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Book Title: Showcase Presents: Supergirl, Vol. 2|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.40 MB
v The author of the book: Jerry Siegel
Edition: DC Comics
Date of issue: December 16th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781401219802
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Read full description of the books Showcase Presents: Supergirl, Vol. 2:A pleasant surprise considering it was written during the generally stiltled DC Comics in the 1960's, what with its usual one issue only storylines, Gilligan's Island-esque return to status quo all the time, etc.
But I think due to the short nature of the stories, as well as being mostly B-stories in "Action Comics", backing up Superman adventures, allowed for more experimentation and adventurous ideas, serializing Supergirl's adventures in a more exciting way than the pat version of her Kryptonian cousin.
The stories have more imagination than their contemporaries, showing changes to Supergirl's relationship to her friends and stuff, even if temporary. A storyline about her adoptive parents and her real parents was particularly effective and not entirely wiped away by the end of a story.
And it doesn't hurt to have Jim Mooney's art the whole time. Easily the best mix of craftsmanship artwork and relatibility/adventure animations and weird/kooky stuff. Definitely worth the reading alone.
"Action Comics #283" introduces a fun idea that they carry over a couple separate issues, in that Supergirl encounters a series of Red Kryptonite meteors that give her wacky new body types that she has to deal with and her secret identity. A real clever use of the artists imagination, and at least a mild chuckle at its inherent wackiness, as Supergirl has to deal with temporarily being a really big fat person and a werewolf type thing. The werewolf in particular was drawn well and was a compelling story idea.
"Action Comics #300" starts to resolve a storyline from several issues back, where Comet, Super-Girl's super horse, overcomes some issues with amnesia and finds his way back to her. Comet is an example of the use of a varied supporting cast of super powered things and human companions of Linda Lee "Supergirl" Danvers alike, to create a variety of different events between issues. There is a stronger sense of suspense with Comet's story, it feels less linked to the Super-character mythos, and there's a couple changes in setting to keep the pace up.
"Action Comics #321" is about Supergirl inexplicably discovering a superpowered "Supergirl" impostor who is doing bad things to ruin the real Supergirl's reputation.
This issue is emblematic of the strength that happened near the end of the volume, where Linda Lee Danvers goes to college, dealing with new friends and college awkwardness while still maintaining time to fight Supergirl crimes. It really does a good job of humanizing Linda's feelings and creating more complex relations between the real world and the Super world, making the whole thing more relatable for adults as much as a kids superhero comic can be.
So all in all the stories in this volume won't hold up to the modern storytelling scrutiny all the time, but I think some subtle touches in Supergirl's personality help to make her relatable, and the 12 pages per issue structure and at least some storytelling imagination keep it compelling as it goes.
Read information about the authorJerome "Jerry" Siegel, who also used pseudonyms including Joe Carter, Jerry Ess, and Herbert S. Fine, was the American co-creator of Superman (along with Joe Shuster), the first of the great comic book superheroes and one of the most recognizable icons of the 20th century.
He and Shuster were inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1993.
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