Supergirl comes to the rescue of an out-of-control jet and saves the pilot, missing a spectral figure slipping in through a dimensional crack behind her and swearing revenge. Supergirl learns something seized the pilot's mind and forced him to fly faster than his plane co

Strangers at the Heart's Core is a large storyline for Supergirl written by Jack C. Harris, published in her own feature in Superman Family # from 1977 to 1981.

Synopsis

Supergirl comes to the rescue of an out-of-control jet and saves the pilot, missing a spectral figure slipping in through a dimensional crack behind her and swearing revenge. Supergirl learns something seized the pilot's mind and forced him to fly faster than his plane could take until the vehicle smashed through the sound barrier, nearly breaking apart due to the vibrations. Kara briefly wonders if the jet pierced through other barriers, but she quickly forgets the incident.

Months later, Linda is attacked by a Phantom Zoner called Shyla Kor-Onn. Shyla claims she caused the aircraft accident to escape from the Phantom Zone, and now she intends to suck Supergirl's powers and life force off. Nevertheless, Supergirl manages to throw her back into the Zone.

Somewhile later, Supergirl's adoptive father Fred Danvers is duped by a trio called "The Visitors" into creating a device called "The Voodoo Machine", which projects three-dimensional images capable of interacting with physical people or objects from a distance. Fred refuses to keep aiding them when he realizes they intend to use the device as a weapon, so the Visitors threaten to kill his family. Supergirl saves her parents, beats the Visitors and learns they are three alien ex-convicts.[1] As Kara transports the trio back to the prison-planet Kronis, she wonders who's behind the Visitors, since neither of them is intelligent enough to come up with the Voodoo Machine. Unbeknown to Kara, her battle has been observed by the same bodiless energy being who manipulated the Visitors, someone who hates Supergirl deeply.

As Supergirl is making her way back to Earth, her bodyless enemy finds and telepathically influences Klax-Ar, an old Superboy's enemy,[2] into attacking Kara. Klax-Ar is armed with a space-sled built from salvaged parts from a Superman Robot, but Kara tricks him into following her back to Earth, where the air's pollution damages his sled's circuits. Supergirl knocks him and his vehicle to Midvale, then grabs Klax-Ar and heads back towards Kronis. In the meantime, the wreckage of Klax-Ar's sled is found and claimed by S.T.A.R. Labs's newest employee.

Supergirl has just returned to the Fortress of Solitude after dumping Klax-Ar into Kronis when she is ordered to report to Kandor, where she is arrested and taken to court. Shyla Kor-Onn has been released from the Zone, and has charged Supergirl with illegal imprisonment. In order to prove Kara's alleged criminal intent, she presents a mento-tape, a device which extracts and records memories. Shyla's mento-tape shows a memory from Lex Luthor where Supergirl is apparently consorting with him.[3]

Kara realizes that mento-tape was taken during a time when she had memory gaps, so she cannot use her own memories to prove her innocence. In order to produce evidence, Kara goes voluntarily into the Zone to find Mon-El and take his memories from the real events. Mon-El's memories prove Lesla-Lar impersonated Supergirl and clear Kara's name, much to the anger of both Shyla Kor-Onn and the energy being who was manipulating her all along.

Supergirl's mysterious enemy causes a war between villains Gravitron Man and Gravity Lord, hoping Supergirl gets killed as trying to stop them.[4]-[5]. When her scheme also fails, Supergirl's enemy decides to try another tactic and travels to Midvale, where Snapper Carr has managed to rebuild a pollution-resistant Superboy Robot using the remains of Klax-Ar's sled. Supergirl's enemy possesses the Superboy Robot, breaks out of the laboratory and starts wreaking havoc. Supergirl is called to Midvale by her father and engages the robot, but it stiffens and falls only seconds later. Kara takes it back to S.T.A.R. Labs and leaves, unaware that her enigmatic enemy's spirit has become stuck in the robot.

Some time afterwards, Kara finds something is turning her adoptive parents Fred and Edna Danvers, into Zor-El and Allura lookalikes.

Her agitation is exploited by Lesla-Lar to invade her mind. Lesla had been killed by the Phantom Zoners long ago,[6] but she reveals her mind survived and evolved into an energy being. Using her psychic powers, Lesla mentally nudged others into attacking Supergirl until she became trapped in a Superboy Robot. Nonetheless, her powers kept evolving until she managed to escape. Unfortunately, her ordeal has driven Lesla insane. She has deluded herself into believing she looks like Kara because they're twin sisters, and after transforming the Danvers into Kara's biological parents, she intends to take over Kara's body and ask why she was abandoned.

Supergirl and Lesla-Lar fight, but Lesla prevails and throws Kara's spirit out of her body. Lesla then tries to pose as Kara, but the Danvers -still turned into Kara's blood parents- realize right away she's an impostor. Lesla's turmoil lets Kara reenters her body. Both women fight again, and Supergirl punches Lesla's astral form into oblivion.

Linda has gotten her body back and her adoptive parents are back to normal. Before telling them about her latest battle, Linda spares a moment to thank Lesla-Lar for unintentionally giving her a few moments with her birth parents.

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