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Supergirl: Being Super (Supergirl: Being Super #1-4)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  291 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
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--shattere ...more
200 pages
Published 2017 by DC Comics
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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 Danvers arrives, as we know, from Krypton, and from ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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: Hold On! - Kara loses someone close to her, plus
James DeSantis
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 gathers already. She's trying to find her place among
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 everything she'd forgotten in the last eight years.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Petition for Mariko Tamaki to write all the comics and Joelle Jones to draw all the comics.

Fantastic through and through.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 most part; coming of age stories always have a warm
Rory Wilding
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 Super, their four-issue miniseries from last year which ...more
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 looking at the old stories, though I loved them as a
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 Batgirl has the dominant characteristic of being smar
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sequential-art

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 geht ums Erwachsenwerden.
Die Geschichte ist sehr emotional
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Really fun origin story—great writing and art!

Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.
Wing Kee
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 written story and the tone and character personal voic
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 powers (and one track coach) are trying to use her a
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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 mysterious past as Kara Zor-El.

This origin story ta
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
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 is quite somber and is dealing with the sudden de
Adam Stone
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: superhero-comics
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 recommend this for anyone looking for a new superhero t
I mean, I would read more of these.
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 and what she stands for. The teen stuff might be a ...more
The Lost Dreamer
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: super-heroines
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 Joelle Jones's drawing: full of tension and emotion
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, comics, e-arc
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 particularly cookie-cuttery. There's also a lot of fa
Heck yeah!

I was never really interested in Superman, and my only real experience with Supergirl was the movie from 1984 (though I was OBSESSED with it in first grade). I was wondering whether or not I'd really dig this beyond its having two of my favorite creators. But the wonderteam of Tamaki and Jones makes this the best new superhero story arc I've read since Ms. Marvel. There's a real story here. The art is striking. I need the next volume to come out NOW.

Many thanks to DC and NetGalley for
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কার কাছে যেন পরশংসা শুনে বইটা শুরু করেছিলাম, আর শেষে ভয়াবহ ভাবে আবারো আশাহত হলাম।

এই এক চেসটা আর কতবার করবে কমিক কোমপানিগুলো?
কোন হিরো একটু জনপরিয় হলেই তার অরিজিন সটোরি নিয়ে টানাটানি শুরু হয়ে যায়, আগের যা কলাসিক জিনিস ছিলো সেটা চেঞজ করে নতুন কিছু নিয়ে আসলেই যেন তাদের উদদেশয সফল। বইটা বা কমিকটা পড়তে আর আগের মত মজার থাকলো কি না সেটা যেন তাদের দেখার বিষয় না আর।
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC via Netgalley. I've been waiting for this to come out in trade format for so long! As expected, Mariko Tamaki's writing is superb and Joelle Jones' art is absolutely gorgeous. (But Dolly Granger, Kara's best friend and a badass dyke born to country music fanatics, was a welcome surprise.) A perfect stand-alone volume for any superheroine enthusiast.
Erica McGillivray
This is such a great retelling of Kara's origin story. Perfect YA situations. The ending wasn't as strong as the rest of the book, but overall, an incredibly solid look at Kara.

(FYI: doesn't match the current TV show. But I don't think TV show fans will be incredibly disappointed.)
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-net-galley
4.5 Stars

I've always been more of a Marvel kind of girl but the recent resurgence of Wonder Woman and Supergirl have piqued my interest enough to make me select this origin story which comprises the first four comics in the 2016-2017 series reboot.

The first thing I have to say about this Supergirl run is how much I love Joëlle Jones's illustrations. They are terrific and give us characters with diversity, including diverse body types, facial expressions that convey emotion, and clear body (non-v
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kara is in the thick of adolescent growing pangs, unsure of her place in the world, like any first world teenager. She’s surrounded by people she loves and who love her in return, but she struggles to connect in a meaningful way. You know… because she can lift tractors with a single hand and fly and stuff. So when her powers start going a little haywire, there’s nowhere to turn for support. Is it some sort of super-puberty? Or is something else going on?

Tamaki’s story is aching and quiet, and J
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, gn, netgalley, ya, sfp
The writing and the art are both great, and will please fans of Supergirl as well as those completely new to the character. Mariko Tamaki's take on Kara makes her feel as human as possible while still doing the whole coming-of-age thing where she discovers how to control her powers, etc. As an origin story, it's not exactly new, but Kara's relationships with her friends and with her parents make this one worth reading.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best Supergirl comic I have ever read.
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Mariko Tamaki is a Toronto writer, playwright, activist and performer. She works and performs with fat activists Pretty Porky and Pissed Off and the theatre troupe TOA, whose recent play, A vs. B, was staged at the 2004 Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Her well-received novel, Cover Me (McGilligan Books) was followed by a short fiction collection, True Lies: The Book of Bad Advice ...more
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