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Kara-Zor-El is the heroine known as Supergirl. Born on Krypton to Superman's uncle and aunt, Kara was rocketed to Earth by her father to save her life. Supergirl was adopted by the Danvers and became the protector of National City. In her secret identity she is Kara Danvers, a run-on-the-mill high-schooler. Possessing vast powers given by her Kryptonian physiology, Supergirl is one of the most powerful heroes in the world, and has been a member of the Justice League and the Red Lantern Corps.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Origins and Early Life
- 1.2 New 52
- 1.2.1 Arrival on Earth
- 1.2.2 Meeting Silver Banshee and Superboy
- 1.2.3 Sanctuary
- 1.2.4 H'el on Earth
- 1.2.5 Supergirl and Power Girl
- 1.2.6 I'noxia and Cyborg Superman
- 1.2.7 Krypton Returns
- 1.2.8 Red Daughter of Krypton
- 1.2.9 Superman: Doomed
- 1.2.10 Red Lanterns: Atrocities
- 1.2.11 Supergirl and the Justice League
- 1.2.12 Convergence
- 1.2.13 Crucible
- 1.2.14 Final Days of Superman
- 1.3 Rebirth
- 2 Powers and Abilities
- 3 Paraphernalia
- 4 Notes
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Recommended Reading
- 7 Related
Origins and Early Life
New 52 Origin
Kara was born on Argo City to Zor-El and Alura In-Ze. When she was fifteen, her cousin Kal-El was born. Around that time, her father distanced himself from her uncle Jor-El after Jor-El expressed his disapproval at his brother's biological experiments. Not caring for their feud, Kara kept on babysitting her baby cousin while studying for her graduation trials.
A few months later, Kara accompanied her father to his lab. There, Zor-El showed her a space pod where he put her to sleep. As Kara lost consciousness, Zor-El stated Jor-El was right about Krypton being doomed, and he had built a rocket to save her. Ignoring her protestations, Zor-El placed Kara in her vessel together with a Sunstone recording his last words, and launched her into space right before Krypton's explosion.
Kara's rocket reached the Solar System, and per its programming, it spent two decades orbiting the Earth's sun as its passenger remained in stasis.
Following the cosmic upheavals of the Rebirth period, this character's history was revised.
Kara was born in Argo City to Zor-El and Alura In-Ze. During Kara's naming ceremony, her uncle Kru-El attempted to kill her father and her uncle, Jor-El, intending to take control of the House of El for himself. However, the attempt was not successful, and Kru-El was arrested before being sentenced to the Phantom Zone.
As she grew, Kara developed a keen interest in history. As such, she became an avid student of the teacher and historian Catar-Ol.
Argo City survived Krypton's destruction as a result of the efforts of her father, though many of its citizens perished. Though her mother Alura survived the initial destruction, she was eventually as a result radiation poisoning as the minerals in the soil beneath Argo slowly became Kryptonite. Ever the scientist, Zor-El created a solution; he would mass-produce lead shields and spread them over every inch of exposed land in Argo. Every hand was required to complete this massive task, including Kara's. The task was long and ardous, and by its completion, only five thousand citizens survived out of the initial eighteen thousand, and many who survived were still slowly dying of radiation exposure from before the lead shield was completed.
In the next year, she continued to survive in the slowly dying city, living a relatively solitary life. However, as stellar debris hit the exterior of the unsteerable Argo, it penetrated the city's air bubble, and asteroid fragments rained down on the city, penetrating the lead shield they had struggled so hard to build, dooming the survivors of Argo.
Desperate, her father salvaged what was left of the lead shield and his own creations and built a rocket capable of carrying a singular passenger, and used it to send his daughter out into the cosmos, leaving her as the the sole known survivor of Argo.
Kara eventually arrived on Earth at some point during the early years of her cousin Kal-El's career as Superman.
When her cousin was injected with a chemical cocktail of red kryptonite isotopes, it was briefly suggested that she be called in to help, but it was feared that she, too, could be exposed.  Later, after Superman was cured by the Doom Patrol and the attack traced back to the legend of an ancient Chinese warlord, the Devil Nezha, Kara was contacted. Together, she and Robin were sent back in time to contact the House of Ji, who had defeated Nezha in their time.
They sucessfully arrived in the correct time, and were able to find the House of Ji with relative ease. However, as they carried Nezha's sword, the House of Ji mistook them for servants of Nezha, and confronted them nearly immediately.
At some point, she met and befriended Biron, a centaur who was forced into the shape of a horse by a magic spell. 
