Comicbook / Supergirl 2011

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"Ever since I woke up here on Earth, I can't catch a break. Why should I expect this to be any different?"

Have you ever had that feeling... like you've been asleep for a really long time? For what seems like a lifetime. And you have crazy dreams. Things you didn't even know your brain could imagine. But when you finally wake up... The dream isn't over?
Supergirl

Supergirl (2011) or Supergirl Vol 6 is Supergirl's sixth solo book and part of the New 52 initiative, which tells the adventures of Kara Zor-El after the New 52 reboot and before DC Rebirth, spanning fory issues plus several annuals and ties-ins. It was followed by Supergirl (Rebirth) and Supergirl Vol 7.

Kara Zor-El arrives on Earth after spending several decades in suspended animation. Upon waking up she finds out that Krypton is gone, her family is dead, her baby cousin is now a grown man and she is stranded on an alien world. As she adapts to her new home world and learns to trust her cousin again, Supergirl befriends Silver Banshee; fights villains such like Simon Tycho, the Worldkillers, H'el, Cyborg Superman and Lobo; takes part in the H'el on Earth, Krypton Returns and Superman: Doomed crossovers; joins briefly the Red Lanterns; and attends to the Crucible Academy before being entrusted the protection of Earth by Superman in Superman: Super League.

Mike Johnson, Tony Bedard and Kate Perkins wrote the book’s most well-regarded runs. Notable storylines are Last Daughter of Krypton (issues #0-8, written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson and illustrated by Mahmud Asrar), Red Daughter of Krypton (Supergirl #27-33, Green Lantern #28 and Red Lanterns #27-32. Written by Tony Bedard and Charles Soule and illustrated by Yildiray Cinar, Alessandro Vitti and Emanuela Lupacchino) and Crucible Academia (issues #36-40. Written by Kate Perkins and Mike Johnson and illustrated by Emanuela Lupacchino).


Tropes:

