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Every day in May we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
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Today’s list is the Greatest Supergirl Stories Ever Told!
10. Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade #1-6
Landry Q. Miller and Eric Jones combined to tell this delightfully amusing story of how Kara is pulled to Earth and forced to go to a private school where she encounters a variety of interesting friends and foes.
Most prominently in driving the action in the series is Belinda, Linda’s evil twin…
and Linda’s best friend, Lena, who is the little sister of a fellow familiar to Superman…
For good measure, let’s toss in Streaky the Super-Cat, who has an offbeat introduction….
This was a really fun series.
9. Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #314-315 “The Trial of Ontiir”
This two-parter (written by Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen and drawn by Terry Shoemaker and Karl Kesel, possibly over Giffen layouts) is an interesting story about a member of the Dark Circle who tries to convince the Science Police that he was infiltrating the Dark Circle and when he is later captured by the Dark Circle, he tries to convince them that he was lying about the whole “spying on them for the Science Police” part. Supergirl leads a very small Legion team (just her, Sun Boy and her ex-boyfriend, Brainiac 5) after the escaped/capture Ontiir…
The mission does not go the way Supergirl expected…
This story is well-remembered by Supergirl fans as the last story between Supergirl and Brainiac 5 before she was killed during Crisis on Infinite Earths.
8. Supergirl #0-5 “Power”
Jeph Loeb, Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund pit Supergirl against a plot by Lex Luthor to mess with her powers with different types of kryptonite, until a black form of kryptonite splits Supergirl into two beings – one of which is her evil side.
In the final confrontation between the two beings, Supergirl’s three mentors from her first appearance show up to help her decide just who IS she? IS the other Supergirl the “bad” side of her or is it the TRUE side of her and SHE is the divergent copy? They use Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth to find out…
7. Supergirl #75-81 “Many Happy Returns”
Peter David’s delightful final storyline on Supergirl introduced the pre-Crisis Supergirl into the book via time travel. By this time, the Linda Danvers/Matrix Supergirl had been weakened a bit and was wearing a new costume (like the one from the Superman Animated Series). Linda helps the pre-Crisis Supergirl adjust to this time and this world (as Crisis wasn’t just a time thing, the Pre-Crisis Earth really didn’t even EXIST anymore)…
However, Linda learns that Kara was destined to die (in Crisis on Infinite Earths). So she decides to take Kara’s place and Linda travels to Pre-Crisis Earth. There, she ends up actually falling in love with Superman and they get married….
Linda has a kid even with Superman. The Spectre from the regular Earth, though, arrives to let Linda know that this is destablizing time and that she can’t keep this up.
Back on the regular Earth, Kara is in trouble from the bad guy who set this whole thing up in the first place and Linda realizes that for time and reality to remain stable, she must let Kara return to the Pre-Crisis time to live her life again (and ultimately to die). Linda understands why she had to do what she had to do, but it was all too much for her and she retires as Supergirl with the final issue of the story.
6. Superman/Batman #8-13 “The Supergirl from Krypton”
Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner re-introduce Superman’s Kryptonian cousin into the DC Universe, with a slight twist, which is that when she shows up, Batman finds her first and he doesn’t trust her…
In that same opening arc, she also is trained by Wonder Woman along side the Amazons and is also temporarily corrupted by Darkseid. So very quickly, Loeb ingrained this new version of Kara into the DC Universe, planting the foundation for a successful reboot of the character.
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