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Supergirl: Being Super

(Supergirl: Being Super #1-4)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,599 ratings  ·  307 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
ebook, 208 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by DC Comics
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Dave 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
Sam Quixote
Being Super is a kind of Earth One-type origin story for Supergirl that’s basically garbage. I’m not that familiar with the character but I’m not sure her origin, as laid out by Mariko Tamaki, is supposed to be quite so derivative of Superman’s: her Kryptonian pod lands at a farm outside a small American town where the kindly childless couple raise her as their own, doing their best to hide her burgeoning superpowers. Sound familiar? There’s even a page where she lifts up a tractor!

Tamaki is si
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I'm not sure if this was supposed to be a Supergirl reboot or an Elseworlds tale, but Tamaki jettisons all the nonsense of the most recent Supergirl Rebirth run by Steve Orlando and gives her Superman's basic origin. (She crash lands here at her parents' farm at age 8 and remembers nothing of Krypton.) It works much better than her previous 1,000 times at being retconned. This is very much a coming of age story. Kara's 16, hiding her powers and hanging out with her friends. When she loses someon ...more
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 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Julie Ehlers
I didn't have high expectations going in, but this was excellent! I want to know what happens next RIGHT NOW. ...more
Stewart Tame
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve been looking forward to reading this Supergirl reboot for a while now. Mariko Tamaki’s work is always worth reading, or at least that's been my experience. That said, this book is decidedly low key.

Kara Danvers lives quietly in the small town of Midvale. She has powers, super strength, flight, etc. but keeps them under wraps. She really doesn't remember her past much before her arrival on earth. She's essentially got Superman’s origin now. It remains to be seen whether the whole bit with Ar
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.
Shannon Appelcline
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
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 all the more blatant by the fact that Kara is a lite
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” and “buttturd” (or something like that) were just odd and took me
Rod Brown
Yet another Supergirl reboot disappoints. Super angsty narration attempts to remind us that Kara is just a 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. ...more
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.
Paz R.M.
Why two stars? The art, mostly, from the characters, to the background, to the colours and covers. The art was the best thing by far. Also I really loved the final page, not the whole ending, just the very last page (view spoiler) ...more
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
L. McCoy
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenaged girls trying to figure out how to deal with life with superpowers.
I gotta confess before we begin, while I don’t think it lessens my comic book reading experience or anything (hell, it may arguably enhance it) I can never see a Kryptonian origin story the same way again.
For those of you who don’t know that is the main character from Brightburn (great movie IMO), a horror parody of Man of Steel. Imagine Michael Myers with Superman’s powers and the kills are the kind of gore you’d expect in a Garth Ennis book so I gotta thank the makers of that because now readi
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels
Fine work! Gorgeous, detailed, warm-hearted pencils (finally, a comics artist who can draw people of different weights and heights and colors and have it feel so lifelike and effortless and kind) and lovely color and excellent framing. A+++ Skilled character development, soothing pacing, TIME SPENT ON GRIEF AND GRIEVING. Interesting story with just enough punching and superheroing. Sure, a bit more time could have been spent on the baddie so she wasn’t reduced to the ‘but it’s doing bad stuff fo ...more
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
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
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Honestly this is one of the only Supergirl comics that have actually liked. I have to hand it to Mariko Tamaki for not letting me down. I have loved her writing for other graphic novels/ comics and she really showed her talent by making a boring character so multidimensional.
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 sma
Supergirl was always a favorite of mine. It might be nostalgia: when I watched the shitty 1984 movie with my dad, I was too young to know it was shitty; I just wanted to be as kick-ass as Supergirl. I even manage to enjoy Melissa Benoist's interpretation for the silly Arrowverse TV show. So when I saw that my favorite Kryptonian had been drawn by my favorite graphic novel artist? I needed it.

I don't think anyone reinvents the wheels with DC superhero comics anymore, and I don't expect that. All
[Graphic Novel, comics 1-4 collected]

Art: 4 stars
Story: 1 to 2 stars

VERDICT: 2.5 stars, mostly for the artwork. The story--which attempts to modernize Kara's origin-- kinda dragged. Not the worst or best Supergirl graphic novel out there. It was just interesting enough to make me curious about the next installment.

If you enjoy seeing Kara messaging her best friends and crying a lot, you'll enjoy this collection (comics 1-4) more than I did. It was somewhat redeemed by the artwork and the final p
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. ...more
Alex Bledsoe
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the cover implies, this is an origin story, but it's one that goes into detail about Kara's pre-Supergirl life as a "typical" midwestern teen, complete with complex friendships (but blissfully free of romance). Kara's got a distinctive narrative voice as well, and I particularly enjoyed her adoptive earth parents, different enough from the Kents to become their own vivid characters. Perhaps it's because it's been done so badly in the past, but I enjoy it tremendously when writers spend time o ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
One of the best Supergirl comics out there, 3+/5

Unfortunately, even this one, drops the ball @ the second half...

The first half is very strong, because Tamaki is a master in YA/Slice of life stories.

Art is wonderful.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, graphic-novel
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. ...more
Really fun origin story—great writing and art!

Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.
Eli Seibert
So this was my first Supergirl book, so I'm not really sure what makes a "good" Kara Danvers story, or what I want out of one.
That being said, this book was entertaining. And that's all I really ask for out of my comics. It had mystery elements that kept me interested and wondering what was going on (Kara's hands glowing, super zit exploding, etc) and all the characters seemed pretty fleshed out and rounded for a four issue story. And Joelle Jones is one of my favorite comic artists, so anything
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
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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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