Arrival on Earth
After a while, Kara's pod crash-landed in Siberia. Kara stumbled from her craft only to be suddenly surrounded by gigantic armed robots who began trying to subdue her. Kara instinctively fought back, displaying powers she didn't know she had when Superman showed up all of sudden.
Confused about her current situation, her strange powers, and the arrival of a stranger wearing her family's crest, Kara demanded to know who he was. When Superman identified himself as her cousin Kal-El, Kara became enraged, thinking he was an impostor, and she attacked Superman. The two exchanged blows all the way from Siberia to the Great Wall of China, where Kara realized her fight was endangering the people nearby. She stopped fighting and agreed to listen to Superman.
Nonetheless, Kara refused to believe him when he told Krypton had been gone for decades. Kara flew back to Siberia, hoping her pod held some clues, but she found instead a holographic message from a man called Symon Tycho inviting her to his space station. Kara flew to the space station only to find out it was a trap designed to test her abilities. Kara destroyed Tycho's weapons and found her pod, but she was weakened by chunks of Green Kryptonite stuck to the hull.
Kara was captured by Tycho, who intended to tear her apart in order to study her physiology. However, he was overheard by one of his employees, who broke Kara out. Kara fought her way out of Tycho space station and retrieved the Sunstone he had stolen. Unfortunately, it was too damaged to provide answers. Feeling hopeless, Kara wondered if her new powers would allow her to fly back Krypton.
Kara left Earth, heading for her home-world. On the way, the Sunstone led her to a spatial portal which took her back to her hometown Argo City, now a deserted city protected by a bubble shield and orbiting a blue star. Exploring the ruins, Kara finally confirmed that Krypton was gone and her family and friends dead. Overwhelmed by grief and fury, she cried out and started to tear the city up. Her rampage was stopped by a mysterious woman named Reign, who claimed to be a worldkiller. Reign defeated Kara, pinning her to a wall and left, challenging Kara to follow her back to Earth.
Despite her weakened state, Kara managed to break free and fly back to Earth to fight Reign, who was leveling New York City in the meantime. Kara engaged Reign, but the Worldkiller revealed she had three partners.
After a tough, exhausting battle Kara won against all odds, beating the worldkillers back. Before leaving, though, Reign warned Kara that she would return one day... and there was a fifth Worldkiller she hadn't met yet.
Following the cosmic upheavals of the Rebirth period, this character's history was revised. While some of these events may have occurred, Kara arrived on Earth much earlier in current continuity.
Meeting Silver Banshee and Superboy
Main article: Supergirl: Girl in the World (Collected)
Later, Kara met Siobhan Smythe, an Irish girl with a gift for language and music. Both girls befriended each other quickly, and Siobhan offered to help Kara, letting her stay in her apartment for a while.
Siobhan decided to bring Kara to listen to music at a club. While at the club, both girls were attacked by Siobhan's father, a villain known as Black Banshee. Being a magic creature, Black Banshee hurt Kara, forcing Siobhan to transform into Silver Banshee in order to stop him.
Kara and Siobhan faced the Black Banshee together, but Kara had no choice but to let Black Banshee absorb her in order to fight him. Supergirl managed to defeat Black Banshee and rescue Thomas, Siobhan's older brother who had been previously absorbed by Black Banshee.
A while later Kara met Superboy when she was taking some time by herself. They talked, but when she learned about him being a clone, she attacked, believing him to be evil. However, she stopped when she realized that Superboy didn't know that Kryptonian clones were mindless killing machines. Seeing Superboy that wasn't evil, Kara protected him from police attack and opted to leave him alone, going to confront Kal about Kon.
Upon arriving in Metropolis, Kara had to battle a Superman duplicate to protect the city. Kara fought valiantly, but the fake Superman gained the upper hand and beat Kara up. Their battle got interrupted when the real Superman showed up and managed to defeat the imposter. Kara congratulated her cousin and questioned him about Superboy, but Kal explained he didn't know anything about Superboy.
While having lunch with Tom Smythe at a cafe, Kara was attacked by a humanoid blob. She fought and won, but the fact that it was able to find her when she was dressed in plain clothes worried her. Kara left Siobhan and Tom for their own safety and to find out who was attacking her.
Kara brought the remains of her attacker to Superman, and using the technology in his Fortress of Solitude, they tracked the signal that was controlling the nano-machine man back to its source, miles beneath the ocean. Superman offered his assistance, but Kara still didn't fully trust him, turning down his offer to help yet again, leaving to find whoever was attacking her.
Exploring the ocean floor, Kara found a Kryptonian sanctuary, created by a fragment of her pod. She also found out Simon Tycho had invaded her Sanctuary of Solitude and was the one was behind the attacks. Kara battled him and locked him away in a crystal prison, claiming her underwater base.
