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Story by Mariko Tamaki. Art by Joëlle Jones

Where do I begin? Good question, right? I hate beginnings: the cheesy music swelling, the deep man voice saying, "This is the story of Kara Danvers, who lived in Midvale." I don't know. I guess you need a beginning to make sense of the rest of the story... to know where you are, who I am.

Supergirl: Being Super is a 2016 Supergirl origin and coming-of-age tale set outside of the main continuity of The DCU. Written by Caldecott Honor-winning and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer).

Flying and crushing coal into diamonds may come easy, but try popping a Kryptonian zit! But while growing pains shake up Kara's world, a deadly earthquake rocks the small town of Midvale beneath her feet! The Girl of Steel has a choice: let her world die, or overcome her adolescent insecurities and be super!


Supergirl: Being Super provides examples of:

  • Alien Among Us: Kara came to Earth as a small child, and the sudden appearance of new powers gives her trouble fitting in.
  • Big Bad: Coach Stone.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Kara's best friends are Jennifer — big and tall — and Dolly — short and chubby. Kara is thinner than Dolly and shorter than Jen.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Kara (blonde) and her two friends Dolly (black-haired) and Jennifer (red-haired).
  • Came from the Sky: The story begins with Kara's space rocket crash-landing on Earth.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kara has a dry sense of humor.
    Kara: Some things make no sense no matter where you start. Like yearbook photos. Why do we take yearbook photos in September?
  • Flying Brick: Kara is one of the best known examples.
  • Gay Best Friend: Dolly, one of Kara's best friends.
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  • Girlish Pigtails: Flashbacks show Kara wore pigtails as a child.
  • Good Ol' Boy: Jeremiah Danvers is of the sympathetic variety. He's a slightly eccentric -he doesn't believe in birthdays or sickness-, Government-wary gruffy man who doesn't know how handle emotionally-sensitive matters and thinks his country would be better off if "people worried less about revolution and more about getting stuff done". He is also visibly a devout husband and father.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Lex Luthor as Coach Stone was working for Lexcorp.
  • Hair Flip: Kara plays with a lock of her hair when she is confused, nervous or overwhelmed.
  • Happily Adopted: Kara was adopted as a child. She doesn't fret about it much and loves her adopted parents.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Kara's friend Jen is killed in an earthquake when she falls out of Kara's arms. Kara feels bad for being unable to save her.
  • In-Series Nickname: Jennifer Bard goes by "Jen".
  • Ironic Name: Dolly's parents named her after Dolly Parton in hopes that she'd turn out like the singer. Dolly is nothing like her namesake.
  • Local Hangout: Kara and her friends often eat at a local burger shack.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Kara's friend Jen is taller and brawnier. However Kara can bench press vehicles.
  • Secret Identity: Kara Zor-El/Supergirl's secret identity is Kara Danvers.
  • Skunk Stripe: Tan-On has a green streak in his otherwise black hair.
  • Super Strength: In one of the first scenes Kara lifts a tractor with one hand.
  • Token Minority Couple: Subverted when Kara means a Kryptonian named Tan-On. She's attracted to him but it doesn't work out because he hates humanity and wants to kill earthlings.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Kara's friend, Dolly, is a black lesbian.

Kara: But I feel like none of this will make sense no matter what I say.


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