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Supergirl [Paperback]

Peter David , Gary Frank , Cam Smith
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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15 May 1998
Linda Danvers is Supergirl; Supergirl is Linda Danvers. But where one ends and the other begins is something neither can truly say. How and why two beings became one, and the price both must pay as a result, begins an epic trial by fire - one that will change for ever the destinies of both.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; First Edition edition (15 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852869607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852869601
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,176,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supergirl 7 Sep 2002
Format:Paperback
I really liked this book, but then I'm a sucker for anything Peter David...and Supergirl. My only gripe with the book would be that at times it's a little 'villian of the week-ish', with the far more interesting plot threads running in the background and for those not familiar with the 'Final Night' storyline, one of the issues will seem to pop up from nowhere.
That said, it's wonderfully written. The Supergirl/Linda Danvers character is far more interesting than the Lex Luthor lapdog she once was and the injection of a little humour into the character (which contrasts nicely with some of the darker elements), is always welcome. The artwork is nice also, Supergirl has never looked so hot!...well, not since Helen Slater anyway...
I hope that some more of Peter Davids run on Supergirl is released because this is one of those books that you could just keep on reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Supergirl's never really been one of my favourites but when I picked this up I couldn't put it down. Split personalities, cults and the creepiest ex-boyfriend ever, Supergirl mixes a fantastically written story with gorgeous artwork to produce one of the most intelligent and engaging graphic novels in a long time. Even if you're not a big fan of Supermans cousin, give it a go; you'll be surprised.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SUPER... INTRIGUING! 25 Mar 2004
By Kobolt5
Format:Paperback
Hmmm.. I personally thought that the Maid Of Steel was a lesser superhero than the good ol' Man of Steel. I have recently got into the world of ol' Linda Danvers/Supergirl. There's a sense of humanity to this book (a human girl gaining super powers!) so this story is much more believable, I mean she has typical teen issues (relationships, college, having to juggle a normal teenage life with regular superhero duties!) so Linda Danver is much more like Peter Parker than the goody-goody Kara / Supergirl, plus this book has a sense of humour something that the Superman books lack (too wholesome and serious). And with regards to Supergirl's looks.. maybe alien women are just naturally beautiful, but why blonde and why can Kryptonians speak perfect english hmmm?
Anyway... the journey from humble Supergirl to the merging of Linda & Supergirl is interesting to say the least! I laughed at certain moments , Linda is up there with ol' Peter Parker for wise-cracking!!
The writer does a good job of showing a more human side by Supergirl having to deal with the colourful past of Linda and Linda coping with another identity! The artwork is top notch and vibrant!
Anyway... I don't own this book, but I'm definitely thinking of buying it, the tale is enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and she's my next choice of hero to old Superman!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who is Supergirl? I want to know! 12 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Now this is what I call a good book. Gripping, that's the word. It starts off by showing just how empty Supergirl's life is, then sets her up with a bevy of ready-made human relationships when she has to merge with a dying girl to save her. The main meat of the book is Supergirl/Linda trying to work out what kind of person she is, and how to relate to her parents, while kicking the odd demon into touch in her spare time. This kind of story could easily fall flat on its face but Peter David (who should know a thing or two about split personalities given the numbers of years he worked on the Incredible Hulk comic-book) pulls it off in a very enjoyable way. The only problem is the last page, which isdisappointing in its lack of closure - although I guess you have accept that the stories were taken from the Supergirl comic which is still dealing with some of these subplots today!
The art is excellent too; a touch cartoony in places but very clean and clear and just what the story needed. And the gorilla looks amazingly good.
Buy this book. You know you want to.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark engaging story 28 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This graphic novel is a great retelling of the "classic" Supergirl story. The story begins with Supergirl, aka "Matrix", dealing with a life crisis. She saves a woman from a tornado only to be unable to help another man who ends up dying. Knowing that she is only a construct created by Lex Luthor of an alternate universe, she doesn't feel real, doesn't feel she has a purpose or stake in the world.
Her solution comes when she comes across a dying young girl, Linda Danvers. Matrix merges with Linda's body, retaining all her powers and memories, but gaining Linda's life and humanity. The trouble begins when she discovers Linda was dying because she was a sacrifice in a Satanic ritual, and rather than being a victim, she was a cult member. On top of dealing with new emotions, Supergirl must now live a dual life, balancing her past with Linda's sorted past, becoming part of the Danvers family while staying part of the Kent family, and dealing with the frustration, pain and angst of both Matrix and Linda.
As the story develops, Supergirl/Linda settles into her new life among her family in Leesburg only to find that it is a staging ground for a battle between good and evil. The same Satanic cult which sacrificed Linda Danvers is attempting to help demons cross over and bring about the end to the word. Supergirl foils the twists and turns of their plans, which include old enemies such as Gorilla Grodd who unleashes the base and beastly nature Supergirl now contains as part of Linda. Not only is it a struggle between good and evil, it is a struggle within as well.
To cap it off, the artwork is superb, rich in color and artfully done.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally....the Girl of Steel as she should be! 20 Jun 2000
By ktomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Supergirl was always been a misunderstood comics character, not only with the public, but with many creators over the years who unjustly made her out to be a lightweight. But acclaimed writer Peter David not only brings back the Girl of Steel's long lost essence, he thrusts her into a contemporary setting that's as mysterious as it is thought-provoking. Gary Frank and Cam Smith's art compliment with a dark landscape that sparkles with surreal energy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Super, Supergirl! 28 Nov 2001
By Zack Davisson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really enjoy the Peter David/Gary Frank take on Supergirl. They have taken a fairly confusing background and created a distinct personality. Gary Frank has perfected her "look." There is no more costume changes or unnecessary fashion.
Supergirl is one of my favorite characters and she is seldom given the respect she deserves. In this, the first nine issues of her solo series, she is given a chance to shine on her own. I miss Kara Zor-El, but this is a good substitute.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Super, Supergirl! 28 Nov 2001
By Zack Davisson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really enjoy the Peter David/Gary Frank take on Supergirl. They have taken a fairly confusing background and created a distinct personality. Gary Frank has perfected her "look." There is no more costume changes or unnecessary fashion.
Supergirl is one of my favorite characters and she is seldom given the respect she deserves. In this, the first nine issues of her solo series, she is given a chance to shine on her own. I miss Kara Zor-El, but this is a good substitute.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creepy, yet thought provoking. 29 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This delivers far more than your average comic. It is very dark and this is unusual when you consider that Supergirl was once a wholesome child of Fifties America. Cults, family life and Man's place in the grand scheme of the cosmos are effectively explored. Controversially God himself makes an appearance as a small boy and there seems to be a battle between good and evil being waged in Leesburg, a backwater American town reminiscent of "Twin Peaks." Although the art is very bright, it effectively shows that behind the most wholesome veneer can lie chaos and despair. Supergirl herself is a very sympathetic character. This is definitely not for young children, but it manages to raise the interesting questions of the BATMAN titles without being depressive.
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