Earth before returning to the Kent farm with Supergirl in his arms.

Supergirl left with the Kents

With Supergirl in good care and much on his mind after what has transpired, Superman flies away with a heavy heart and much to ponder.


Of the three issues that make up “The Supergirl Saga,” Supergirl’s part of in this one is smallest all of them as she is taken out of action quite early, and in a fashion that is quite brutal. But, I try to temper my disappointment (and, to a degree, dissatisfaction) with that by remembering, as I’ve said, that this is a Superman story.’ Much like those original interludes that introduced Supergirl in short, one- or two-page bursts, Supergirl’s story continues to unfold as a supporting character in the various Super-titles.

But, here, we get final answers — or at least more complete ones — about this new Supergirl’s origin: A new lifeform based on a previous person but literally a blank slate. In many ways, a very meta approach to rebooting the character. This is Supergirl, but not the Supergirl we know. She’s one who hearkens back to the past but leaves the door open for new and even better and more wondrous tales.

Superman leaving the injured Supergirl in the care of Kents (and, to an extent, Lana) shows now only the great amount of trust he has in his adoptive parents, but it also shows the optimistic and hopeful side of Superman. Yes, this Supergirl attacked him, the Kents and even Lana, but as Superman says, she did so out of fear — not malice. Unlike the Phantom Zone criminals that ultimately caused her creation, Supergirl, while perhaps prone to act impulsively or on rash instinct (as seen in attacking the Kents or, in this issue, Zod and Faora), isn’t intrinsically evil and deserves a second chance.

And much like Superman, she is the last survivor of her world — her universe, even. This creates a strong kinship between her and the Man of Steel that, in theory, could supersede any blood kinship the pre-Crisis versions of the characters shared.

Next time on Supergirl Monday: Who’s who’s Supergirl!

October 1st, 2011  Posted at   The Stack

It was a bit of a lighter month this time. At least it was on the surface. Anyway, let’s just get into it, eh? Here’s September:

Action Comics #904
All New Batman: Brave and the Bold #11
Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search For Swamp Thing #3
JLA: World Without Grown-Ups #1-2
Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 2) #63
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #13
Resurrection Man #16-17
Showcase Presents: Justice League of America Vol. 4 trade paperback
Steel #51-52
Superboy (Vol. 3) #52-56
Supergirl (Vol. 4) #22-25
Supergirl (Vol. 5) #67
Superman #714
Superman/Batman #87
Superman Beyond #0
Tiny Titans #43
Young Justice #1-2
Young Justice: The Secret #1
War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath #2

Total: 29 comics, 1 trade (Year total: 314 comics, 11 trades)

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA Vol. 4 was actually started last month, but finished this. To be honest, I was let down by this volume. It’s mostly comprised of Denny O’Neil-written stories and, sadly, he’s never been my choice writer. It’s nothing against his ability, he (by his own admission) just doesn’t “get” the characters I’m most into. And conversely, the characters he does get, I’m not into as much. Still, it was nice to read the earliest appearances of the Earth-2 Superman.

Coincidentally, I also started the ABSOLUTE JUSTICE hardcover this month. I read the series when it came out in single issues. The art was beautiful, but the pacing was horribly slow. I thought reading it “all at once” would improve that. It really hasn’t. The art is still great, though.

Despite the tepid stories, all this JLA-reading has me really psyched for Charlie Niemeyer and Isaac Frisbie’s Podcast of Justice, coming soon to an iTunes near you. Gotta love the JLA, even in bad stories!

As for the Reading Project front, in September I bid farewell to STEEL and kicked off YOUNG JUSTICE, which is a title I’ve not read more than a couple issues of (around the time of “Our Worlds at War,” as I recall). I’m only two issues in and I’m really enjoying it. It’s the type of writing Peter David is great at. I have a feeling it’s going to be a really fun read.

I think I’m about halfway through the project now. I’ve enjoyed it, but future reading projects will be smaller in scope. (And one final note: The RESURRECTION MAN issues listed above were part of the project, as they were parts one and three of a three-part story with an issue SUPERGIRL).

As you can see, I closed out the post-Crisis DCU this month. It seems odd to say I read the last issues… since I really didn’t. There’s still lots of material from that era to read. As I’m sure others have said, most books went out with a whimper. None of the books I read had any real finality to them and the four Super-related ones were utterly unimpressive. The two Green Lantern titles were nice notes to end on, but hardly what they deserved. Even though it was forced, I liked that GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS went out with a one-punch gag, as that’s such a seminal moment in Guy Gardner’s history (and really, Batman and the post-Crisis DCU as a whole).