In order to achieve his plan to bring Krypton back, H'el tricked Kara into helping him, promising to save Krypton and claiming that Earth would not suffer. Kara helped him, even going so far as to battle her cousin, Superboy, the Flash and Wonder Woman until she found out that H'el actually planned to destroy Earth to bring Krypton back. Horrified, Kara turned against him. During the final battle, she stabbed him in the chest with a shard of Kryptonite, saving the planet.
Kara collapsed afterward, muttering that she couldn't "leave things to her baby cousin". Superman held her in his arms carrying her to safety.
Supergirl and Power Girl
Main article: Supergirl: Sanctuary (Collected)
Her ordeal with H'el left Kara with a severe case of Kryptonite poisoning.
Kara went to Dr. Shay Veritas to help, but she grew impatient and left during a battery of tests. On her way back, Kara was attacked by an alien woman made of lava  (who previously had attacked Superboy ). The lava woman defeated Kara, but fled when the US Army came along. The soldiers were about to take an unconscious Kara with them, when Power Girl showed up and rescued her alternate self.
Both girls fought the army and an agent of Lex Luthor named Appex. Supergirl and Power Girl won the battle, but Kara fainted again, and Power Girl took her to Sanctuary to heal. Unfortunately, the Sanctuary's AI went crazy and tried to kill Kara, forcing both heroines to blow it up.
I'noxia and Cyborg Superman
Main article: Supergirl: Out of the Past (Collected)
Believing that no one could heal her illness, Kara left Earth to die alone.
Cyborg Superman pretended to be a friend before revealing his true intentions: using Kara's flesh to reconstitute his own body and restore his memory. Kara fought hard and desperately but he won. Kara's body was dissolved and her soul was forcefully integrated into the I'noxian mind-hive as her flesh was used to reconstruct Cyborg Superman's body. Cyborg Superman got his memories back remembering he was Kara's father.
Horrified, Zor-El rebuilt Kara's body -who was meanwhile tearing down the I'noxian's collective consciousness-, turning himself back into the Cyborg Superman. While he and Brainiac -who had come to check on his pawn- fought, Supergirl and the I'noxian collective escaped undetected.
Kara helped Superman and Superboy to ruin Hel's plans to bring Krypton back to life, an act which would alter the time line and destroy the universe.
Supergirl traveled to the Battle of the Sky Core during the Great War in order to prevent a clone insurrection and defeated H'el in that timeline. For his part, Superboy was sent to Argo City, a few days before Krypton's destruction, and protected Kara Zor-El from H'El.
Kara and Kal reunited in the present after fulfilling their respective missions. There, they learned Superboy didn't make it. Mourning his loss, they returned to Earth.
After several months of endless battles during which Kara never dealt with her survivor guilt and feelings of loss and loneliness, and believing she had been manipulated, betrayed or let down by everybody she met, Kara was on the verge of a breakdown.
While visiting Dr. Veritas, The Block was attacked by Lobo.. Kara initially tried to talk him down, but he exploited her friendliness to hurt her. Feeling angrier than ever, Supergirl decided she was done with being civil. They fought, and Lobo taunted Kara during the whole battle until she exploded, and her long-repressed, unleashed fury acted like a magnet to a Red Power Ring.
After a brief scuffle with Silver Banshee, a barely coherent and enraged Kara flew into space so that she didn't hurt anybody. Found by a pair of Green Lanterns, Kara was taken to Ysmault by Hal Jordan  and dunked into the Blood Ocean. After getting her sanity back, Kara joined the Red Lantern Corps of Guy Gardner.
Ironically, joining the Rage Lanterns helped Kara get over her anger and isolation issues, and gain emotional stability. She fought alongside the Red Lanterns for a while, battling the Diasporans  and Atrocitus' splinter cell  However Guy kicked her out of the team, unwilling to let her get killed by Atrocitus.
with her Red Lantern tenure over, Kara decided to come back to Earth. She was reentering Solar System when she was attacked by the Diasporan army. Although the Diasporans tried their best to capture her, Kara beat them and engaged the Diasporan leader, who revealed he was the last Worldkiller. A parasitic being, the Worldkiller tried to bond with Kara and take over her body. Kara hurled herself into the Sun to destroy it, but when her attempt failed, she removed her Red Ring. Such action should have killed her, but the Sun restarted her heart and granted her a power boost which allowed her to destroy the last Worldkiller once and for all.
Free from the Red Ring and the accompanying all-consuming anger and confusion clouding her mind, Kara realized Earth could become her new home after all, and headed for the planet.