  • Action Girlfriend: In Supergirl #34 Kara begins a brief relationship with a nice, considerate wheelchair bound boy named Michael.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Syobhan Smythe, alias Silver Banshee, is usually a super villain. Here she is a nice girl who befriends Supergirl and helps her adapt to Earth.
  • A.I. is a Crapshoot: In issue #13 Kara gained the Sanctuary, a Kryptonian base at the bottom of the ocean. Unfortunately Sanctuary is programmed to eradicate any Kryptonian double in her presence. When Supergirl and her Earth 2 counterpart Power Girl enter Sanctuary in issue #19, it deems Supergirl the double and tries to eliminate her. The two Karas must destroy Sanctuary to save Supergirl. However, the A.I. survives in a robot body; hell-bent on destroying Supergirl.
  • Alien Among Us: This is the case for Supergirl, who came here as a teenager rather than being raised here as her cousin.
  • Alien Sky: Inverted in issue #1. Kara realizes she isn't in Krypton anymore when the Sun rises... and it's a yellow sun instead of red.
  • Alternate Self: Kara meets Power Girl in issues #19-20.
  • A Planet Named Zok: In Supergirl #21-24, Kara visits a world called I'noxia.
  • Appendage Assimilation: In issue #23, Cyborg Superman assimilates Kara’s whole body.
  • Arranged Marriage: Alura wanted to get her daughter married through one of these. Kara objected. Fiercely.
  • Badass Boast: In New 52 Supergirl #24, Kara gives a real badass boast after getting killed by Cyborg Superman and being reborn:
    Supergirl: Cyborg Superman, show yourself! You stole my flesh, but in so doing made me anew! Do you see? Fists with the mass of moons, legs that burn with the heat of suns! I have the power of Creation at my fingertips and I will not stop until I have forged you a world of misery! Come to me, Cyborg Superman, and feel the wrath of what you have birthed!
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Issue #21 is titled “Be Careful What You Wish for…” Kara arrives on I’noxia, a planet could completely recreate Krypton. However, Cyborg Superman’s presence means the reimagining of Krypton can cost Kara her life.
  • Biker Babe: In Supergirl #21-24 Kara rides a space rocket bike.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Kara -who is a short-tempered, hot-blooded brawler and not feminine in the least- wears her hair this way.
  • Breaking the Bonds:
  • Bring My Brown Pants: In Superman #6, Supergirl saves an obnoxious reporter from falling out of the sky. When she brings him to the ground, Jimmy Olsen and the other reporters complain and order in a change of pants for him.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Supergirl has been taught martial arts as part of her schooling on Krypton, although she's far from an expert.
  • Burning with Anger: In Supergirl #24, Kara is literally burning after Cyborg Superman stole her flesh to rebuild his body.
  • Cain and Abel: Tsavo and his brother Roho whom Kara met when she attended Crucible Academy.
  • Came from the Sky: Kara's space pod landed in Kansas, cut through the mantle and emerged in Siberia. When Kara left her pod, she was surrounded by a corporate-owned black-ops team who wanted to capture her to examine her. They didn't count on their target being a super-powerful Kryptonian and Superman arriving at the site during the ensuing melee.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In Supergirl #0, several aliens were seen floating in several pods in the background. In the first arc, Kara met and fought four of those aliens -who were called Worldkillers-, and her leader revealed that there was a fifth worldkiller. Supergirl fought the last world-killer almost thirty issues later.
  • City in a Bottle: In issue #12 Kal shows Kara the Bottle City of Kandor.
  • Cool Bike: The KR-1 space-bike that Kara "borrowed" from Dr. Veritas lab. It is a rocket space bike.
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: Krypton is definitely this. In Supergirl #12:
    Supergirl: My father Zor-El took me to see Kandor when I was a little girl. I thought it was the most beautiful place in the world. It wasn't as crowded or noisy as Argo or Kryptonopolis. It was like someone built a garden out of glass and light.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Supergirl also has some good deadpan lines. In Supergirl #22, after Cyborg Superman reveals that he needs her flesh to become whole again, Supergirl gives this gem of an answer:
    Supergirl: You want to say that again? I couldn't hear you through all the creepiness coming out of your mouth!
  • Death Glare: In Red Daughter of Krypton she does this constantly due to her Rage Ring fueling her anger. At the beginning of the story she glares at Lobo as she tells she's done with users... and with him. Lobo -an inter-galactic bounty hunter and mass murderer- gets scared and tries to calm her down.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Kara crosses it in Supergirl #28. She starts out a nice, happy-go-lucky girl. Then her father places her in suspended animation inside a rocket and launches her out of Krypton. When she wakes up, she finds herself stranded on an alien, primitive world. Her family, her friends, her old life... are gone forever because her home world exploded nearly thirty years ago. Then she goes through several months of endless battles. Meanwhile, she appears to be unable to connect with her only living relative, she doesn't manage to fit in with Earth's people or keep any friends, and everyone she meets wants to decide what is better for her or tries to use her. She falls in love with someone who turns out to be a murderous, manipulative bastard. She has a chance to save her planet, and she fails... Then she runs into and fights Lobo, who intentionally presses her Berserk Buttons until she flips out. After pummeling him, Kara is mad like hell and feeling hurt, betrayed, confused and utterly hopeless, thinking she belongs anywhere and can trust no one.
