- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (September 12, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401202500
- ISBN-13: 978-1401202507
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl Paperback – September 12, 2005
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Jeph Loeb is a screenwriter / producer whose comic credits include the award-winning Batman: The Long Halloween and its sequel, Dark Victory. More recently, he has written the number one-selling Batman: Hush storyline. Michael Turner is one of the industry's most respected creators and has worked on many titles, including Fathom, Danger Girl, Tomb Raider and Witchblade. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Keep in mind that while this item is listed as volume two of the Superman/Batman run it is really just the entirety of the Supergirl story arc which is also part of the Superman/Batman Vol 1 print (https://www.amazon.com/Superman-Batman-Vol-Jeph-Loeb/dp/1401248187/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474047128&sr=8-1&keywords=superman%2Fbatman+vol+1). So you may decide to simply purchase that volume as it has double the story for relatively similar price point.
This is one of Jeph Loeb's best written books as far as I'm concerned. I know The Long Halloween or some other Batman title would probably be the majority of people's favorite work of his, but I think he just nails this story. The best things about the writing is the thought bubbles of Both Batman and Superman. The way that each character knows the other and their thoughts of the situation and the other people involved in the story are superbly written. This just shows how well Loeb knows these characters. I don't know if any other comic writer out there could have gotten the story exactly this perfect. The writing gets 5 stars as well.
This is one of the best graphics that I've ever read and would rank it right up near the top with The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, The Crow and a few others. If you haven't read this and are even remotely interested in Batman, Superman, and/or Supergirl, then you need to get your hands on a copy of this.
Unlike the old WORLD'S FINEST comic, SUPERMAN/BATMAN consistently explores the innate differences between the two superheroes, as well as their similarities. Jeph Loeb's big plot device is to simultaneously narrate the story thru Supes and Bats' frequently polarized perspectives. The "Supergirl" arc takes great pains to observe this yin yang dichotomy.
Back in 1985, in reading CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, Supergirl's death devastated me more than did Flash's death, even though Flash was the more iconic character. We all knew Barry Allen was a noble cat, and, yeah, his sacrifice was tragic. But Supergirl, in her final moments, was so alive and fierce, and she fought so hard. Her death simply felt more visceral. There have been various attempts to reintroduce Supergirl since then, but none more successful than this incarnation. She gets a pretty great origin story.
When an alien space vessel settles to the bottom of Gotham Bay, Batman investigates. And when a teenaged girl emerges, dazed and speaking fluent Kryptonian, Batman goes on immediate alert because Batman and paranoia go together like "superstitious" and "cowardly lot." Superman, obversely, welcomes this mysterious miss with open arms, seeing in her not only a fellow Kryptonian but his long-lost cousin, Kara Zor-El. Or so she claims. Bats isn't so sure. Kal-El seeks to nurture and protect Kara. Bruce is still very skeptical of her true agenda and of the legitimacy of her Kryptonian heritage. It's not calming him down any that Kara exhibits powers similar to the Man of Steel. He's aghast that Kal-El has right away revealed his secret identity to her. This "Is she or isn't she?" conundrum takes up most of this storyline to resolve.
The Kryptonian inscription on the spaceship's hull reads: "This vessel carries my daughter, Kara Zor-El, from the now dead planet Krypton. Treat her as you would your own child for you will see the treasure she will be for your world." Batman's immediate response is to question whether the translation didn't glitch up. We get an amusing moment in which an exasperated Superman assures Bats, for the fortieth time, that the translated word indeed is "treasure," and not "terror" or "trouble." Heh.
Gratifyingly, Loeb expands on the plot. He evokes images of the Trinity concept by featuring Wonder Woman (in full-on warrior mode) from the third issue on of this arc. Diana is slated to play a pivotal role in mentoring the fledgling Girl of Steel. Loeb also works in a Darkseid sub-plot that pays off huge in later issues. And since Apokolips is in the mix, we're treated to a guest spot by the awesome Big Barda as well (sorry, her husband, the escape artist, is currently on tour).
One of the aggravating shames in comic books is that this was the only interior work ever done by the dynamic Michael Turner for DC Comics. His take on the DC icons is spectacular. I absolutely love his rendition of Supergirl and Big Barda. And, thankfully, the writing does justice to his artwork. I love that SUPERMAN/BATMAN Vol. 2: SUPERGIRL starts out as a mystery and an involving character study but then explodes into epic scope. Loeb's canvas eventually attains grandiose proportions, thanks in large part to Wonder Woman's intrusiveness and to Darkseid's expert machinations and, of course, to Michael Turner's humongous talent. There comes a moment in which Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman decide to invade Apokolips, this basically an excuse for Batman to go one on one with Darkseid... and not only survive but win a breathtaking game of bluff. The coda then showcases Superman's own aptitude for sneaky strategy and his epic brawl with Darkseid, as well as Darkseid's inability to adhere to the spirit of a verbal contract. And I'd be remissed if I don't mention just how fresh-faced and appealing Kara Zor-El comes across in these pages. She is instantly more likable than Matrix or the post-Crisis Linda Danvers or Cir-El. Ah, man, Jeph Loeb, you were awesome once. What happened, dude?
This trade also comes with an introduction by Jeph Loeb, variant covers by Michael Turner (with one by Jim Lee), sketches by Michael Turner, and a Kryptonian-to-English translation of Kal-El and Kara's dialogue on page 21 of issue #1, as well as a Kryptonian-English cypher key.
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