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Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl (Superman/Batman #2)

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A beautiful, mysterious, powerful teenaged girl speaks Kryptonian and seems to be cousin of Superman. Batman remains suspicious. Wonder Woman wants to train her on the Amazon isle. Will Darkseid recruit her to his bidding by offering freedom of choice? Intro by Loeb, and Kryptonian alphabet translation key.

Collects Superman/Batman #8-13
Paperback, 168 pages
Published September 12th 2005 by DC Comics (first published 2004)
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May 14, 2015 Stephen rated it liked it

The asteroid that Batman destroyed left smaller fragments behind of the radioactive rock called Kryptonite. Since we all know Superman is extremely vulnerable to Kryptonite, Batman dives into the river to investigate it and finds a small space shuttle with nothing. Later, a disturbance takes place on the surface, and there's a young girl with Superman's powers, Batman goes to check the disturbance out and takes her out with a piece of Kryptonite.

Back at the cave it is revealed to be Superman's c
Mar 16, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun! I'm definitely going to have to check out more of the Superman/Batman books! Loeb plays their different personalities off of each other so well, that I couldn't help but smile through the entire thing. Great story about the return of Supergirl, and great artwork. This is definitely not what I'd call a dark comic book. So, if you're in the mood for something light, but filling, then this is a perfect choice!
Matthew Lloyd
Sep 18, 2015 Matthew Lloyd rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books, supergirl, dc
This was part of a mini-re-read of my Supergirl comics when I happened to be at home where they were. I don't know a lot about the history of Supergirl, except what I've read on Wikipedia and in Jeph Loeb's, so I came at this story aware that there had previous Supergirl, but not really knowing how her absence and death had played into the DCU post-Crisis on Infinite Earths. It seems as if Superman has been expecting Kara from Krypton to show up, to the extent (not revealed in this volume) that ...more
Timothy Stone
Nov 20, 2015 Timothy Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, some of the actions of the characters were a bit off to me, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this story. Not just because Supergirl is major fan-service either. It's other areas.

Most notably the leads. Supes and Bats kick major ass here. And Batman, despite being mortal, fearlessly takes a beating from Darkseid, one of the most powerful beings in the entire multiverse, and gets Darkseid to not just not kill him, but to back down.

The story is straight-forward. When Crisis on Infinite Earths o
An Odd1
Sep 30, 2012 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fan
Beyond flimsy comics, this solid shiny gem glows, beckons, laser lights. Friends from forever, cartoon super guardians are better than remembered. Fly in blue sky, visit in country farm, battle in hellish planet. Counting pages annoying.

Naked girl speaks alien language that Superman recognizes and accepts whole-heartedly, but pals Batman remains questioning with reserve belt-buckle weapon, and Wonder Woman continues observing, trains her and protects in background. Sure enough, villain Darkseid
Dec 10, 2011 Tyler rated it it was amazing
This was a nice reintroduction of Supergirl after she had been killed off in 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths. We have a nice relationship between the two of them, as Superman believes himself to be the last son of Krypton, a world he knows nothing about. Now he has a link to his past. Batman, as always, is a nice foil to Superman's very trusting nature, which is why they work so well together.

I suppose my only criticism (besides Krypto--see below) is that there wasn't much Kara/Supergirl. She
Nov 16, 2013 Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
That's more like it! After a so-so Superman/Batman, Vol. 1: Public Enemies (see my review), Jeph Loeb foregoes the cheap stunts that 12-year olds go for and, even though it's still appropriate for younger readers, this is a book that adults can enjoy as well. One thing that Loeb is still big on, however, are the parallel interior monologues of Superman and Batman, which can get tedious.

The original (and true) Supergirl got killed off in Crisis on Infinite Earths back in the mid-80's and this sto
Jan 23, 2014 คุกกี้ rated it it was amazing
A comic book packed with expressive heart-felt actions panels that worth the money for that "punch for punch" epic fight under the sun alone.

This is a book meant to reintroduce Supergirl back into the continuity after she was killed in the first crisis. Being a Supe/Bat duo book, you could see the inner-thought boxes labels for their respective thinker, which is very nice and provide good dynamics between their differences.

The story itself is conveyed in a very easy narrative. One could really
Mar 26, 2008 Ren rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Older Middle School students and above
Shelves: all-dc
It was the art that caught my eye. And then the fact that I had never read anything about Supergirl before and that it was by Jeph Loeb. That helped too. I couldn't have choosen a better book to start me off learning about Superman's cousin.

