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Supergirl Paperback – April 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563894106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563894107
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Peter David is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the incredibly popular New Frontier series. In addition, he has also written dozens of other books, including his acclaimed original novel, Sir Apropos of Nothing, and its sequel, The Woad to Wuin. David is also well known for his comic book work, particularly his award-winning run on The Incredible Hulk. He recently authored the novelizations of both the Spider-Man and Hulk motion pictures.He lives in New York.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2001
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ktomas on June 20, 2000
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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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 28, 2001
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 28, 2001
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2000
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer2006 on June 14, 2006
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Back when DC decided to actually stick to a continuity and allow Superman to be the only survivor from Krypton, they wanted to come up with a new supergirl. After a few touch and go years with the lackluster Matrix character filling that role, Peter David came along and breathed new life into the character, tying her to the Supergirl mythos that existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths. This is a collection of a few disjointed initial issues from the longest running Supergirl comic ever. Sadly, the book was cancelled but not before they published one of the best Supergirl stories to date with Many Happy Returns (eventhough it features Linda in that ridiculous costume).

Too bad the newest incarnation so far shows no hope of even coming close to this great series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By svendsend@canada.com on October 26, 1998
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Peter David has proven once again why he is one of the best contemporary comic writers. He's taken a B-level DC Superhero and transformed her into a fleshed-out, fully dimensional person. Don't expect a lukewarm version of Superman...other than the shared costume, they couldn't be more different. Great clean, crisp art from Gary Frank and Cam Smith, who previously worked with David on "The Incredible Hulk". Peter David is one of the few comic book writers who can actually make me laugh out loud while reading, while still delivering a solid story. If you're a fan of Mr David, pick this one up, you will not be disappointed. If you're not, pick it up anyways!
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