“Decay Day.” Supergirl oversleeps for an appointment with her new advisor on the first day of college, so she uses her powers to fly to campus. There, she meets the absent-minded psychology professor, Dr. Metzner, whose office is piled with papers. She takes a job as his intern to help make some money. Across town, Supergirl’s neighbor, John Ostrander, takes a job as a messenger for a suspicious business man. Meanwhile, outside in the city, Decay begins attacking people, starting with the homeless. Eventually, the police are summoned, which also attracts Supergirl’s attention. She battles with Decay, but they seem evenly matched. In fact, Decay is able to hurt her, but just as he does so, Gayle returns and attacks Decay with her mental powers. Once again the power of her blast is so great that it transforms him, this time, back into human form, after which Gayle disappears once more.
“Crisis over Chicago.” Gayle Marsh, also known as the mutant villain Psi, hovers over the city of Chicago, holding Supergirl paralyzed in her mental grasp. Gayle argues psychically with her superior, Mr. Pendergast, while the Girl of Steel fights against the paralysis. Supergirl eventually breaks free, and proceeds to battle with Gayle while trying to reason with her. Finally Supergirl makes Gayle realize that killing thousands of people in the name of “saving them from decay” is not acceptable, and Gayle flees. Changing back into her secret identity of Linda Danvers, Supergirl returns to her apartment, only to discover that her new friend Joanie Raymond has organized a move-in party to help Linda unpack. Once the apartment is settled, Linda falls into an exhausted sleep. Meanwhile, Mr. Pendergast threatens Psi, who lashes out at him, and the pain of her attack turns him into Decay incarnate.
The Superman Family least liked super villain H’EL back to the despair of Supergirl fans, by Lobdell and DC. The solicits says it picks up where the H’el on Earth story arc ended for him, transported into Krypton’s distant past. It is well known amongst Supergirl fans DC had turned Kara into a dumb, easily manipulated patsy and his girlfriend during the H’el on Earth crossover event.
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Zap2it.com was able to speak with Michael Alan Nelson regarding his specific issue, “Cyborg Superman.” and what he’s looking forward to during Villains month.
Zap2it: For those who are new to the series, who, exactly, is Cyborg Superman?
Michael Alan Nelson: That is a great question, but one I hesitate to answer because we haven’t seen Cyborg Superman in the New 52 Universe yet. That is actually a nice thing for readers who may not be familiar with the series. You don’t have to have any pre-existing knowledge of who Cyborg Superman is in order to understand the story. We’re all going to be meeting him for the first time. And since I don’t want to give anything away, the best answer I can give is that I can neither confirm nor deny the identity of Cyborg Superman. What I can say is that he’s a man driven by an overwhelming sense of insufficiency, inadequacy, and he believes Supergirl can help him overcome this thing he sees as his own desperate flaw.
Supergirl travels to Leesburg to investigate the disappearance of local sculpture Linda Danvers, at the behest of her grief-stricken parents, thought to be the latest victim of a satanic cult who has taken up residence in the town. During the course of the investigation Supergirl mysteriously disappears, only for Linda Danvers to reemerge; horrifically scarred and suffering from amnesia. Linda, with the help of her best friend Mattie & local journalist Cutter Sharp, attempt to piece together the events that led to her predicament, only to discover she was embroiled with the cult – prior to her kidnapping particularly with enigmatic leader Buzz – as they endeavor to free their deity Lord Chakat from his dimension and into ours by sacrificing Linda. A feat they narrowly achieve, until Supergirl thwarts this plot by destroying a bloodied knife before it can reach the portal holding Chakat. However, this heroic feat is rendered moot, as Buzz delivers a final blow to Linda whilst Supergirl is distracted, failing to save Linda Danvers. Supergirl cradles Linda, comforting her as death approaches, the guilt rising in her, refuses to acquiesce Linda to death’s embrace, fuses with Linda to save her life but instead creates a new entity; Supergirl with the soul of Linda Danvers.
Every serious even semi-serious Supergirl fans know about Kara Zor-El and her ultimate sacrifice to save Superman’s life in Crisis on Infinite Earths maxi series. Her existence was erased completely in the post DC universe. Outside of a one shot forgotten Xmas special issue with Deadman and Kara. She was gone from the DCU.
At the time John Byrne was at his height of his super start status in the comic book world, dictated Superman was to be the SOLE survivor of Krypton. Absolutely no Kryto, no past as Superboy, worst of all for us Supergirl fans. No Supergirl. DC gladly let Byrne have it his way.
Supergirl was replaced by the plasma Matrix Supergirl, from a dead pocket universe.
“Perfect Form, part 2.” Lord Dichon has captured Supergirl in an effort to take control of her proto-matter form, and use it for his own gains. After Supergirl breaks out and rescues the mining team, they come up with a plan to defeat him by using a jamming device. Supergirl and the head miner return to Dichon’s ship with the jammer, and it works, but Dichon attacks and almost kills the miner. Supergirl goes into an angry rage, pummeling Dichon so hard the ship starts to explode. She escapes with the lead miner, and expresses regret that they couldn’t save Dichon.
* Note: This review covers only the Supergirl feature of Showcase 95 #2, and does not include the Metal Men or Argus features. *
“Perfect Form, part 1.” Supergirl jumps into action as an underground mining laser goes haywire. She finds herself rescuing a mining team. Just as she thinks the situation is under control, a Khundian mining ship appears and starts trying to strip-mine Charlotte, NC. Supergirl battles the robots coming out of the ship, but is then captured by the ship’s master, another robot named Lord Dichon. Dichon decides he wants to obtain Supergirl’s proto-matter body for himself, and take control of it.
* Note: This review covers only the Supergirl feature of Showcase 95 #1, and does not include the Alan Scott or Argus features. *
“A very strange and special girl.” Linda Danvers, aka. Supergirl, aka. Kara Zor-El, rides a train westward in search of a fresh start in Chicago. She’s not seated long, however, before she has to change into Supergirl to save some steel-workers from a factory accident. Then she returns to the train and rides it to Union Station, where she hails a cab. Along the way, she uses the time to reflect on her past and reminisce about her origins. When she arrives at the campus, she meets a new friend, Joanie, who knows of a great apartment, and goes with Joanie to see it. In the mean time, the mysterious “Mr. Pendergast” and psionic mutant Gayle Marsh hatch a plan to destroy Chicago in the name of saving humanity from “decay.” As Gayle hovers above the city, Linda realizes something is up, and once more changes into Supergirl to battle her.
In this final issue of the mini-series, entitled “The Big Hurt, an infuriated Supergirl systematically hunts down and destroys every personal base, facility, and operation of Lex Luthor, Jr., to get revenge on him for manipulating her and cloning her. After she has taken out a few, Lex realizes what is happening, and orders one base evacuated, and the other booby-trapped to stop her. But nothing can prevent her from finding him at Lexcorp Tower. Supergirl is so angry she throws Lex out the window, but Superman swoops in to save him. Finally she learns that Lex is dying, and that he is not really “Lex Jr.”, but a clone of the original. By the end, she decides she is well shut of Luthor, and returns with Superman to Metropolis.