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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked - Did Supergirl Come to Earth to Kill Superman?!

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically "overturned" by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An' Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we look at whether Supergirl came to Earth Post-Crisis specifically to kill Superman...

Writer Jeph Loeb introduced the Post-Crisis version of Kara Zor-El in Superman/Batman #8 (with artist Michael Turner)....

The storyline was a huge success and Supergirl was soon given her own series. Loeb launched the series with the opening five-part storyline, along with artists Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund. In the fourth issue, Lex Luthor splits Supergirl into, for lack of a better term, a "good" and a "bad" version of herself. In the next issue, Loeb's final issue on the series, the "bad" Supergirl refreshes the "good" Supergirl's memory on why they were on Earth in the first place...

Now here's the thong - look at how Loeb writes it - it is very simple to just say "Yeah, she was lying." Loeb never confirm that it is the truth at all.

However, the next issue, written by Greg Rucka, seems to do so...

Then the following issue, when Joe Kelly takes over (still working over Rucka's plot here, though)...

In Supergirl #16, Kelly (working over a Mark Sable plot), reveals WHY Supergirl's dad wants Kal-El dead. He believes him to be a lure to deadly "Phantoms" that will devour Earth...

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