Before being kicked out of the team, Kara and her Red Lantern allies tried to stop Superman, who had been infected with a virus that was turning him into a rampaging monster, but Kal-El  fought them off. So she tried a different tactic, showing her cousin he could harness his anger to protect the galaxy, as she had done.
After ridding herself of the Red Ring, Kara returned to Earth and helped out to rescue people trapped or hurt owing to the energy-draining Brainiac's attack. In the process, she saved the parents of Michael, a crippled boy she had a brief relationship with.
Shortly after she spotted Superman when he was returning to Earth and caught him when he got hit by an energy pulse that sent him plummeting through the atmosphere. Finally, Kara saved Batman from Cyborg Superman, defeating him conclusively.
Shortly after Kara left the Red Lanterns, Atrocitus invaded Earth. Kara took part in the battle, helping her ex-team out  and keeping an army of newly-created Red Lanterns at bay while Guy took the fight to Atrocitus.
Remarkably, she had the opportunity to seize a new Red Ring but she turned it down, arguing that she had let her anger go.
Supergirl and the Justice League
Main article: Justice League United Vol 1
After being released from the Red Ring, Supergirl listened to a distant cry for help across the galaxy. Kara streaked through the space to help several Leaguers solve a case. Kara joined the new Justice League along with Martian Manhunter, Stargirl, Green Arrow, Animal Man, Hawkman, Equinox, Adam Strange and Alanna Strange to deal with Infinitus and other threats.
While several alternate Supergirls fought in the Convergence planet, Kara joined the heroes working to save the universe. However, when Telos manifested in their universe, most of the heroes fled. Only Kal and Kara stayed behind to watch, holding hands and hoping for the best.
After her ordeals with the Red Lanterns, Super-Doom and Brainiac, Kara decided to make an effort to adapt to Earth. She started working as barista in New York and dated Michael. During a heart-to-heart conversation with her cousin, she stated that Earth was her home now and she wanted to live among the people she was protecting.
Shortly later she was transported away to Crucible Academy, an intergalactic organization that trains heroes. Kara agreed to undergo training, and after helping to uncover a conspiracy to take over the school, she graduated and returned to Earth.
After returning, though, she realized her powers were suddenly gone.
She still tried to help people until she lost most of her powers. Then she was approached by Director Cameron Chase, who offered to help her get her powers back if Kara joined the D.E.O.. Kara agreed, leaving New York City and the Justice League with no explanation -albeit she retained "reserve member" status- and moving to National City.
A few weeks later Superman sought Supergirl out to reveal he was dying, tell her his Fortress belonged to her now and ask her to consider protecting Earth after he was gone. Shedding a tear, Kara accepted.
Later, while she was undergoing treatment to restore her powers, Kara heard her cousin was in danger. She told her new foster parents to let her go, and streaked off.
As a last-ditch effort to restore her powers, the D.E.O. built a space rocket and sent Kara into the Sun. The intense charge of solar energy managed restore Supergirl's powers, and she flew back to Earth just in time to save the D.E.O. from a Kryptonian werewolf called Lar-On who escaped from the Phantom Zone accidentally.
While Kara tried to adapt to her new life and new parents after her cousin's death, Cyborg Superman returned, revealing his true identity to Kara and vowing to make her happy by bringing Argo City back to life... even if he had to sacrifice Earth in the process. He refused to listen when Kara tried to dissuade him from that course of action, forcing her daughter to fight him. Kara managed to disable his cybernetic body, and after expressing regret at his inability to ask her help to save Argo, Kara hugged him and vowed to help him go back to being the man he was.
After putting a stop to Cyborg Superman, Supergirl and the D.E.O. worked on finding the cause of Lar-On's transformation in order to cure him.
A few days later, Superman visited Supergirl and invited her over to celebrate a Kryptonian celebration called "Day of Truth". Kara was thrilled to finally talk to her family and speak to her second cousin Jonathan. Afterwards, Clark revealed Kara that he and Lois were whole again after being split by an unknown but immensely powerful enemy, and history was changed in the process. Kara stated she would always be there for him, and promised to help him fight whoever threatened him.
After listening to the telepathic messages of an alleged Kryptonian imprisoned by Project Cadmus called Gayle Marsh (Psi), Kara enlisted Batgirl's help to break into a Cadmus black site. Although it was revealed Gayle wasn't Kryptonian but she was trying to find a way to travel to the Phantom Zone, Supergirl and Batgirl became friends during that case.