  • Destructive Saviour:
    • Supergirl is a hero fully committed to save lives. Unfortunately she's also powerful enough to level whole cities, so when she fights an enemy who can force her to fight seriously, they often wreck the battlefield.
    • In Supergirl #7 she and four Worldkillers turn Manhattan into a war zone.
    • In Supergirl #31 and Red Lanterns #31, she and several Red Lanterns try to save planet Primeen's capital city. Unfortunately they almost burn it down when they fight Atrocitus, and Kara uses her heat vision to stop a blood storm. Supergirl feels horribly guilty, and Bleez mutters that they were supposed to be the good Red Lanterns.
  • Determinator: Kara never quits. Never. Not even when she's poisoned with Kryptonite, her body is getting stolen by an alien abomination, and her heart has stopped. Even so, she'll keep fighting. She explains that her mother taught her to never give up.
    Supergirl: But then I thought of mother. I remembered all I had to live up to. A daughter of the House of El never quits. I wasn't about to be the first.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In Supergirl #26, a crime lord is killed by the same dancers whom he mistreated.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: In Supergirl #27 Supergirl kicks Lobo so hard that she appears to kill him. Kara is so upset that she swears she didn't want to kill him and she cries she doesn't know her own strength.
    Supergirl: I don't even know my own strength!
  • Dying Alone: In Supergirl #23, Cyborg Superman is stealing Supergirl's flesh. As she dies, Kara pleads with him that she doesn't want to die, let alone die alone.
    Supergirl: Please, I don't want to die. Not like this. I don't want to die alone.
  • Dynamic Entry:
    • In Supergirl #31, Red Lantern Sheko is about to mind-rape several more innocent bystanders when a heat blast hits her from behind. Cue Supergirl swooping in on her.
    • During the Superman: Super League storyline, this is how Kara barges in on the battle between her cousin and the Energy Superman: double-kicking the false Superman’s back while she yells: "Leave my cousin alone!"
  • Exact Words: In Supergirl #26, Lobo is furious with his employeer Rhialla.
    Rhialla: There's no need for threats, Lobo. Besides, Section Nine of your contract forbids you from killing your employer, remember? And we both know you always honor a contract.
    Lobo: Contract says nothing about maiming you.
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: In the H'el on Earth arc, Kara grabbed a Green-K shard and stabbed H'El with it, even though the radiation was killing her.
  • Fish out of Water: Unlike her cousin, who left Krypton when he was too young to remember it, Kara spent her formative years growing up in Kryptonian society before she was sent to Earth as a teenager. Understandably, she has a harder time adjusting to life on Earth than Kal-El ever did, as she still considers herself a Kryptonian at heart.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: Kara's father sent her to Earth to escape from the destruction of Krypton, and she eventually became one of its greatest heroes.
  • Forceful Kiss: After Kara has rescued his parents, Michael impulsively kisses her. He starts to say he's sorry, but Kara cuts him off and kisses him again.
  • Friendless Background: Kara had this issue for a long while. She was stranded in a strange planet, her family and old friends were all dead, she didn't trust her cousin, she had no friends and she felt very lonely and isolated. Her situation led to a Despair Event Horizon combined with a Rage Breaking Point and her becoming a Red Lantern for a while.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Seeing Power Girl makes Supergirl feeling bad because she feels pathetic in comparison.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: In Secret Origins #1, Kara pokes Superman's chest with her forefinger and tells that she wants to do the right thing, even if she has to live with the consequences.
  • Go Through Me: In Supergirl #38 Maxima wants to bring Superboy back to Crucible. Supergirl steps in her way and declares that Maxima will have to go through her.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Krypto was Kara’s family's dog. Kara is delighted when she learns that Krypto survived.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: In Red Daughter of Krypton Kara went through one after meeting and beating Lobo, believing everyone wanted to manipulate her and she belonged nowhere. She was so upset and furious that she became a Red Lantern. A while later she was told that she would be a Red Lantern forever because she would die if she took her Power Ring off. She fell to her knees in despair and fury, threw her head back and screamed while incandescent light poured from her eyes.
  • Hero Insurance: In Supergirl #31 and Red Lanterns #31, a city gets leveled and burned down because of a battle between two groups of Red Lanterns. Supergirl and her Red Lantern team want to help out with the post-battle clean-up and rebuilding, but the frightened locals beg them to leave as soon as possible.
  • He's Back: At the end of "Red Daughter of Krypton" arc, Kara becomes again Supergirl, and decides to return to Earth and protect the planet.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: Kara did this in the Crucible Academy story arc. After being abducted and taken to a weird, unknown place, she grabs the neck of one of her kidnappers and hovers over an abyss, demanding answers while reminding him that "It looks like a long way down."
  • Home Base: Sanctuary, Supergirl's base located on the bottom of the ocean.
  • I Hate Past Me: Downplayed. Power Girl gets mad with Supergirl when her younger self called her "old". Supergirl apologizes, explaining she didn't meant it but she says stupid things when she gets upset. Power Girl admits that she used to be like that, too.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: In Krypton Returns, H'El saw Supergirl hugging Superboy and he thought she was falling for Superboy. However Kara didn't love Superboy.