But on a more positive note, ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD was another knock-out. This is seriously the best Johnny DC title since Mark Millar’s run on SUPERMAN ADVENTURES. It doesn’t exactly carry the tone of the cartoon, but, man Sholly Fisch is telling some good stories. Issue #10 was real heart-tugger at the end.

SUPERMAN BEYOND #0 was also quite enjoyable. It reminded me quite a bit of the tone of the DCAU stuff without being slavish to it, you know? We haven’t gotten a Superman story like this in the “regular” books for ages. Here we have a Superman who’s inspiring. Here we have a Superman who’s witty without being campy. Here we have a Superman who, while trying to find his place, does so without being a full-on mopey, “woe-is-me,” sad sack. If this issue leads to an ongoing series (which I’m guessing is the intention… why else number it a #0?), and can retain the spirit and tone of this issue, I am definitely interested.

But that’s it for September. My order from DCBS is in transit as I type this, so I’ll be getting my first issues of ACTION COMICS (*sigh* Vol. 2) and SUPERMAN (Vol. 3) next week and will include them in October edition of The Stack. Wish me luck.

August 1st, 2011  Posted at   The Stack

July was an exceptional month for reading. For the first time since January, I am completely caught up on new material and the Reading Project. (It also tied January as the most productive month of the year, for what it’s worth.) I am hesitant to say that it won’t be a problem keeping up from here on out, but with my books getting cut drastically come September, obstacles are seemingly fewer.

Here’s July:

Action Comics #901-902
Adventure Comics #527
All New Batman: Brave and the Bold #8
Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search For Swamp Thing #1
Green Lantern (Vol. 4) #66
Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 2) #60
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #10-11
Hulk-Sized Mini-Hulks #1
Steel #38-44
Superboy (Vol. 3) #39-45
Superboy and the Ravers #9-15
Superboy Annual (Vol. 2) #4
Superboy Plus #2
Supergirl (Vol. 4) #9-15
Supergirl (Vol. 5) #64-65
Supergirl Annual #2
Superman #712
Superman/Batman #84-85
Tiny Titans #40-41
Young Justice (Vol. 2) #4-5
Showcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 3

Total: 50 comics, 1 trade (Year total: 248 comics, 8 trades)

I started the Showcase volume back in May, but just finished it up. It was an excellent volume, though. It is, maybe, my favorite Showcase Presents volume so far. It is certainly my favorite of the non-pure Superman volumes. There are many classic and iconic stories in it.

The Reading Project is coming along nicely. I’m more than one-third of the way through now. STEEL and SUPERBOY AND THE RAVERS will be dropping off soon, and YOUNG JUSTICE will be added. None of those are likely to happen in August, but we will see. While we are on the subject, SUPERBOY AND THE RAVERS is a fun title. It’s unfortunate people pass on it because the dated (and kind of silly) title. Coincidentally, this era of Kon-El also gets passed on because of a dated costume and haircut. If you haven’t read it, you’re missing some fun stuff, folks.

HULK-SIZE MINI HULKS was… interesting. I don’t normally read Marvel titles outside of trades, but this looked cute. And it was, but also rather repetetive. It was also odd that the creators names were on every page.

My award for Best Book of the Month (which isn’t a real award, but I’m deeming it such for this post) goes to SUPERMAN #712, written by Kurt Busiek. It has taken its place as my favorite story of Kurt Busike’s run, topping out “The Best Day” from SUPERMAN ANNUAL #13. Not only was it an excellent done-in-one, it was extremely touching story. If you are a dog owner and don’t feel at least a twinge of emotion reading this, I might be lead to question your humanity. I might be sharing my thoughts on it more in an upcoming episode of “The Thrilling Adventures of Superman,” so keep an ear there.

And speaking of done-in-ones, GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #11 was a nice one, with Guy Gardner in the lead role. Though I like him more these days than ever before, I never cared just a whole lot for Guy. That’s not to say he’s a bad character… just not my flavor. However, I enjoyed this story… even more because it was a self-contained, one-issue story. Comics need more of those these days.

