Posted: February 18, 2018 by Jim Curl

Are you suffering from Supergirl withdrawals yet?  Don’t worry as we’ll have your fix right here while the show is on hiatus.  Over the coming weeks, we’re going to be looking at some of my favorite Supergirl comic stories and I want to start with Supergirl: Being Super.  This is her newest origin story, written by Mariko Tamaki and drawn by Joelle Jones.  This story sets itself apart from the very beginning as it focuses less on heroics and more on Kara Danvers’ development through her teenage years.  Lets dive into issue #1.

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Chapter One: Where Do I Begin?

Kara Danvers appears to be an ordinary American teenager. She lives in the small Midwestern town of Midvale. Her father Jeremiah is an old-fashioned, paranoid but well-meaning farmer. Her mother Eliza is a very loving housewife. Kara’s best friends, Dolly and Jen, know exactly who they are and who they want to become.

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But Kara doesn’t really know who she is or where she came from. Eight years ago, she was discovered by her parents inside a rocket that came from the sky. She doesn’t remember anything about her former life but lately has been having a recurring dream that she believes may be memories coming back.  Kara is not an ordinary girl either as she is massively strong, fast and can fly.  She takes her father’s advice and hides her powers.


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Kara, Dolly and Jen run track together. During practice, their coach gives them solar-powered fitbit bracelets to track their vital signs. Dolly is suspicious about these wristbands but Kara and Jen dismiss her concerns as paranoia.  Soon after putting the bracelet on, Kara’s powers start acting up and begin momentarily failing as her hands begin to glow.

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A few days after Kara’s sixteenth birthday, Midvale is hosting a track meet. As the first race begins, a massive earthquake hits.  Kara is quick to rescue Dolly from danger but panics as she is unable to locate Jen.

That’s the end of the first issue.  I left a lot out because I want you all to go out and pick up this comic, especially if you a fan of the Supergirl TV show.  There is so much more going on in this book and you will also find out what happens when Kryptonian pops a pimple.  It’s a great issue to kick off this series and I can only imagine some of the memories it brings back from our awkward high school years.

Be sure to check back next week as we dive into issue #2.

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