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Supergirl: Many Happy Returns [Library Binding]

Peter David , Ed Benes
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15 Dec 2007
Written by Peter David; ART and cover by Ed Benes and Alex Lei In stores July 9. Collecting the hard-to-find final 6 issues of SUPERGIRL, #75-80, in one handy volume featuring an intro by Peter David and a new cover by Ed Benes! There are two Supergirls... but which one's the real deal? Linda Danvers isn't sure whether Kara Zor-El is for real, but she plans to find out. Can both of them survive the confrontation? For more information, see the feature article. SC, 7x10, 144pg, FC
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  • Library Binding: 144 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435222539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435222533
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,748,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, nice artwork, awkward ending... 30 April 2010
I love stories about superhero(ine)s, but I am not a big fan of comic books.
This book has an interesting story. It's about how modern comic book characters meet old comic book characters.
In the past, superheroes are happy to be superheroes, they are all powerful, and they always have ways to foil villains' plans before anyone has died. Nowadays, superheroes are driven by angst, they have limitations, and lots of civilians are killed even if they do succeed in foiling the villain's plan in the end.
In this book, the old Supergirl, Kara, arrives in the modern continuity and meets Linda Danvers, the (not so) modern Supergirl, and we can see some interesting dynamics between the duo. Kara is naive, but is more powerful than Linda (because of her silver age origin), and Linda is more mature, and sort of became her guardian. Later in the story, Linda did the reverse, and travelled to the silver age continuity.
The artwork is nicely done, and looks really pretty. (I am not an expert on comic book drawings, but they surely pleased my eyes, unlike Batman: Year One.)

If you are thinking of buying this book, you should have already done some research on Supergirl, so I am going leave some spoilers. It's the last few issues of Linda's run of Supergirl, so they have to put her on a bus (see "Put on a bus" on tvtropes :P). In the original silver age continuity, Kara made a heroic sacrifice and saved the multi-verse. Now, with Kara missing from the world she came from, no one is going to save the multi-verse, and the world is going to end. Linda, as a hero(ine), decides to die in her place. She travelled to the silver age continuity, and hoped to sacrifice herself to save the multi-verse. She even married Superman in the silver age continuity, because they are no longer cousins.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Making Supergirl Super Again.... 1 Aug 2003
By christine - Published on Amazon.com
Peter David made some very controversial moves in his career as a writer. He is at his best sheer genius but in between moments of brilliance even a genius has his share of stumbles. I didnt agree with all his choices during the run of the series. When he took on the post Crisis Supergirl expectations were low. The Pre-Crisis Supergirl had died over a decade earlier and the new "Supergirl" was an artificial, souless protoplasmic being who had failed to catch on with all but the most die-hard fans.
So Peter David put his own spin on things...Introducing troubled young woman Linda Danvers. Linda had gotten mixed up with a bad element leading to her murder. In order to save Linda's life the artificial Supergirl known as "Mae" merged with Linda and became one entity...Saving Linda's life and giving Mae a soul. As one being Supergirl fought crime and her newfound humanity won over readers. Between these early issues and the final story arc ALOT went down for our caustic smart mouthed conflicted young superheroine. I won't go into all of that now but I suggest you check out the series run at your local comic book shop.
Despite great writing, Supergirl's sales were never stellar. In a last ditch effort, David and the DC Brass stunned everyone by plucking the Pre-Crisis Supergirl out of her timeline and bringing her to Linda's. The two girls meet and though Linda is wary of Supergirl/Kara Zor-El's perky toooo good to be true demeanor they bond quickly and become sisters of a sort. Peter David handles this well. He only had a handful of issues to make us care about Kara but he did the best possible job. Ultimately, Linda realized that if Kara didnt return to her own time and meet her destiny that the world would cease to exist and millions would perish. Tough choices are made...The Supergirls face off against Xenon a other dimensional assasin and Linda even tries to take Karas place. This final arc is amazing. You will laugh, cry and then probably throw it against a wall in sheer anger. It's great stuff. I wont ruin the ending but I will say that you shouldnt become to attached to either Linda or Kara...Damn DC!
My only objections here are that at times the arc seemed a bit rushed but that isnt Peter David's fault. He had to finish by the final issue. The title was cancelled earlier this year.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supergirl Goes Out With A Bang 30 Dec 2003
By A. Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
Although this was the last arc for Supergirl...what a way to go. The mix of Peter David's writing and Ed Benes artwork make this trade a definate must read (it was one of the most talked about comic events of 2003), and will be remembered again as the character of Supergirl evolves in 2004. The story centers around the newly recharged Linda Danvers (Supergirl to you! ) returns to find that a new Supergirl has crashed landed on Earth. Ed Benes' artwork is incredible (he can now be found drawing the gorgeous gals of "Birds of Prey"), I love it and was so happy to be introduced to him. Unfortunately the arc wasn't given the chance the revive the "Supergirl" series, it is still a great read and should be given the once over.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW. A great story. 15 Jun 2006
By Reviewer2006 - Published on Amazon.com
This is the last installment of the longest running Supergirl comic in history. And the cancellation is a shame. Peter David had always been very respectful of the pre-Crisis Supergirl throughout the series and tried to tie his stories to that world, updated for the new DC Universe. This takes that to the end.

