Supergirl by Mariko Tamaki


She's super-strong. She can fly. She crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns. And with the help of her best friends and her kinda-infuriating-but-totally-loving adoptive parents, she just might be able to put her troubling dreams--shattered glimpses of another world--behind her.Until an earthquake shatters her sm...

Details Supergirl

Release DateAug 19th, 2018
PublisherDC Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Lgbt, Graphic Novels Comics, Fantasy, Comic Book, Family

Reviews Supergirl

  • David Schaafsma
    Mariko Tamaki, author of the much celebrated This One Summer, works with artist Joelle Jones (Lady Killer) to fill out the origin story for Supergirl, something along the lines of American Alien by Max Landis, the aw shucks story of Clark Kent in Kansas. The point of this volume is to show that Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl, is first and foremost a teen girl, living in a Midwestern community, with friends and family and every day challenges. Kara D...
  • James DeSantis
    Finally a Supergirl book I can FULLY recommend. Why is that so hard to find? Supergirl is a lot about Kara trying to find her place. Nothing new there. The book even opens up with "Where do I start? Oh yeah, same old story." and it knows it can't reinvent the wheel so instead it polishes it and makes a fun as heck read for one of our favorite female badasses! Kara going through learning who she is. Not in the sense of being a alien, which she gat...
  • Darinda
    An introduction to Supergirl. Kara is a typical teen girl living a normal life with a couple of best friends and parents who love her. She also has a secret... she has superpowers. This comic has a good story, interesting characters, and great artwork. A fun and entertaining read, and a nice update to Supergirl. Supergirl: Being Super contains issues #1-4.Chapter 1: Where Do I Begin - An introduction to Kara and her family and friends. Chapter 2:...
  • Julie Ehlers
    I didn't have high expectations going in, but this was excellent! I want to know what happens next RIGHT NOW.
  • Shannon Appelcline
    I thought this was an alternate-universe Supergirl, but by the time I got to the end I decided it was perhaps a rebooted origin story (because it's very much an origin, with a few unresolved plots). But I'm still not sure. DC continuity is soooo horribly broken.Anywho, this is a nice story. It creates a good supporting cast for the young Kara and acts very much as a coming-of-age story, where the general teenage feelings of alienation are made al...
  • Erica
    I've never been a fan of Supergirl - I don't actually like any of the Kryptonians - and yet, I enjoyed this origin story of the usually-bubbly blonde hero.She's not so bubbly in this one. She's a questioning sixteener, trying to figure out who she is and why her body feels weird and why she's so tired all the time. She has two best friends, loses one because that's how these stories are supposed to go, apparently, and begins to remember everythin...
  • Logan
    Pretty good! Heard this one was really good, so I ordered the trade as soon as I saw it on the previews and I'm glad I did! So the story is origin story of sorts for Kara, since DC feels the need to reset the origins of Superman related characters every few years. This one has Kara growing up in a small town similar to Smallville as strange things start happening around town and something is effecting Kara's powers. I enjoyed the story for the mo...
  • Christy
    Petition for Mariko Tamaki to write all the comics and Joelle Jones to draw all the comics. Fantastic through and through.
  • Chelsea
    I really wanted to like this. I love Tamaki’s Hulk book and Joelle Jones’ art is always a gift. However, I just couldn’t connect to anyone in this book. The tone just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t get attached to Kara’s plight or her grief. The dialogue for the teenagers reminded me of what happens when adults try to write young adult lingo. It’s always just strange to me and never makes much sense. Dolly’s lines like “assprick...
  • Rory Wilding
    Although the character has been around for six decades in comics and other media, the mainstream became very aware of who Kara Zor-El was in TV’s Supergirl, which first aired in 2015. The show took its time to find its footing, but has managed to give the superheroine her own identity that doesn’t have to associate with her more popular cousin, something that Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones have taken to heart when creating Supergirl: Being S...
  • Laura
    The original Supergirl was invented in the early 60s. It was still the time of silly, light stories, and her stories, set in an orphanage were light humor, and odd adventures, such as her dressing up like a fairy godmother to entertain kids, or her boring a hole through the earth so people could look through it and see the leaning tower of Pisa.I grew up on this Supergirl, and though that it was odd that she would have to be reinvented. But in lo...
  • Michael
    Die beste Supergirl-Origin-Geschichte aller Zeiten! Wir erleben Kara als Teenager, der sich fremd in seiner Umgebung (=auf der Erde) fühlt, was für Teenager nichts ungewöhnliches ist; nur das Kara eben tatsächlich fremd ist, weil sie von Krypton kommt, also ein waschechter Alien ist.Die Superkräfte spielen keine herausragende Rolle in diesem Auftaktband, es geht um Freundschaft, Umgehen mit Verlusten, seinen eigenen Weg gehen, kurzum: es geh...
  • Artemis
    I never liked Supergirl.Not before 'Supergirl: Being Super', anyway. I always saw her as nothing more than Superman's distaff counterpart - young, pretty, blonde, something for heterosexual Superman fanboys to ogle at while the power fantasy they can imagine themselves as was being realized (what some of them take away from the Man of Tomorrow. I know there is much more to him than that, as a character and a symbol. Still not a fan). At least Bat...