  • Incompatible Orientation: In Supergirl #40, Maxima confesses that she is a lesbian and has a crush on Supergirl (who is straight). She confessed because she needed to spit it out, but she didn't expect that Kara returned her feelings.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Kara has blue eyes. And before Krypton's destruction she was a nice, kind and compassionate young woman. She became sourer after losing her home and her family, but ultimately she outgrew her angst and anger issues.
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: In issue #23 Supergirl rips the "S"-crest off a Superman’s decoy, shouting he is a fake and doesn't deserve to wear it.
  • Jail Bait: When an older super-villain hits on Supergirl, she hits him, shouting "I'm sixteen, you creep!"
  • Killed Off for Real: Simon Tycho, Worldkiller-1 and H’el.
  • Last-Second Chance: In issue #26 Lobo has trashed a local crime lord and then he decides to leave. The downed crime lord foolishly opens fire on him.
  • Leave Me Alone!: In Supergirl #8, the USA Army attacks Supergirl. She shouts "Leave me ALONE!!!" and flies away.
  • Love Hurts:
    • Kara feels she has been betrayed or let down by most of people she has loved or cared for: her father, her cousin, her friend…
    • Kara fell for H’el. And then she found out he was an evil, manipulative bastard, and had to kill him.
  • Made of Indestructium:
    • Her cape and costume are a kind of indestructible Kryptonian armor.
    • Her Red Lantern outfit and cape never get damaged, not matter what happens to her. Justified since her RL uniform is made of raw energy.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout:
    • Supergirl displays this skill occasionally: first when attacked by the Powered Armour wearing mooks of Simon Tycho; then when fighting Black Banshee; and later when she accidentally shatters a windowpane. Black Banshee specifically notes it and mocks it as a pale reflection of his power, before giving her a demonstration.
    • Ironically, Silver Banshee is one of her best friends.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Kara briefly dated Michael, but she had to leave when she lost her powers.
  • Meanwhile, in the Future...: In Supergirl #26, H'El travels to Superboy's mission's time, while "simultaneously" fighting Supergirl, with the times synching up so that he is hit by multiple Super Family members at the "same time".
  • Mind Hive: In issue #21 Kara meets the people of the planet I'noxia who are not individuals, so much as a collective consciousness.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Averted when Kara sees Michael's damaged spine and wonders if he was hurt when she fought the Worldkillers in New York. She's starting to get upset but Michael stops it when he says it was a car accident, no a hero-villain battle.
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Supergirl's costume is Kryptonian armor and nearly as indestructible as her.
  • Neck Lift:
    • In Supergirl #13, Kara grabs Simon Tycho's neck when he breaks into her underwater secret base.
    • In Supergirl #28 Kara grabs Lobo's neck and slams him into the nearest wall before punching him through it.
    • In the cover of Red Lanterns #31, Sheko does this to both Supergirl and Bleez.
    • In ''Justice League United #3, Lobo sucker-punched her. She grabbed his neck and lifted him off the ground before punching him across a valley.
    • In Supergirl #36 (first part of the Crucible arc), a stranger alien tests Supergirl. After finding him she grabs his neck, flies upwards and demands answers, reminding him that it's a very long drop.
  • Non-Action Guy: Kara had a short-lived relationship with a disabled boy named Michael, a normal, non-powered human.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Kara often falls for guys who later turn out to be jerks, super-villains or jerkass super-villains who hate when she sees through their ruse and breaks up with them. When it happens, they try to abuse her... and find out what bullying the obscenely super-powered, temperamental girl is a spectacularly bad idea. H'el is a case in point: he doesn't take well when she turns against him.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Power Girl makes Kara feel upset since she feels she's a failure compared with her alternate older self.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: In Supergirl #23 Cyborg Superman steals Kara's body to restore his, killing her in the process. She got hers body back in the next issue.
  • Parental Abandonment: Kara loses her parents when they send her to Earth to save her from the destruction of Krypton.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: In Supergirl #10, Alura wants to get her daughter gene-matched in order to find her a suitable suitor. Kara dislikes the process and points out that her parents didn't do that. Alura’s retort? "That was different".
    Kara: But why do I have to gene-match at all? You and father didn't, and you still found each other!
    Alura: That was different. Our situation was... unique.
  • Pietà Plagiarism:
    • It happened twice in the H'el on Earth arc: Wonder Woman carried Kara in her arms after knocking her out in Supergirl #17, and Superman did this to her cousin to carry her to safety when she got kryptonite-poisoning in Superman #17.
    • In the cover of Supergirl #20, Power Girl is holding an unconscious Supergirl.
    • In Supergirl #33, Worldkiller-1 holds a dying Supergirl in his arms before dumping her in the Sun (a move which was fortunate for her and incredibly dumb of him).
  • Powers Do the Fighting: In Red Lanterns #30, Supergirl has to stop Bleez from leaving med bay. She accomplishes this by blocking the doorway and standing her ground when Bleez tries to shove her aside. She did nothing; she just stood there as Bleez found out she can't overpower a Kryptonian.
