"Bloodletting": Supergirl is getting overwhelmed by throngs of people possessed by Phantom Zone ghosts. She's been absent for one month and the phantoms have begun spreading and taking over people. Kara tries to reason with the mob to no avail, and her powers don'
- You are the greatest man I've ever met, and I... I may be a monster, but we have to find a way... We have to find a way where our fathers failed.
Synopsis for "Bloodletting"
Supergirl is getting overwhelmed by throngs of people possessed by Phantom Zone ghosts. She's been absent for one month and the phantoms have begun spreading and taking over people. Kara tries to reason with the mob to no avail, and her powers don't work right under the red sun, so she has no option but to shake them off and fly off.
Suddenly her flight power goes off. Kara lands and is confronted by a possessed Sarah, the girl who was tricked into playing a prank on Kara by a high school bully. Kara is ready to punch the phantom out of Sarah, but Sarah accuses Supergirl of running from every trouble she can't hit away, and claims the bullying got so bad after Kara left and she became known as "the fat girl who chased Supergirl away" she killed herself one week later.
Supergirl is trying to reach Sarah out when she's assaulted by Wonder Girl. Kara attempts to talk her friend down as jagged crystals start sprouting from her body, but Cassandra rants on about Kara keeping secrets from her, keeping her at arm's length and never being a true friend. Cassie tortures Kara psychologically further and flies away, telling her friend is "nothing".
Upon recovering partially from her mental torture, Kara feels her flying restored and heads to the Batcave. Though, Batman has locked himself inside. Praying for being strong enough to help him, Kara braces herself and rushes towards the entrance, but she's intercepted by a possessed Robin. Tim Drake claims Bruce knows she's dangerous and he'll put her down when she snaps. As fighting her, Tim shouts Bruce is his father and he isn't sharing him, and Kara will just hurt him like she hurt her own parents.
Kara snaps, stabs his belly with a crystal and feels regretful and horrified right away. However, it's only the phantom who dies. Wounded but free, Robin asks what has happened. Kara tells she has to find Superman, the key to fix this mess. Robin tells Superman is on Metropolis. When Supergirl replies she already checked the city, Robin explains Superman is wearing a X-Ray-proof suit and gives her a tracker.
On Metropolis, Superman is wearing an armored suit to avoid to be overwhelmed by the ghosts. Supergirl watches him surreptitiously, observing ghosts running away from him rather than fighting him or releasing their hosts, and recalls Zor-El insisting she must kill a child to save a world.
As Kara ponders over her father's words, she's spotted by Kal. Both cousins hug each other.
Unbeknownst to Kal and Kara, they're being observed by two shadowed figures. One of them states her test isn't finished yet.
Supergirl tells everything about her latest experiences, the voices in her head and her memories tormenting her. Superman tells if killing him is the only way to destroy the ghosts, she must go through it. Nonetheless, Supergirl can't do it. She has to find another way.
All of sudden, another Supergirl shows up, claiming to be the true Supergirl.
Appearing in "Bloodletting"
- Dark Angel
- Wonder Girl (As an illusion only)
- Robin (Tim Drake) (As an illusion only)
- Superman (As an illusion only)
- Hawkman (As an illusion only)
- Martian Manhunter (As an illusion only)
- Mister Terrific (As an illusion only)
- Alura In-Ze (Flashback only)
- Superboy (Mentioned only)
- Batman (Mentioned only)
- Jor-El (Mentioned only)
- Lois Lane (Mentioned only)
- Pariah (Behind the scenes)
- Sarah (As an illusion only)
- Kryptonian Rocket (Mentioned only)
- This issue is reprinted in the Supergirl: Identity and Supergirl: Breaking the Chain trade paperbacks.
- 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)