  • Jo
    This is Kara and her life with her friends. Focused on friendship and family from start to end. It's fun, emotional and interesting to keep turning the page. Loved my time with this story.
  • Mandy
    Really fun origin story—great writing and art!Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.
  • Wing Kee
    Supergirl Earth One. World: Fantastic art that's expressive and full of character. This is a character story and the art really helped bring the emotions to the reader. The world building is also fantastic. Being non canon the creative team had a lot more leeway to play with this world and it's similar and different enough to be it's own thing. Solid. Story: Fantastic 2/3 of the way and a weak final act. That being said this is a really well writ...
  • Alicia
    Yes to all of it. The illustrations, the text, the storyline. Yes to it all. Kara has super powers and was "adopted" by her family who knows of her abilities and keeps her pod hidden in the barn. She's a runner on the track team but has to keep her speed and strength in check. Readers meet her two best friends and dive into teenage life-- until an earthquake hits and she loses one of her friends. In the grief and mourning, it emerges that evil po...
  • Melanie
    The Supergirl story we deserve...Kara Danvers is an average teenage girl with a very extraordinary secret: she has unexplained, superhuman physical abilities and only a foggy memory of a childhood trauma. She was adopted by Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers out in the small town of Midvale, raised as their daughter. But when a freak earthquake interrupts a school track meet, Kara's life is disrupted permanently as she is forced to seek answers to her my...
  • Jena
    A supergirl book that is actually good?? It's more likely than you think.I actually really enjoy Supergirl, but most of her solo series or featured stories tend to be, well...what's the nice way of saying "horribly written?" This is a simple origin comic introducing Kara to Rebirth and to new readers. What sets it apart from a sea of other Supergirl origin stories is that this isn't the bubbly, lighthearted Kara we're used to - instead, this Kara...
  • Annise Blanchard
    I'm not a huge fan of superhero comics, but I adore the artists for this comic and DAMN. I am so glad I read this! I love Dolly, and think we may be the same person (as this panel shows ;) ) : But overall this comic was really amazing. The story was clear, interesting, and has me hooked. Quick favorite! <3
  • Adam Stone
    There aren't many Superfamily stories that interest me but I'll read anything Mariko Tamaki is working on. This is Supergirl's origin story, and it's very similar to the Clark Kent Superman origin story but Tamaki's excellent understanding of characters and ear for dialogue make this much more interesting than any Superman origin I've ever read. It does have a bit of a CW drama feel but it really works with the story, not against it.I would recom...
  • Anna (Bananas!)
    The story was pretty stereotypical but was saved from being dull by the wonderful characters. Every one was complex and interesting and real, especially Kara’s best friends and her dad. Plus there was an LGBT character - SPOILER - who didn’t suffer a horrible fate. Hooray! END SPOILER. There was also realistic dialogue, even if it seemed slight (that’s how people often actually talk), including in emotionally complex scenes. The author foun...
  • Jenn Estepp
    4 1/2. Probably my favorite comic that I’ve read in a while - certainly of the superhero variety. I’ve very little experience with any of the Supers, at least in book form, but it was really fun and I look forward to more.
  • Christiana
    I mean, I would read more of these.
  • Rod Brown
    Yet another Supergirl reboot disappoints. Super angsty narration attempts to remind us that Kara is a just teenager while the generic comic book plot with a secret underground headquarters/research lab reminds us that we really don't really need this sort of disposable story.
  • Renata
    A really sweet and inspiring read! I haven't read...any other Supergirl comics, I think, so this functions well as intended--a straightforward origin story for new readers. And the art is lovely.
  • Vince
    Mariko Tamaki is a killer writer, and when she writes a coming of age story she knocks it out of the park. I loved this, this is my first Supergirl story and I couldn't have picked a better one to read. I'll make this a more detailed review after release, but trust me, if you won't want to sleep on this.
  • Joelle
    I had not read any Supergirl books going into this, but I'm familiar with the basics of her story and other characters and things (Lexcorp, etc.) through TV, movies, and Superman. I like the art and the voice in this one. I really enjoyed the teen angst and friendship angle. Kara is just trying to figure out who she is, just like her human friends. And then stuff gets real when bad stuff starts to happen and she has to decide quickly who she is a...
  • The Lost Dreamer
    I have fallen in love with this comic book. This version of Kara Zor-El is fresh, fun, imaginative and thrilling. The plot tastes like a version of Smallville for Supergirl, but the characters (Kara's friends and parents) are simply so beautifuly depicted, that the book becomes much more than "another teen-superheroine". It has nothing to do with The CW's TV series, but those who watch it will probably love these comics.Also special mention to Jo...
  • Nancy
    I'll admit, I come to Supergirl through the TV show, not through the comics, so while I have some familiarity with the story, there's a lot of background that I'm missing. That said, it didn't hamper my enjoyment in the slightest.This version of Supergirl is fantastic. I love her attitude, I love her mom, I love her friends. I love how real she feels, even with superpowers.I also love the artwork. I love how people look like people and aren't par...