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Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl Paperback – September 12, 2005

4.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
Book 2 of 12 in the Superman/Batman Series

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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story arc is written by fan-favorite Jeph Loeb and the art is provided by Michael Turner. This arc introduces a new Supergirl in the DC Universe. The premise is that a giant meteor rock has landed in Gotham Bay and contains a girl with no memories and no trace of origin. The only thing that is concrete about her is that she is from Krypton adn her name is Kara. There is also a hint that she is from the House of El and is Superman's cousin. Superman is thrilled to have a living relative from Krypton whereas Batman is suspicious of her. As she is adjusting to life on Earth, she is forcefully removed from Batman and Superman's custody by Wonder Woman. And later on, she is kidnapped from Paradise Island by Darkseid. Thst is it for the basic premise.

This is not one of Jeph Loeb's best works. It is pretty to look at (It's Michael Turner, people) and there are some great moments in the story but other than that it is pretty generic. I have read all of Loeb's works for both Marvel and DC and feel that he is a writer of great caliber. Here, however he writes a lot of events and characters that are just there for shock value. For example, Kara is out in the town with Superman and Batman and all of a sudden Wonder Woman shows up and attempts to kidnap her...my question is why? These three are JLA members and good friends. There is no reason for Wonder Woman to try and Kidnap Kara other than the fact that in the final page, you see Batman and Superman gasping saying " gasp...It's You!!!" Also, Darkseid is disposed of in a very generic and in a less than glamorous manner. However, there are good moments in the story, i.e. Batman taking on Darkseid...that's right Batman vs. Darkseid. But overall it's a pretty generic story.

Overall, it's not a great story but it's an okay story...
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When I was just getting into comic books, I didn't know anything about the mainstream superheroes and their origins. Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman? They were legends, known from cartoons and pop-culture. But then two series changed all that by sucking me in with their outstanding artwork, and incredible story-telling. The first one was Batman:Hush by Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb. The second is this one, the second part of Superman/Batman. Only this time it's Michael Turner instead of Jim Lee. Loeb though, wrote this one too, and while unfortunately he does not quite match high point he reached with Hush Part 1 (or Spider-man: Blue or Hulk:Gray) for the duration, he still managed to weave a good tale, with the best parts approaching or even competing with his best work.

While Hush is certainly enough to make a Batman fan out of the uninitiated, I was really introduced to the character of Superman through Superman/Batman and Superman: Godfall (also highly recommended). Like the previous issues of Superman/Batman, this series picks up with a story being told from the duel perspective of the dark knight and the man of steel. This time of course the story involves one Kara Zor-El, Superman's Kryptonian cousin. You could say that this whole storyline is really an answer to all the people who said "How come we aren't getting any cool comics about the REAL Supergirl?!". As a serious fan of all female superheroes, I can't help but think that this is a very good thing.

The first chapter of the story details Batman's investigation of meteorite that has fallen to earth (as shown in the first Superman/Batman collection). He goes underwater to check it out while Superman complains about how he can't go outside because of all the anti-Superman propoganda being pushed by the President (Lex Luthor).
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Kara Zor El is back! After 20 years of fake Supergirls (Matrix, Earth angel, Cir El) the girl of steel of silver age gets a new life for the joy of her loyal fans. This beautiful album by Loeb and Turner brings Kara to the 21st century with lovely artwork and a well developed story. In the introduction Loeb says he fell in love with Kara and such love shows in every page of this outstanding work. A must in the collection of every enthusiast of classic super-heroes. Now let us hope that Kara gets the chance she deserves to be fully developed. Supergirl is more than a female version of Superman. As you know Kal-El came to Earth as a baby and was raised in Kansas. His mind is that of an american on a kryptonian boy. But Kara was raised and educated in Krypton until the age of 15. She is the last ambassador of an very advanced civilization. Even if she doesn't have much memory of her life at home she has the potential to became a tutor of his cousin as Loeb suggests in this book. And that's why all those earth girls with Kara's costume were not Supergirls. The krypton background was missing. If you like comics in the old style buy this book! Support the return of the lovely and unique Kara Zor-El
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Michael Turner's artwork is the epitome of what comic art should like. In the introduction, Jeph Loeb said that Turner drew the best looking females in all of comics. I'd happen to agree with him. Not only the women look good though. Turner's Batman is one of the coolest looking versions of Batman ever. Even as much as I love Jim Lee's art, Turner's Batman put Lee's to shame. Like Jim Lee, Turner's super-detailed work caused him to become one of the hottest artists in comics. It's really sad that Turner passed away a few years after this volume came out. From everything I've ever heard about him, he was a great person. The comic industry suffered a tremendous loss that day not only because of his talent, but for the type of person that he was. The art in this volume, along with everything else Turner ever drew, gets 5 stars.

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.
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