Several days after her meeting with Kal, Supergirl had to attend a clean energy expo sponsored by TychoTech, Simon Tycho's old firm. TychoTech stole Kryptonian dangerous techonology from the D.E.O. and created a device powered by energy siphoned from Phantom Zone. Supergirl needed to be in the event to make sure that nobody got hurt. Kara met Barbara Gordon before the unveiling and recognized her right away. Magog attacked Supergirl during the ceremony and their battle broke the device down. Both Batgirl and Supergirl were thrown into the Phantom Zone.
There they were captured by Xa-Du, the Phantom Zone's first inmate. Xa-Du had captured Psi, intending to coerce her into opening a rift to escape from the Zone, but she encased herself into a psionic bubble. So Xa-Du was boiling other Phantom Zoners over and turning their souls into fuel for his armor in order to make himself powerful enough to break her shell. Batgirl and Supergirl managed to escape, and Batgirl faced Xa-Du while Supergirl reached Psi out. Both girls managed to defeat the villain and Psi sent them back home. After their adventure, Barbara and Kara praised each other, and Barbara stated Kara could ask her help whenever she needed her.
In the meantime, Emerald Empress got to build a team to destroy Supergirl.
Hank Henshaw, turned back into Cyborg Superman, and five other Superman enemies -Zod, Mongul, Metallo, Eradicator and Blanque- allied themselves to destroy the Man of Steel. Blinded and cornered, Kal-El took his wife and son to the Fortress, sent his cousin a distress call and tried to fight the six villains at once. The Superman Revenge Squad was about to kill him when Supergirl swooped down and took her cousin away.
The Superman Family and the Revenge Squad battled. Kara fought Cyborg Superman, but when Zod appeared to blow up Lois and Jon's escape ship, Supergirl got utterly mad and attacked him. Unfortunately, he smashed her into the ground. Zod sent the rest of the Superman Family to the Zone and decided to kill the last member of the House of El, but Superboy -riding a Kryptonian battle suit- distracted Zod long enough for Kara recovering. During the battle Supergirl struck Zod and bashed Metallo. However, Zod managed to get his own family out of the Zone and leaving Earth together with them. After the battle, Superman and Supergirl freed the Superman Family but agreed to leave Cyborg Superman in there.
In order to destroy the Girl of Steel and erase her legacy, they scrambled her powers and leaked that her father was Cyborg Superman and was put under her custody. Although the Fatal Five were defeated and the Emerald Empress sent back to the future, the National City townsfolk stopped trusting Supergirl, Catherine Grant started campaigning against the young hero, and the D.E.O. cut ties with her to save face. Kara's adoptive parents quit their jobs and the whole family moved out, but Supergirl was determined to keep protecting National City, unaware that Mister Bones is plotting against her and Mister Oz mercy-killed her father.
Shortly after cutting ties with the D.E.O., Supergirl helped stop Superwoman when the latter went on a rampage. After calm Lana down, Kara helped her get a friend of hers infected with Red Kryptonite back to normal. Then both women were attacked by an Almeracian soldier looking to claim the "Maxima" name, but the real Maxima joined them in bringing the pretender down.
Although the Fatal Five were defeated, their actions left Supergirl in a very precarious situation. In order to control her overwhelming powers, Kara visited Kong Kenan and his master I-Ching per Superman's advice. I-Ching taught Kara meditation routines to bring her powers under control, which came in handy when Supergirl and the Chinese Super-Man headed to Mongolia to solve a conflict between a Rocket Red Brigade member and several frightened civilians.
Nonetheless, Supergirl was facing bigger troubles. She was considered dangerous and untrustworthy by the National City's residents, who couldn't forget her father was the Cyborg Superman. Director Bones had taken direct control of the D.E.O.'s National City branch and was determined to get dangerous parahumans like Supergirl under control. As his agents patrolled the schools, searching for clues to discover her secret identity, search-and-capture squads were deployed every time Supergirl intervened to save lives. At the same time, Kara Danvers' boss Cat Grant, who also felt betrayed by the Cyborg Superman's business, was campaigning against her. Chased by the D.E.O. and hated by the townsfolk, Kara briefly wondered if she should bother with a secret identity despite her parents' asking her to lay low for a while.
Mister Bones started to send out mind-controlled parahumans after her: Strange Visitor, Deceilia, and the Evolutionist. Nonetheless, all of them were talked down or beaten down by Supergirl, who guessed the DEO was after them and Bones was being helped by some expert in mind-controlling and brainwashing.
