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Story by J. M. De Matteis. Art by Jamie Tolagson

Supergirl: Wings is a DC Comics Elseworlds one-shot comic written by J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League International) and illustrated by Jamie Tolagson (The Crow).

The story is a reimagining of the "Earth-Angel" storyline from Peter David's run on Supergirl, taking the Matrix incarnation of Supergirl and turning her into a literal angel. Matrix is an Amenlee, specifically an angel whose role is to help human beings turn away from their inner darkness. Unfortunately, Matrix is beginning to question whether her latest charge, a human girl named Linda Danvers, can even be saved. What follows is a tale of redemption as Matrix finds herself being forced to question who she is and why she does what she does, and it becomes increasingly murky just who, Matrix or Linda, needs to be saved.


This one-shot provides examples of:

  • As the Good Book Says...: Averted. This is a comic that runs on spiritual themes, but it's not a Christian or Catholic work. Matrix and the other angels make mention that all humans come to them, regardless of their religious beliefs, God is referred to as "Hir," and the demon M'yaa references the contradictions found in the Bible.
  • The Cameo: There are angelic versions of Wonder Woman, Hawkman, and Hawkgirl seen in the story's beginning.
  • Composite Character: The demon M'yaa has the appearance of Buzz, Linda Danver's demonic boyfriend from the main continuity, but his true demonic form bears resemblance to Batman.
  • Crisis of Faith: Of an actual angel.
  • Divine Ranks: See Our Angels Are Different.
  • Fallen Angel: The devil M'yaa. Except not quite.
  • Good All Along: Buzz/M'yaa, who turns out to be Matrix's guardian angel.
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  • Good Is Not Nice: The Spectre, who twice tries to kill Linda for her sins.
  • Hope Bringer: Linda in the very end. When the Spectre finally decides to come for her, Linda prays, and the power of that prayer is enough to shatter Matrix's disillusionment and creates a brand new being.
  • Humans Are Bastards: What the Spectre and M'yaa believe, and Matrix herself comes dangerously close to believing.
  • Humans Are Special: The comic makes a point that human beings, despite all their flaws, are capable of becoming anything they want, whereas angels like Matrix and Zauriel will always be what they are now. Except when Matrix and Linda merge into a new being.
  • Our Angels Are Different: There are many breeds and classes of angels in this world. Matrix and Zauriel are in the top of the hierarchy, and there are even spirits that protect the Earth and those that protect the ocean. All angelic beings go through each level in the hierarchy, with it mentioned that Matrix was at one point an Earth spirit and a water spirit.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Fairies are actually divine beings, guardian angels of the Earth and nature itself.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Mermaids are really the guardian angels of the oceans and seas.
  • Secret Test of Character: The story ends with the reveal that the whole ordeal was actually a test for Matrix, who evolves into a brand new being when she merges with Linda.
  • You Are Not Alone: Linda feels like she's thoroughly corrupted and horrible after the things she did following the deaths of her parents, but Zauriel steps in and tells Linda that many people have gone through dark phases like this. He assures Linda she's not incorrigible or evil, and is capable of doing more with her life, as all humans can, than himself and the other angels.