Supergirl (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Linda Danvers)
Real Name: Linda Danvers
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For a mere 80-issue run, Peter David imbued his vision of Supergirl with a complicated history that defies static description. David's Supergirl undergoes a more-or-less complete arc across those 80 issues, and it can be confusing to wrap your mind around what the character is, or is not, at any one point.
Basically, the series is divided into several sections, with Supergirl having a different identity at each step. There is a remarkable amount of character development present in this version, even though it is confusing at first glance.
To begin with, Linda Danvers is a completely ordinary teenager. A tad depressed and hopeless -- one might even say at the end of her rope, to be sure--but she's a mortal. The first 9 issues of the run detail how she and Supergirl (Matrix) combine into a single, symbiotic entity. Linda gives the artificial, shape-shifting life-form a single, organic life, while the depressed teenager is now given superpowers (albeit not on the order of Superman's) and a purpose in life.
For the next 40 issues, fully half the run, this "merged" Supergirl, after an act of self-sacrifice for an unworthy individual, now becomes further merged with an angel to become an earth-born-angel known as the "Angel of Fire". This brings Linda even greater power, and made her adventures about both the traditional super-heroic theme of "saving" people and also the religious theme of "salvation".
Following the defeat of the Angel of Fire's principal enemy, the Angel of Fire "left" Supergirl, and she was once again as she had been in the first 9 issues. The loss was difficult for her to bear, however, and she immediately set out on a mission to find this "lost" half of her self. She would spend all but the last 5 issues of the run doing so. In the end she was briefly reunited with her Angel.
In what would become the last "arc" of David's run, the original Kara Zor-El suddenly appeared in her life, just when she was comfortable again being only Supergirl. This crossover between Supergirl of Earth 1 and Supergirl of post-Crisis Earth finally linked her to Krypton in a more tangible way than the Byrne/David creation had never quite managed to achieve. Ironically, as soon as these events concluded, Linda seemingly took off the "big red S" for the last time and has not been heard from since.
a.k.a. Angel of Fire
In the latter stages of this Supergirl's run, she adopted a primarily white uniform (which to many observers seems like a merging of Supergirl and Power Girl's uniforms). This same uniform was first seen on the Supergirl from Superman: The Animated Series. However, the two characters should not be confused. The animated Supergirl is yet another version of Kara Zor-El, similar in many ways to the original Supergirl, but with an attitude closer to Power Girl.
First Appearance: Supergirl (1996) #1
Linda Danvers (post-Crisis)
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#16 Secret Files & Origins Guide to the DC Universe 2000 (2000)
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#75 Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (1999)
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#8 Steel (1994)
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#40 Superboy & The Ravers (1996)
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Annual 02 Supergirl Plus (1997)
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- 'Body & Soul'#2
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- 'And No Dawn to Follow the Darkness'#4
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- 'Art History'#8
- 'My Dinner with Buzz'#9
- 'Tempus Fugit'#10
- 'Hidden Things'#11
- 'Sound and Fury'#12
- 'Cries in the Darkness'#13
- 'Secrets and Lies'#15
- 'Gods of the Twilight'#16
- 'Blonde Justice'#17
- 'Teetering on Oblivion'#18
- 'Divine Inspiration'#19
- 'Middle-Aged Crisis'#20
- 'Things Best Left Forgotten'#21
- 'Through a Fractured Prism'#22
- 'Comet's Tale'#23
- 'Double-Edged Sword'#24
- 'Avenging Angels, Part 2: Die and Let Live'#25
- 'Desparate Times'#26
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- 'Heck's Angels, Part 2: Justice Delayed'#37
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- 'On Ice'#40
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- 'Day of the Mule'#56
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- 'Many Happy Returns, Part 2'#77
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- 'The Iron Hand of Kindness'#102
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- 'What He Didn't Do'
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#24 Superman/Gen13 (2000)
- 'With a Vengeance!, Chapter Five: The Price of Our Sins'#25
- 'With a Vengeance!, Chapter Six: Supermen/Batmen'
#2 Team Superman (1999)
- 'Get Off My Cape'#3
- 'You Bet Your S I'm Angry!!!'
#1 Team Superman Secret Files (1998)
- 'They Died With Their Capes On'
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#4 Teen Titans: A Celebration of 50 Years (2014)
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#140 The Titans (1999)
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#25 Wonder Woman (1987)
- 'Part Three: This is Your Life'
#126 Young Justice (1998)
- 'Where Have All the Heroes Gone?'
#13 Young Justice: Sins of Youth (2000)
- 'Heck's Angels, Part 3: Dis, Dat and De Other'#38
- 'Joker: Last Laugh: Stuff Happens'
- 'Justice For All'#2
- 'The Stunning Conclusion'
Justice League of Amazons (DC)
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