  • Quit Your Whining: In issue #21, Kara visits Siobhan to say goodbye because Earth has been harsh towards her. Siobhan explains that everybody has troubles and issues, and Kara is not different. After Kara complains her friend doesn't understand, Siobhan angrily decides to return to her work, because Kara seems intent on pouting about her problems instead of fixing them.
  • Relative Error: It happens to Kara several times because most of people don’t know she is Superman's cousin. When Tycho sees her outfit he states maybe she is Superman's girlfriend. A while later Michael asks Kara whether Superman is her boyfriend.
    Michael: I mean, I don't know exactly how you and Superman are connected, but I can tell he matters to you. He's... What? Your brother? Your boyfriend...?
    Supergirl: ... My cousin.
  • Ring World Planet: Crucible Academia is one of these.
  • Scene Cover:
    • The cover of the first issue of Red Daughter Of Krypton features an enraged, eye-glowing Kara grabbing a Red Lantern Ring.
    • The cover of issue #37 -during the Crucible Academia story arc- features Kara struggling against several versions of her wearing her Red Lantern outfit, her work clothes and a Kryptonian armor. It really happens in the history, although they are only psychical projections.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In Hel On Earth, H'el talks Supergirl into helping him save Krypton, assuring that no one would suffer. She believes him... until she finds out that he omitted several key details when he explained his plan.
    Supergirl: H'el, you never said anything about sacrifice! About threatening this planet! About killing innocent people!
    H'el: Killing? I'm not killing anyone! When we go back in time, this planet and its people will still exist, only thrust back to its own past! What happens to them today will be no more real than a bad dream! Surely you see that, beloved —
    Supergirl: Don't call me that! You used me! You told me everything I wanted — everything I needed — to hear! And now people might be dying because I helped you!
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Kara fell for a nice, kind-hearted guy called Michael. After meeting Red Hood, Michael is worried that she will like a "bad boy" like Jason Todd, but Kara states that she doesn't want bad boys, but someone normal and dependable.
    '''Supergirl: Some girls go for that sort of thing. Me? I just want something normal. Something real.
  • Super Breath: Kara can blow gale-force hurricane winds out of her mouth, exhale blasts of ultra-cold air and survive underwater or in space without breathing.
  • Super Toughness: Kara first discovers she is very, very hard when she gets caught in an explosion and she doesn't get harmed.
  • Tempting Fate: In Supergirl #19, several Luthor's henchmen are trying to seize Supergirl. Two of them comment they'd hate to see what she could do when she grows up. Cue Power Girl showing up and trashing them.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Kara gave up being Supergirl when she became a Red Lantern. It didn't last long.
  • There Was a Door: In Last Daughter of Krypton Simon Tycho is looking for Supergirl as she's tearing his base and his troops down. Right when he is demanding that someone shows him where she is, the ground in front of him explodes and Supergirl flies in through the gap.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Kara found out that Krypton, her family, her friends, her old life... were gone right after crash-landing on Earth. For a long time she was an upset, lonely, sad teenager struggling through her abandonment and anger issues and her inability to fit in with humans. After Character Development, though, she lets her anger and confusion go and becomes a happier and more optimistic person.
  • Tranquil Fury:
  • Troubled, but Cute: Kara was a lonely, sad, hot-tempered, Hot-Blooded teenager with abandonment and anger issues -a ton of anger issues- before Character Development kicked off. She was a Guy Magnet, too. Once she asked a boy if he wasn't frightened of her, and he said no, because she was beautiful.
  • Underwater Base: Kara got her own undersea base -called Sanctuary- in issue #12. Unfortunately it got blown up in issue #20.
  • Unwanted Rescue:
    • In H'el on Earth, When the Justice League storms the captured Fortress of Solitude, The Flash is tasked with finding and rescuing Supergirl. However, Supergirl doesn't want to be rescued becauses she's working with H'el in the time.
    • In Superman: Super League, Superman seeks his cousin out, who has been missing for several weeks. When he finally finds Supergirl, she is unconscious and strapped to a chair at a Government facility. So he bashes his way into the place, rips Supergirl out of some sort of weird device, and flies her away. When Kara comes around, she tells him she did NOT need saving because they were helping her get her powers back.
      Supergirl: I did NOT need saving, Kal.
  • Up, Up and Away!: She uses to keep their arms aimed forward when she flies.
  • Villainous Crush: H'el claimed to love her. He also planned to blow the Sun up in order to save Krypton.
  • X-Ray Vision: In Supergirl #2, her X-Rays first activate when she's fighting Superman. Having no idea what her powers are, she freaks out when she sees her own bones.
  • You're Not My Father: In Red Daughter of Krypton Kara says this line after her team's leader tells she shouldn't drink booze because she's just a kid.
    Supergirl: You're not my parent, Guy Gardner, and from what I understand, you don't even lead this team.

Supergirl: For better or worse, this planet is my home now. I want to live among its people. Real people living real lives. The lives we've fought so hard to protect. Or did you forget that?

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