Working jointly, Cameron Chase, Shay Veritas and Lar-On discovered Bones was working with, and being manipulated by, Mokkari. Mokkari captured Shay straight after she found out about his schemes, forcing Kara and her allies to go on the attack after a failed attempt to reason with Bones on Cameron's part. As Supergirl confronted Bones and Mokkari -at the same time saving their lives from an overzealous metahuman-, Cameron and Lar broke into the DEO's base, rescued Chase and hacked in the database, sending all information regarding Mister Bones's dirty dealings to Benjamin Rubel, who had decided to help Supergirl after talking to people saved by the Girl of Steel. Ben spread the data through the CatCo Worldwide Media's app, ruining Bones' reputation.
At the end, Supergirl delivered a public speech, stating she wasn't perfect and she would always make mistakes, but she promised to work for earning everybody's trust.
Main article: Justice League: No Justice Vol 1
When the Source Wall got cracked and several Justice League teams left to save Colu from the Omega Titans, Supergirl and Green Arrow remained on Earth. However, Supergirl found the Titans had arrived on Earth first when she was leaving the Earth's atmosphere.
The Dark Gods
As a mysterious insanity made people across the world swear off their old gods and riot violently while proclaiming the coming of "the dark gods", Supergirl was mind-controlled into attacking Wonder Woman. Both women battled across the skies of Washington, D.C. until Wonder Woman ensnared Supergirl in her Lasso of Truth and commanded Kara to tell her everything she knew about the dark gods. Instead, Supergirl blacked out and collapsed.
Supergirl came around later, mercifully free from mind control, and found the dark gods had already arrived, and one of them was pummelling an armored man mercilessly. Supergirl knocked Savage Fire with a double fist attack but her magic aura weakened the Girl of Steel. As Savage Fire vanished, Wonder Woman's brother Jason helped Supergirl land safely and introduced himself. Supergirl, Jason and the Justice League decided to approach the leader of the dark gods, King Best, who was standing still. Unfortunately, King Best absorbed their combined might when they came near him and wished them away.
Later, she heard the Fortress of Solitude's alarm and headed to the place. She became horrified when she found the base demolished and the Bottle City of Kandor smashed. Kara and Kal - who had arrived first - were deeply upset and headed out to find the culprit. Supergirl first went back to National City to check on her family and friends and then headed towards Metropolis to meet with her cousin, who was already under attack by an unknown alien calling himself Rogol Zaar. Rogol Zaar claimed to have been the destructor of Krypton and had sworn to cleanse the universe of all Kryptonians.
Kara and Kal attacked right away, the former blind with rage, but not even their combined might was enough to stop Rogol. Rogol Zaar knocked Supergirl away, blasted Superman down and was about to run his axe through the Man of Steel when the incoming arrival of Green Lantern caused him to run away mysteriously. Supergirl decided to fly off and look for Rogol.
Supergirl made a stop at the Fortress to clean up the mess and retrieved an undamaged Phantom Zone Projector. Back on Metropolis, Supergirl was busy searching for her now missing cousin and saving people when she was approached by the Justice League, already aware of Rogol Zaar's crimes. As Wonder Woman tried to reassure her, Supergirl realized Superman would want to take Rogol off world. A quick telescopic scan confirmed her cousin was lying on the Moon, unconscious and badly wounded. Kara retrieved Kal and took him to the Hall of Justice where he received medical treatment. Suddenly, Superman realized where Rogol Zaar was hiding, and bolted out, leaving his dejected cousin behind.
Unwilling to be left behind or protected, Supergirl picked up the Phantom Zone Projector and when she spotted Superman and Rogol Zaar battling beyond the atmosphere, joined the fight and sent Rogol into the Zone. When her cousin argued they couldn't toss every trouble into the Phantom Zone, Kara agreed, but said that monster deserved the punishment as far as she and Kryptonian law were concerned.
Later, Kara and Kal were building a memorial for Kandor. Since they knew nothing about Rogol other than his claims of destroying Krypton, Supergirl decided to leave Earth for a short while in order to investigate.
The Killers of Krypton
Supergirl set out to find out the truth about Rogol Zaar's claims in spite of her cousin begging her to take a breath and stay with him. She believed she had put her pain and anger to rest, but Rogol's actions and words brought her post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor's guilt back to the forefront. Kara got Hal Jordan to scan Rogol's battleaxe and confirmed that someone powerful who doesn't want to be found was behind Rogol's actions and hiding the truth about Krypton. Determined to get answers, Kara built a spaceship, donned a solar collector suit and took off towards Mogo, accompanied by Krypto.
Shortly after arriving in Mogo, Kara discovered a recording of Appa Ali Apsa confessing to being a member of an organization called the Circle which was responsible for Krypton's demise, and revealed the existence of several data stones storing the full truth. Supergirl started a hunt across the galaxy, unknowingly followed by an agent of the Circle.