Ignoring the previous incarnations of Supergirl and leaving them back with Crises of Infinite Earths, Batman/Superman Vol. 2 brings to light the classic ideal that Supergirl was Superman's cousin in a modern and totally original way. She's young, a bit confus
Oct 21, 2010 Nick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Featuring the only interior work Michael Turner ever really did for a major DC story, Superman/Batman: Supergirl is a wonderful retelling, that doesn't spend too much time retconning the muddled history of the Maid of Might, but instead delves into her character and connection to everyone's favorite blue boy scout. It's this human connection between Kal and Kara that drives this story of two aliens looking for compassion in their adopted home. Loeb's characterization is spot-on, easily finding b ...more
Jul 09, 2014 Earl rated it liked it
[Let it be known first that I read this after watching that "Batman/Superman" animated movie that DC and Warner made a few years back]

I can say that this six-issue story is just alright. There is a healthy mix of Batman and Superman, of skepticism and concern. Kara Zor-El comes off as a quite confused metahuman, trying to find her place (still, Power Girl over this Kara!). And then here comes Darkseid, the Furies, and the involvement of Big Barda (too bad Mister Miracle isn't on this one!).

May 13, 2013 Jay rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Superman/Batman volume 2: Supergirl by Jeph Loeb and the late Michael Turner was such a fantastic six-issue / trade paperback read and the art in this book was absolutely beautiful.

This story starts off with Batman finding kryptonite underwater and also discovers a space rocket with markings similar to Superman's symbol. Turns out that the person previously in the spacecraft escapes and ends up in a state of culture shock and cannot communicate with anyone. Until she meets up with Superman and b
Apr 16, 2013 Beckiezra rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
At first I really liked the art, something about the lines, I just loved the way Batman looked in his lab, but then it started to bother me. The girls looked good but the guy's faces were weirdly deformed in a way that became more off putting as I went on.

I already knew the story from seeing the cartoon version so there wasn't anything unexpected. I still love the way it switches between Superman and Batman's thoughts (though Superman was awfully moody this time). I wish I was dedicated enough t
Luis Reséndiz
Mar 06, 2016 Luis Reséndiz rated it it was ok
me gustó más la película que el cómic, pero lo que de verdad me gustó más fue la historia de "cómo conoció batman a superman" de jeph loeb y tim sale.

esa historia ocupa dos páginas de un volumen de 168. en fin.
Jerry Daniels
Jul 03, 2010 Jerry Daniels rated it really liked it
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Loneliness can make one vulnerable to deception if precaution is not considered. Upon finding a companion or some of like nature, that loneliness can also cause one to be possessive and somewhat controlling. Such is the case with Superman after Batman discovers a mysterious wreckage at the bottom of Gotham Bay and a young woman with powers like Superman. Having viewed himself as the sole survivor Krypton, Superman takes immediate steps to take the girl under his wing only to find thereafter that ...more
J.M. Hushour
Feb 21, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it really liked it
I didn't know Supergirl had been neatly excised from the DC universe until the always awesome Jeph Loeb brought her back in this story. A Kryptonite meteor explodes over Earth. Batman finds a part of it in Gotham harbor...and a spaceship! Then a weird naked girl appears in Gotham City impervious to bullets and flying around and shit. A naive Superman welcomes the discovery of someone else from his dead homeworld. A more practical Batman is suspicious to the point of roping in the old standby Won ...more
Jeremy Baker
Aug 02, 2008 Jeremy Baker rated it it was amazing
This is one of the few non Poison Elves comics I own, and the only reason I looked at it in the first place was Michael Turner's superb illustrations.

Michael Turner unfortunately passed away a few months ago after a long battle with cancer, but I was happy to have met him briefly at a con in Philadelphia two years ago (2006). He signed a Fathom comic for one of my friends who couldn't make the con, and was nice enough to speak to another of my friends (who lives in Florida, and has pretty much i
Victor Orozco
Sep 20, 2013 Victor Orozco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good story. When I learned that they were going to bring back the Supergirl as Kara the Cousin of Superman I was overjoyed. I always loved that Clark was the Last Son of Krypton, not the Last Child of Krypton. So it was only fitting the Last Daughter of Krypton appear in the post-Crisis version. I loved the art, but I disliked how this became a World's Finest Story and not a single Superman oriented adventure. Plus I disliked this Supergirl because of her bad attitude and missed the more fr ...more
Feb 21, 2015 Cia rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-for-lit, comics
However old this may be, this comic pretty much signifies everything that is, and has been, wrong with the mainstream comic industry. It's so sexist. Here we have the origin story of Supergirl...Yet none of it is even from her point of view- it's all Batman and Superman. Okay, it's technically a Batman/Superman title, but why in the name of all things green and kryptonite-esque would you NOT stick a *teeny* bit of monologue from the young alien who has crash-landed on a new world? Hell, why not ...more
Aug 20, 2014 Cameron rated it really liked it
I liked this one, but I had a few issues with it. Sometimes I feel as though Jeph Loeb over wrote this one just a tad. I found it a bit confusing listening to a monologue from both superman and batman, all the while listening to a four-way conversation between Supes, bats , wonder woman and Supergirl. I also felt like the monologuing sometimes got in the way of the action. Monologues usually work to compliment an action scene by slowing the reader down, but sometimes its nice and more exciting t ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Brad rated it did not like it
One-and-a-half stars. This book wins points for Superman and Batman's relationship, but most of the book was not for me.

