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The Best Supergirl Storylines To Get To Know Kara Zor-El

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Ever since she was first introduced to the DC Universe in Action Comics #252, Supergirl has been a pivotal character whose impact could be felt throughout the company's many comics. Supergirl offered a more feminine approach to the Last Son of Krypton, and the fans absolutely loved her. She flew through the skies for more than sixty years, and throughout that time, she's been in a lot of stories, many of which were important for events that affected the entire DC Universe.

Over the 60+ years she's been soaring through the skies as Supergirl, there have been tons of comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books about Supergirl, making it hard to determine which is the best of Supergirl's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 20. You can also use this list as a Supergirl reading guide and includes stories that feature Linda Danvers and Matrix.

Check out the stories listed below, and if you see your favorites, vote them up. Then check back to see which of these comics is the best Supergirl story ever told!

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    The Supergirl From Krypton

    Story Found In: Action Comics #252

    Details: When Supergirl crashes on Earth, she quickly meets her cousin, Kal-el, otherwise known as the Man of Steel himself, Superman! Finding Kara was a big deal for the Man of Steel, as it proved he wasn't the last Kryptonian alive in the universe, and more than that, a member of his own family survived Krypton's destruction.

    Supes takes his cousin to an orphanage to live, and even creates a fake identity for her, opting to give her the more terrestrial name of Linda Lee. Kara begins her life as a superhero with a secret identity in her first appearance, and while her origin is played out on only a few pages in the book, it established her as a power-player in the DC Universe, who was sure to stick around for some time.

    A great storyline?
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    The Hunt For Reactron

    Story Found In: Action Comics #881-882, Supergirl #44-50, Supergirl Annual #1, and Superman: Secret Files 2009

    Details: Supergirl's world is once more turned upside down in "The Hunt for Reactron," which depicts the Girl of Steel during a time when the people of the world have turned against the people of New Krypton. The anger towards the Kryptonians came from General Lane, who turned the people of Earth on their celestial neighbors.

    Meanwhile, Supergirl is working with Nightwing and Flamebird, both of whom have been framed for a crime they didn't commit. The crime involved the killing of Mon-El, but he's only believed to be gone and may show his face sooner or later. All of this is going down while Supergirl is facing increasing distrust and hatred toward her and her allies, making things harder than ever for the Girl of Steel.

    A great storyline?
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    Story Found In: Crisis on Infinite Earths #7

    Details: While she was a part of the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" books, the seventh issue stands as the most important one featuring Supergirl. Not only was it the issue in which she died, it features one of the most evocative comic book covers in the medium's history, and is highly regarded among collectors.

    Kara essentially gave her own life (along with the Flash) to save pretty much... well, everyone everywhere. The story of sacrifice was heartbreaking, and it even made the Man of Steel cry out in despair. "Crisis on Infinite Earths" was the first major upheaval in DC's history, and while it wouldn't be the last, it was definitely the most impactful, especially for Supergirl. The character would remain dead for years, and the impact on her story would continue for two decades.

    A great storyline?
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    Supergirl: The Last Daughter Of Krypton

    Story Found In: Supergirl #1-7

    Details: In what is likely the most compelling story to feature the Girl of Steel, "Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton" offers up a modern retelling of the hero's origin story. Kara crashes on Earth, and when she wakes up, she has no idea as to how she got there, or even where 'there' is.

    Unfortunately, she's awakened to find that she has no memory of her final days on Krypton, and things get even stranger when she learns that her infant cousin, Kal-El, is not only on Earth, but he's also fully grown and has become the superhero known to the world as Superman!

    A great storyline?