During her quest, though, Supergirl was found and captured by Harry Hokum. After getting several genetic samples, Hokum had her thrown in a cell, but Kara broke out on her own and stumbled upon the Omega Men during her jailbreak. The group of heroes managed to run away from the Citadel, but Hokum sent after them an army of Supergirl clones.
Supergirl responded to the Fortress of Solitude's security alarm, which had been activated by The Commissioner, and found herself in the midst of a battle between five corrupted former heroes against Batman and Superman. She came to the aid of Batman as Sky Tyrant almost killed him and brought him to her cousin. As Scarab launched a Batarang infected by the Batman Who Laughs, Supergirl caught it. Kara soon felt the infection and transformed into the darkest version of herself. With Supergirl's infection, the Secret Six had been assembled and used their powers to open a portal into the Dark Multiverse. Shortly afterwards, she left to foil Brainiac-1's attempts to control her and killed him.
Main article: Doomsday Clock Vol 1
After Superman was framed and rendered comatose by an unknown enemy, Supergirl joined the army of heroes who headed towards Mars to confront Doctor Manhattan. Although she took part in the ensuing battle, she and all the remaining heroes were easily defeated by Manhattan.
Powers and Abilities
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Kara possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Solar Energy Absorption: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of Kara's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a yellow sun star system. Her biological make up includes a number of organs which lack analogues in humans and whose functions are unknown. It is believed that between one or more of these and her bio-cellular matrix, "yellow" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when yellow solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
- Heat Vision: Kara can, as a conscious act, fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it. She can vary the heat and area affected.
- Super-Hearing: Kara's hearing is sensitive enough to hear any sound at any volume or pitch. With skill and concentration, she can block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source or frequency.
- Enhanced Vision: Kara's vision processes the entire electromagnetic spectrum as well as allowing vast control over selective perception and focus.
This umbrella ability includes the following:
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Kara can see well into most of the electromagnetic spectrum. She can see and identify radio and television signals as well as all other broadcast or transmitted frequencies. Using this ability, she can avoid detection by radar or satellite monitoring methods. This also allows her to see the aura generated by living thing.
- Telescopic Vision: This is the ability to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics. Though limited, the exact extent of the ability is undetermined. In function, it is similar to the zoom lens on a camera.
- X-Ray Vision: This is the ability to see through any volume of matter except lead. Karas can see things behind a solid, opaque object as if it were not there. She can focus this ability to "peel back" layers of an object, allowing hidden image or inner workings to be observed. The exact type of energy perceived—such as x-rays, cosmic rays, or some other energy invisible to normal humans—is unclear. This ability perceives an ambient energy source though, it does not involve the eye projecting a concentrated, possibly toxic, beam to be reflected back from objects.
- Microscopic Vision: This is the ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.
- Infrared Vision: Kara can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
- Flight: Kara is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. This ranges from hovering to moving in any posture, in any direction.
- Invulnerability: Due to the interaction of her dense molecular structure and supercharged bio-electric aura, Kara is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, her extends this protection against toxins and diseases.
- Superhuman Stamina: Kara is able to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an indefinite period of time. This based on her body converting yellow solar radiation directly to energy, but is limited by physiological and psychological needs to eat, drink, and sleep.
- Superhuman Strength: Kara's strength is augmented by yellow solar radiation interacting with the greater than human density, resilience and biological efficiency of her musculature. Her strength is more an act of conscious will on energy fields than actual physical strength. It is this act of conscious will that enables her to perform physical feats that are beyond the mere application force, such as moving a mountain top without said rock crumbling under its own mass.
- Superhuman Speed: Kara is able to move at incredible speed by sheer force of will. This extends to her perceptions and allows for feats such as catching bullets in mid flight as well as covering vast distances in little or no time.
This also confers:
- Super-Breath: Kara is able to create hurricane force winds by exhaling air from her lungs. She can chill the air as it leaves her lungs to freeze targets. She can also reverse the process to pull large volumes of air or vapor into her lungs.
- Longevity: Kara can live longer than regular humans, remaining at her prime as long as she was under the exposure of the "yellow" sun.
- Energy Projection: Supergirl can project the solar energy she has absorbed. The energy projection is strong enough to free her from the Lasso of Truth.
- Force Field: Supergirl can use the absorbed solar energy to cover her body in a glowing light. The force field has a protective nature. For example, it can prevent her from getting wet and allows her to breathe underwater. However, the extent of its effects is unknown.
- Sound Manipulation: Supergirl is able to alter her voice in order to affect her surroundings as demonstrated when, in order to get out of a trap created by Cyborg Superman, Kara disrupted the frequency of the machine by screaming at a certain frequency.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Kara was taught how to fight on Krypton as part of her trials, and in Crucible Academy.
