Reviews: Superman/Batman: Supergirl

Published on December 7th, 2010

Remember like a month or two ago there was that Direct-to-DVD release of Superman/Batman Apocalypse? Well you should because there was a Comic Impact review of it and everything! What are you doing with your time?! Anyway, just so you know it was based on a comic book. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Well I finally got around to reading the trade that contains the issues of this story so as it’s the most recent thing I’ve read, it’s the focus of this week’s Trade Tuesday. It is Tuesday right?

supermanbatmanvol2So this second volume of the Superman/Batman series is written by Jeph Loeb and penciled by the late Michael Turner. It’s a talented creative team that complement each other very well in this story. It also brings Supergirl back to the DC universe after she was killed off years before. The story starts off with Batman fishing around Gotham Bay for Kryptonite when he discovers a small spaceship in the bay. We find out that a young Kryptonian girl was in the ship and she’s now wandering around Gotham City causing trouble until Batman is able to catch her and bring her back to the Batcave. When she wakes up she is introduced to Superman and after a brief discussion between the two it is revealed that she is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El from Krypton that was also sent to Earth around the same time as Kal-El when Krypton was destroyed. She is then brought to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude where she can learn English and get herself together.

Superman is more than happy to find a living blood relative, but Batman doesn’t trust that this isn’t a trap. Which leads to Supergirl being abducted by Wonder Woman and taken to the Amazonian Island. While there Kara is trained in combat and how to use her powers. Things go pretty well for Kara until Darkseid sends an army of Doomsday clones to attack the Amazonians and then kidnap Kara and bring her to Apokolips where she will become another one of Darkseid’s slaves in his army. At least she would if Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman didn’t recruit Big Barda to get them to Apokolips and rescue Kara.

Once they get to Apokolips there’s action galore as Wonder Woman and Big Barda fight off Darkseid’s Honor Guard, Batman takes on some demon dogs, and Superman goes after Darkseid himself. Unfortunately Superman is forced to fight Kara who has been brain-washed by Darkseid. On the bright side Batman is able to come to the rescue by holding the whole planet for hostage by arming Darkseid’s Hellspores. Darkseid gives Batman a pretty brutal beating, and after his rage subsides Darkseid agrees to the terms and lets Kara go.

The story ends with a battle on Earth when Superman brings Kara to his parent’s house only to find Darkseid has come to kill Superman. Sadly Kara is disintegrated by Darkseid which causes Superman to go crazy and beat the crap out of Darkseid all the way to The Source Will at The Final Barrier of outer space where Superman dumps Darkseid to spend the rest of his life. When Superman gets back to Earth we find out that it was all a trick to make Darkseid believe that Kara was dead so he would never attack her again. Then Kara is introduced to pretty much every superhero in the DC Universe as Supergirl.

I thought this was another great story from Jeph Loeb, sometimes I have problems with his stuff, but this was really good. Turner’s art is damn good in this too, I really like how he draws Batman. I have a couple issues with Turner’s style, but it was good for this book. It took me a while to actually sit down and read this book, and now that I have I don’t know what took me so long. There was a lot of things in this book that were different in the movie, and while I can understand why they changed the things they did, the comic is better. Comics will always be better. If you’re like me and you haven’t read this book, probably should. It’s a great story, that’s why they made it into a movie. And you can get your copy at Amazon for $12.41, what a deal!

Ken Zeider
Ken@ComicImpact.com