- I look human, Lee... But I am not. When I first got to Earth, I didn't know the culture, the languages. People were scared of me, hated me, too. I was so angry, so confused... but that wasn't me. that was who they were afraid I could be. Other people didn't get to decide who I was.
Appearing in "One Life"
- Benjamin Rubel
- Lee Serrano
- Cameron Chase
- Cat Grant
- Darkseid (Mentioned only)
- Eliza Danvers
- Mokkari (Mentioned only)
- Shay Veritas (Mentioned only)
- Superwoman (Mentioned only)
- Cyborg Superman (Mentioned only)
- Red Power Ring (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "One Life"
In The Blade, Chief Bones receives a phone call from Cameron Chase, who warns him she knows what he's up to, and he's playing with fire by working with Mokkari. Bones replies he has everything under control and hangs up the phone.
Oblivious to all of this, Benjamin Rubel is looking for a reason to trust Supergirl fully. He meets up with Lee Serrano, a boy who uploaded a story about how Supergirl helped him to the CatCo app. Lee believed the arguments about Supergirl being dangerous and unable to understand and relate to the average person until he met her.
Their first meeting happened during Cyborg Superman's invasion. He was running away from home when a Kryptonian cyborg attacked him, and Supergirl pummelled it into the ground. After saving his life she asked his name and told him to get somewhere safe before rushing out, adding she would be around if he needed her. Lee decided to head back home but he didn't think she truly cared.
He was wrong. Later she saw him sitting by the beach, noticed he was upset and stopped to check in. Lee opened up to her: he doesn't feel like a boy or a girl. He's bullied by his schoolmates and worried about his parents' reactions when it comes out. Supergirl told him her parents never asked her if she wanted to be sent away, they made the choice for her. She added parents can protect you and hurt you out of love, and whatever happens she was glad he told her.
Supergirl said he wasn't alone, but she never promised things would get magically right. He actually appreciated her honesty.
Later he found Supergirl again. He'd just been bullied by a classmate, and he was sick of being harassed only because he's different by people who doesn't understand him. Supergirl stated she can look human, but she isn't. When she got to Earth she didn't know anything about her new home. People were frightened of her and hated her. For a long while she was extremely angry and confused, but that wasn't her real self. That was who they were afraid she could be. Other people didn't get to decide who she was, and he shouldn't let anyone else decide it, either.
Several weeks later Lee came out to his parents. They were puzzled but otherwise supportive.
Later he got into a fight with one of his bullies. Supergirl turned up to stop them, and one of the bullies hit her with his bookbag, prompting a "Really? A bookbag?" remark and a deadpan stare from her. However Lee decided to confront his bully. Lee told him everyone know what his trouble is -his parents getting a divorce- and make him miserable won't change anything. His speech made the bully back off.
Lee thanked Supergirl for having his back but not talking over or for him, either. She trusted him to know what he was doing and accepted him.
Lee caps his story telling he supports Supergirl because she supported him. Benjamin says goodbye and heads back home, muttering he needs to find a way to help Supergirl.
At night he's visited by Supergirl, who wants to take up his offer to help.
- At one point, Supergirl flashes back to her transformation into a Red Lantern.
- Supergirl found out someone was leaking technology belonging to the D.E.O. in Supergirl: Escape from the Phantom Zone.
- The attack of Emerald Empress happened in Supergirl: The Girl of No Tomorrow.
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- 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)