- Chi Manipulation: Supergirl learned the art of Bagua under the instruction of I-Ching. She practiced how to manipulate her Chi or Qi in order to gain a better control on her powers due to them becoming supercharged after her conflict with the Fatal Five. Superman recommended tutelage with I-Ching for Supergirl in the first place.
- Multilingualism: Kara can speak fluent English and Kryptonian. She has been studying all Earth's languages, but she thinks she is bad at most of them.
- Genius Level Intellect
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Kara possesses the same potential weaknesses as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Vulnerability to Sensory Overload: Supergirl's sensitive sense can be overpowered, such as when Lobo tossed a sonic grenade under her feet and knocked her unconscious.-
- Solar Energy Dependency
- Bigotry (Formerly): Raised on Krypton where cloning was illegal, Kara developed an unconscious bigotry against Kryptonian clones from her culture, believing they were evil. When she met Superboy (Kon-El) for the first time and learned he was a clone, she attacked him, until she learned to work through her prejudice and trust him. 
- Uncontrollable Rage (Formerly)
- Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) was created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, first appearing in Action Comics #252. However, in the Prime Earth continuity, Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Supergirl (Volume 6) #1 by Michael Green, Mike Johnson, and Mahmud Asrar.
- Supergirl was 16 years old when she arrived on Earth.
- Supergirl is known as the Girl of Steel and the Girl of Tomorrow.
- Supergirl is the first member of the Red Lantern Corps who has managed to destroy her own ring and survive without one and without having any help from a Blue Power Ring, only because she was able to absorb enough yellow sunlight due to being at Earth's yellow sun when it happened.
- Supergirl Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- All-Star Comics (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 1)
- Superman Family (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 2)
- Infinity Inc. (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 3)
- Supergirl (Volume 4)
- Supergirl (Volume 5)
- Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 2)
- Supergirl (Volume 6)
- Worlds' Finest (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 7)
- 303 Appearances of Kara Zor-El (Prime Earth)
- 268 Images featuring Kara Zor-El (Prime Earth)
- 77 Quotations by or about Kara Zor-El (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Kara Zor-El (Prime Earth)
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #0
- Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #6
- Batman/Superman: World's Finest #1
- Batman/Superman: World's Finest #2
- Batman/Superman: World's Finest #1
- Batman/Superman: World's Finest #2
- Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #8
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #8
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #1
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #2
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #3
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #4
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #5
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #6
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #7
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #8
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #9
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #10
- Superboy (Volume 6) #6
- Superman (Volume 3) #6
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #11
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #12
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #13
- Superman (Volume 3) #17
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #18
- Superboy (Volume 6) #3
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #19
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #20
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #21
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #22
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #23
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #24
- Action Comics Annual (Volume 2) #2
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #25
- Superboy (Volume 6) #25
- Superman (Volume 3) #25
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #26
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #27
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #28
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #29
- Green Lantern (Volume 5) #28
- Red Lanterns #28
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #30
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #31
- Red Lanterns #32
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #32
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #33
- Superman/Wonder Woman #9
- Action Comics (Volume 2) #33
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #34
- Action Comics (Volume 2) #35
- Superman: Doomed #2
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #35
- Red Lanterns Annual #1
- Red Lanterns #34
- Justice League United #2
- Convergence #8
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #36
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #40
- Superman (Volume 3) #41
- Justice League United #11
- Justice League/Power Rangers #3
- Action Comics (Volume 2) #51
- Superman/Wonder Woman #29
- Superman (Volume 3) #52
- Supergirl: Rebirth #1
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #1
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #3
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #5
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #6
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #7
- Superman #176
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #8
- Action Comics #976
- Batgirl Annual (Volume 5) #1
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #9
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #10
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #11
- Action Comics #981
- Action Comics #982
- Action Comics #983
- Action Comics #984
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #12
- Supergirl Annual (Volume 7) #1
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #13
- Superwoman #13
- Superwoman #14
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #14
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #15
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #16
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #17
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #18
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #19
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #20
- DC Nation (Volume 2) #0
- Justice League: No Justice #4
- Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #46
- Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #47
- Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #48
- Action Comics #1000
- The Man of Steel (Volume 2) #3
- The Man of Steel (Volume 2) #4
- The Man of Steel (Volume 2) #5
- The Man of Steel (Volume 2) #6
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #21
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #22
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #23
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #24
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #25
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #26
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #27
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2) #4
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #36
- Doomsday Clock #9
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #17
- Supergirl (Volume 7) #4
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #16
- Supergirl (Volume 6) #37
- Batman/Superman Annual #1
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