July 1st, 2011  Posted at   The Stack

Major comeback in June as I read more books than any month since January. I’ve discovered the key is forcing myself to sit down and read. Not that reading is a chore… but sometimes other things seem more appealing in-the-moment, but aren’t as fulfilling long term, you know? Anyway, here’s June:

Action Comics #900
Adventure Comics #525
All New Batman: Brave and the Bold #6-7
Brightest Day #24
Fallen Angel: Return of the Son #4
FCBD 2011 Green Lantern Flashpoint Special Edition
FCBD 2011 Young Justice Batman BB Super Sampler
Flash (Vol. 3) #10-12
Green Lantern (Vol. 4) #65
Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 2) #59
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #9
R.E.B.E.L.S. #27-28
Steel #33-37
Superboy (Vol. 3) #34-38
Superboy and the Ravers #3-8
Superboy Plus #1
Superboy/Robin: World’s Finest 3 #1-2
Supergirl (Vol. 4) #4-8
Supergirl (Vol. 5) #63
Supergirl Plus # 1
Superman #710-711
Superman/Batman #83
Tiny Titans #39
Young Justice (Vol. 2) #3
Total: 45 comics (Year total: 198 comics, 7 trades)

I also continued reading through SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN FAMILY, Vol. 3. I should finish that in the month ahead.

The Reading Project continues nicely. I’m about one-third of the way through it. While I am enjoying following the “lives” of these characters and as they evolve and grow in this era in tandom (and it will leave me in great shape when Michael Bailey and Jeffrey Taylor get to this era on From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast, I’m slightly regretting taking on such a large project all at once. The project encompasses more than 300 comics published over 8 years, which is… a lot. I think for future Reading Projects, I will aim for a more narrow scope.

If you’re interested in my thoughts on “The Incident” from ACTION COMICS #900, give a listen to episode 22 of “The Thrilling Adventures of Superman.” The topic that had folks all up in arms turned out to be a moot point for me, but the story still bugged me for reasons I go into in that episode.

So, the other big elephant in the corner: DCnU. I’ll spare you my personal feelings on the entire matter and cut to the quick: None of the titles sound interesting to me. I’m going to keep on with the three, soon to be four, Green Lantern titles and I will read ACTION COMICS (Vol. *sigh* 2) and SUPERMAN (Vol. 3). But reading those is based solely on past history. The Green Lantern titles, title shuffling aside, are making it through unchanged. I have enjoyed Morrison on Superman before, so I’m willing to give his year on ACTION COMICS a shot. And George Pérez is, well, George Pérez.

So, yeah. While it makes me sad that none of the books even sound interesting, I do recognize that it will give me more opportunity to read back issues and explore titles I have wanted to dive into for a while. So, to that, I’m looking forward.

June 1st, 2011  Posted at   The Stack

May brought a slight rebound in the ol’ comics reading. Still not where it was, but with the comics I read for “The Thrilling Adventures of Superman” and “Legends of the Batman,” which aren’t included in The Stack, this may be what is now a normal month. Here’s May:

Action Comics #899
Brightest Day #23
Eradicator #1-3
Fallen Angel: Return of the Son #3
Green Lantern (Vol. 4) #64
Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 2) #58
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #8
Jimmy Olsen #1
JLA 80-Page Giant 2011
Justice League of America/The 99 #6
Steel #29-33
Superboy (Vol. 3) #30-32
Superboy and the Ravers #1-2
Superboy Annual (Vol. 2) #3
Supergirl (Vol. 4) #1-3
Supergirl (Vol. 5) #62
Superman/Batman #82
Batman Chronicles, Vol. 4 trade paperback

Total: 28 comics, 1 trade (Year total: 153 comics, 7 trades)

That’s not a complaint, mind you. I love doing both shows. It just has the unfortunate consequence of cutting into my regular reading.

I also started reading SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN FAMILY, Vol. 3. (Oddly, this is my first SHowcase volume of the year!) But, it has been great Silver Age goodness from Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane titles. It’s a shame this is the last Superman Family volume to date (and that the Showcase Presents line has slowed period, as there is a lot more material DC could use for future volumes).

But, hey, look at that there reading project! ERADICATOR, SUPERGIRL (Vol. 4) and SUPERBOY AND THE RAVERS finally made the list this month. I’m only three issues in, but enjoying SUPERGIRL just as much this time around. Good stuff. Even SUPERBOY AND THE RAVERS is again enjoyable, which surprised me.

Last month, I mentioned I might be dropping the Green Lantern titles post-“War of the Green Lanterns” if that story didn’t renew my interest. I’m only three parts in, but have really been enjoying it. So far, it’s done a lot to reinvigorate my interest in those titles. So if the rest of the story holds up, I’ll be sticking around. We’ll see.