Superman: The Unauthorized Biography
Glen Weldon (Author)
A celebration of Superman's life and history - in time for his 75th birthday. How has the Big Blue Boy Scout stayed so popular for so long? How has he changed with the times, and what essential aspects of him have remained constant? This fascinating biography examines Superman as a cultural phenomenon through 75 years of action-packed adventures, from his early years as a social activist in circus tights to his growth into the internationally renowned demigod he is today.
Hardcover: 352 pages
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Cover date: May 2009
Writer: Landry Q. Walker
Penciller: Eric Jones
Inker: Eric Jones
Cover: Eric Jones
Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel
But hours before Supegirl is tinkering with a chunk of kryptonite in her dorm room. No matter what combination of chemical treatment she tries the rock remains as toxic as ever. Lena arrives surprising Linda into her civilian clothes and a quick 'out the window' hiding of the kryptonite chunk.
Unknown to Linda the chunk falls directly onto a power line, and coupled with the myriad of chemicals, the rock glows in a rainbow of colors before bouncing directly into an alley and infecting a curious cat.
Back in the present Lena and Linda are wondering where the entire school has vanished to when they stumble onto a mysterious note to the class, and the ever annoying Belinda Zee. Before debate can ensue as to why they are meant to go straight to the principal's office as told in the note... a power cut plunges the school into darkness.
Remember that classmate attacked earlier? Well it's happening right now! Linda under cover of darkness flies to the rescue, only to discover a cute streaky kitten.
Lena following the noise turns the corner to see Linda in full Supergirl costume but with her glasses too!
The Beast Within!
With Linda distracted the kitten attacks her with her own powers tearing her cape for his own in the process! Lena however is not to be ignored and suits up into her purple and green secret anti-kryptonian battlesuit!
Supergirl gives chase with Belinda and Lena in hot pursuit. Except even when they find a tunnel to a secret base under the school they are in awe of what they have found. All the children of the school captured in a giant bubble and a doomsday machine being activated by Streaky!
Lena uses her flamethrower to destroy the computer console and Belinda has a ahem... catfight with Streaky. Supergirl and Lena argue until an angry Lena relents and deactivates the machinery holding the children captive.
The Cat's Tale!
The children are safe but the machine eradicates the entire secret base...
Lena and Supergirl argue as to why a Thorul would hate the Superfamily so much. But before Lena can admit to the reasons Belinda uses 'an ancient kryptonian memory erasure pressure point' to make her forget ever learning Linda's secret. (I wont spoil the joke here.)
With the base not in rubble, Linda and Lena friends again and Belinda back to her old self, life can go back to normal... can't it?
Well, no, as soaring into space in a small escape pod is Streak and he is logging everything that happened. With his new poweres and expanding intellenct he discovered Principal Pycklemeyer's secret base and orchestrated its destruction by tricking his human pet and her friends into destroying it. While erasing the last few hours from all the minds of the other students Streaky vows to watch over his human pet Linda Lee.
In the meantime Streaky is on a mission to dicover the secrets of the universe and his amazing new powers.
Story - 4: The introduction of Streaky and his sudden involvement in Pycklemeyer's plot seemed a little rushed which is a shame as the story had some shining moments. Belinda working with Linda in her own way, Lena in a battle suit, Lena unhinged... the progression of the story arc... it was all there but perhaps because this is 'made for trade' it seemed unfortunately rushed to fit into the arc.
Art - 5: I hated the costume initially and I'm still not sold on Linda as a boyish girl but there is no denying the artwork it absolutely brilliant. More please! Can I request a Supergirl: CAIT8G Secret File?!
Cover Art - 5: Oh oh! Secret base... scared heroes....menacing shadow... I'm sold! (and if you aren't where is the kid in you??)
Check out the Comic Index Lists for the complete list of Superman-related comics published in 2009.