Even if you have no idea what I am talking about above, the story and art in this book are so good, you should really enjoy. It's an updated throwback to comics history that bids farwell to a great series. Don't miss this.

The sad thing is that DC went on to resurrect the Kara Zor-El character in a series of disjointed stories that give her no characterization and no setting for her stories. It's a waste, especially when one sees what was done here.

Buy Many Happy Returns and stay away from Supergirl:Power and Superman and Batman: Supergirl
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Correction on Earlier Review's Pre-Crisis Argument 6 Oct 2004
By Ruel - Published on Amazon.com
An earlier review of Many Happy Returns states: "The entire premise of this story centers on the idea that pre-Crisis continuity still exists somehow. The point of the Crisis on Infinite Earths was that most of the universes were destroyed, and what remained of the multiverse collapsed into one single universe with a revised history. There were no other universes."

Actually, they do exist--the reintroduction of the multiverse came about when Grant Morrison and Mark Waid did the Kingdom storyline that introduced the concept of hypertime. Waid himself notes: "The entire rationale behind Hypertime was simply to once more throw open the doors at DC, to remind readers that continuity should follow stories, not vice-versa, and that the DCU should be a place where ANYTHING can happen. We're especially proud about the structure of Hypertime--that is to say, if you want to use it, you can, but if you're a creator or editor offended by it, that's fine, too, YOU DON'T HAVE TO USE IT. It's there as a tool, NOT AS A RULE." (quoted from Bruce Bachand's interview with Mark Waid, Jan. '99 *see [...] for the complete interview).

Given all this, the reviewer's argument doesn't hold. when he says, "The idea of one person creating a new world is insane. Kara's success depends on it being one Earth with only one active timeline. Otherwise, Kara would create a 'divergent Earth' and fail."

But Kara's universe *is* a divergent one, one where only she, not Linda, can play the role that was fated for her. In a sense, one person *does* create a new world. The previous issues had emphasized how different the two Supergirls were--it only follows that one cannot replace the other in a parallel universe without there being some substantial differences in the outcome. Hence another divergent Earth--not the DC main universe, nor Kara's universe, but one that came about because of Linda.

All in all, a really good conclusion to the Supergirl series.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Super-Story of 2003 31 July 2005
By D. F. Odom - Published on Amazon.com
Like Mark Waid's "Kingdom Come" before it, this book is a contrast, or maybe even a commentary, on the difference between older, fun comics where anything was possible, and the newer, rigidly structured DC Comics. Honestly, no one has bought this book because of the new Supergirl...everyone buys it to see Kara one last time.

I highly recommend this book.
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