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Supergirl Vol. 6: Crucible (The New 52) Paperback – July 21, 2015
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"A new twist on the mythology."--TV Guide
"The character's voice is so strong I felt like I knew who she was and what kind of world she came from...I want to see where her story takes her."--The Onion AV Club
About the Author
Tony Bedard is a former editor at DC Comics, who has gone on the write comics for Valiant, GrossGen and Marvel Comics. For DC Comics he has written BIRDS OF PREY, COUNTDOWN, R.E.B.E.L.S. and FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN. Tony is currently writing GREEN LANTERN CORPS and DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS.
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Issue 34 (written by Tony Bedard, art by Karl Moline): This one is part of the far-too-long "Doomed" crossover, and ends in a cliffhanger that you'll need to buy another book to see what happens next. It introduces a new character, paralyzed African-American Michael, as a possible Earthling boyfriend for Kara. It shows how being a Red Lantern finally got Kara's excess anger out of her system.
Issue 35 (Bedard, Jonboy Meyers): Well, most of it. Red Hood shows up, and she yanks him by the throat and flies him out a window (sigh). Then they team up to fight people with kryptonite guns that don't seem to hurt her much (?) I guess her suit protects her.
Issues 36-40 (K. Perkins, Emanuela Lupacchino): With the new author and new artist, now there's a reason to buy this book. Kara is abducted by aliens and invited to join Crucible, an intergalactic training school for young superheroes. Guest-starring Superboy, Maxima, and [Captain] Comet.
Supergirl: Future's End (Bedard, Lupacchino): - As usual with the Future's End one-shot issues, they don't have anything to do with the plot of the rest of the book as they take place in a future "five years from now" that will probably never happen. Kara is turned into a cyborg by Brainiac.
Alas, just when Supergirl got a good writer and a good artist and a good story (for once), they canceled the book. She next appears in Justice League United Justice League United Vol. 1: Justice League Canada (The New 52)
Also, there is a digital comic based on the show, which will begin to be printed in May.
The Adventures of Supergirl (2016-) #1
This book takes place sort of during and right after the Doomed crossover. Kara meets a wheelchair bound guy named Michael who saves her life and who she later returns the favor. This eventually leads to my favorite story in this book, a team up between Kara and the Red Hood. After that we get to the Crucible story arc in which Kara is sent to a space school to learn how to better use her powers and ends up teaming up with others to take down some rogue former students. Lastly we get a Future's End tie in which Kara has been turned into a Cyborg Supergirl. I didn't much care for that issue to be honest.
The stories aren't necessarily stellar as much as they are a breath of fresh air. This Supergirl is much more reminiscent of the Supergirl we are familiar with during the Sterling Gates run. Its such a shame when DC finally got it right, they cancel the book. Which leads to the biggest reason that I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5: it ends on a cliffhanger. SPOILERS: On the last page of the Crucible story arc, Supergirl gets injured at her job and bleeds. We don't know what happened and the next story after that is Future's End which doesn't deal with that story at all.
Supergirl is learning how to live on Earth and what her place is in the world. She's finally more at peace with her surroundings.
However, be careful when getting this or any graphic novel from amazon. Lately their packaging has been subpar and makes it so you aren't getting it in "mint condition". It's more of a used quality, like a library book.