In this volume, an interesting and simple premise (the different ways Superman and Batman react to the unexpected arrival of another being from Krypton) is bogged down by the inclusion of an enormous cast of characters from the DC Universe, most of which I was unfamiliar with.

While the sometimes good cop/bad cop feel of Superman and Batman's partnership can feel cheesy, this bo
John Mccubbin
Sep 02, 2014 John Mccubbin rated it it was amazing
This was a phenomenal story, and although there isn't much between this and Public Enemies I'd probably say that this was ever so slightly better. Jeph Loeb did an amazing job of continuing from the high level of excitement that he produced in Public Enemies, giving us yet another very unique and exciting story that tied in brilliantly with the events of Public Enemies, whilst also making it very new reader friendly. Loeb also did a great job of the character development in this story, as due to ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Rattoni rated it liked it
Turners art is really good, the colors are also amazing, the underwater, space, and figting sceens really take advantage of the computer color techniques. The story is kind of loose. Probably the most interesting parts are the intospections that superman and batman have. In the end things tend to be solved quite easily,

This was done into a movie, which is quite bad. They kept the artistic style of Turner, but change some things of the script that does not help at all.
Ricky Ganci
Jun 13, 2015 Ricky Ganci rated it it was amazing
There's a familiarity to great comic book stories--you sort of know when you're reading one, even early on. The story is plotted just so, the art is detailed and is a seamless complement to the plot, and, like any good novel or movie, you lose sense of time that's passing while you're reading. This is one of those stories.

It has a sort of easiness to its telling, as Loeb and Turner sure make a sort of dream team--both the voices and the character models that they co-create for this story in Batm
Jul 30, 2014 Booey rated it it was amazing
One of my absolute favorite graphic novels. Amazing story by Jeph Loeb and the art...oh the art of Michael Turner. It is just fantastic. This book has everything any one could want, Superman and Batman bantering,Kryptonian glyphs you have to translate, a beautiful and fierce depiction of Wonder Woman, bickering between the heroes, the Furies, Granny Goodness, Apokolips, and Darkseid. Seriously, if you like DC heroes at all, this is a must-read.
An interesting origin story for Supergirl I think the New 52 is doing a better job at capturing the disorientation of waking up on a new world with new found powers and your entire life before destroyed. Her distrust of Superman seems far more accurate and her difficulty adjusting authentic, whereas this story seems like an oversimplified cutesy handling of what would be a life shattering revelation. Not a bad read but rather predictable.

Sarah Toth
Aug 16, 2013 Sarah Toth rated it really liked it
I really liked the plot line for this book. The introduction of Supergirl was a really neat concept for volume 2 and also had a good change up with using Darkseid as the villain rather than Lex Luthor. The only problem I had with this book is that I wish they would've made the story a little bit longer. I feel like it progressed too quickly and was a little rushed in order to meet the same, short length as volume 1.
Feb 25, 2013 Sean rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Jeph Loeb and the late Michael Turner collaborated and gave us one of the best looking and non-confusing Supergirl tale. Loeb, who has always understood DC continuity gives a fresh comic book realistic take on Kara and Kal's lineage. The addition of Amazonians and Darkseid along with Big Barda was great. I always enjoy seeing the alternating inner monologues by Bruce and Clark. The art was stunning. Overall, a fantastic read.
Robert Patriana
After watching Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, I decided to read the comics it was based on. I loved the art, the reintroduction of Supergirl was a joy for me. But comparing it to the movie, it seemed somewhat lackluster. The fight with the Doomsday clones seemed cool, but I was disappointed with how some battles felt rushed. Wonder Woman and Barda's fight with the furies was not as action packed as in the movie, and the Furies fight with Precious was like not even a fight, more or less an intro, t ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
Overall, I was underwhelmed by this volume of the Superman/Batman series. The story is simplistic, and the art is mixed. Many of the scenes set on Apokolips are fantastic and the coloring is fantastic. On the other hand, Turner only seemed to be able to draw one type of female figure--the only real difference between them is the size of their breasts and how high their cheekbones are...
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Joseph "Jeph" Loeb III is an Emmy and WGA nominated American film and television writer, producer and award-winning comic book writer. Loeb was a Co-Executive Producer on the NBC hit show Heroes, and formerly a producer/writer on the TV series Smallville and Lost.

A four-time Eisner Award winner and five-time Wizard Fan Awards winner (see below), Loeb's comic book career includes work on many major
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