📖 📺 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse/The Supergirl from Krypton - Read + Watch Party 2-Part Event 5/18 @ 5 PM PST! 📺 📖

A mysterious girl crash lands in Gotham City Harbor claiming to be Superman’s cousin from Krypton. Is she friend or foe and will she stay that way for long when she is abducted by Darkseid to lead his Female Furies? It’s up to a team of our World’s Finest heroes to retrieve Kara from Apokolips, but is it already too late?

From Executive Producer Bruce Timm and voiced by the cast from both hit Batman and Superman animated TV series including Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly and Clancy Brown, this DC Universe original animated movie adaptation of Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner’s popular graphic novel is full of mystery and subterfuge of godly proportions.

This two part event will kick off with a read along and discussion of the 6 comics and conclude with a watch party of the film on Supergirl’s EARTHday, May 18th! More details below!


Part 1 - Read along!

We will read 2 issues a week and discuss in the comments below. The schedule and discussion prompts are here to help guide the conversation week to week. Feel free to post your own questions and discussion topics below!

Week 1 April 28 - May 4
Issues 8 & 9

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  1. Michael Turner was a comic artist who went on to create his own company, Aspen Comics, featuring his own creations such as Fathom and Soulfire. His distinct style was featured on many covers for DC and Marvel. Turner passed away at 37 after an 8 year battle with bone cancer. What are your thoughts on his art style and how he conveys motion and emotion?

  2. Why does Krypto hate Kara so much? Can he tell she’s more of a cat person? :cat2:

You can actually decipher all of the Kryptonian by transcribing the characters.
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Week 2 May 4 - 11
Issues 10 & 11

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  1. The contentious question on how to handle Kara is a main feature throughout this story our heroes struggle with. Is :batman: right to be suspicious of, :00_superman1: in protecting, or :wonderwoman: in training Kara?

  2. What do you think it feels like from Kara’s perspective to have 3 different people with 3 different ideas of what your life should be like? Is she justified in her feelings?

  3. Similarly, the conflict also effects our team of heroes yet they still need to work together. What are your thoughts about this emotionally charged interaction?

Week 3 May 11 - 18
Issues 12 & 13

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  1. Our heroes split up for the attack on Apokolips and come up with some creative ways to accomplish each of their missions. Does Darkseid underestimate our heroes or was this his plan all along?

  2. We see how past traumas and loss play a huge role in how our heroes think and the influence it has over the choices they make. What do you think about the psychological cost of being a hero and how it plays out here with the Trinity (:superman: :batman: :wonderwoman:)?

This story is dedicated to Christopher Reeve, who died the year the storyline ended.

The adventures continue with writer Jeph Loeb in Supergirl (2005-2011)

More SuperFamily adventures here:
Superman Family Adventures
Krypto the Superdog
Tiny Titans #28
Adventure Comics #394
Action Comics #373 (1938- )

More of the New Gods
Female Furies


Part 2 - Watch Party!

We conclude with a celebratory watch party on Supergirl’s EARTHday, May 18th!

Kara Zor-El first arrived on Earth May 18th 1959 Action Comics #252
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Movie Details:
Released September 28, 2010
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
PG-13

Director

Lauren Montgomery

Producers

Bruce Timm
Alan Burnett
Bobbi Page
Lauren Montgomery
Sam Register
Benjamin Melniker
Michael E. Uslan
Tim Yoon

Written by

Tab Murphy

Music by

John Paesano

Casting by

Andrea Romano

Cast

Thank you for joining me the past few months for these events! If you enjoyed reading this series I highly recommend continuing since there are more fantastic stories down the line! :superman_hv_2:
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So glad to be back for round 2! Here are my thoughts:

  1. I like Turner overall. I think he does a great job with facial expressions and emotion, especially with Kara. I think he conveys motion pretty well. I do have a couple complaints. First, some of his figures, particularly females, seem too thin for their height. They can seem unnatural. Second (this is mainly for issue #8), why is Kara showing so much skin? She’s a teenager for goodness’ sake!

  2. Fantastic question. I wish I had a good answer. Overprotective, maybe?

I’m really enjoying this so far. I think my favorite moment so far is Kara calling out Batman for trying to sneak up on a girl with superhearing. Plus, Darkseid is coming! :0_darkseid:

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today marks the start of reading week 2! Remember, this read along moves forward every Tuesday this month!

@brian_hofman loved reading your perspectives! I fell in love with Turner’s art and he’s an amazing writer. I adore his Fathom and SoulFire comics. We get a Fathom Easter egg later on so be on the lookout! One clue, she’s hanging out in one our fiercest warriors homes!

I really love the difference between the first and second issues since the first is Gotham and the second is the Fortress/Metropolis.

The first issue with the full page Kryptonian dialogue is my go-to for practicing the K-alphabet. When I was in high school, my friend and I would write notes to each other in Kryptonian. It was a blast! You can actually download the font and use it in Word. I’ve been trying to figure out how to create a downloadable keyboard app but I’m not tech savvy enough :yum:

Krypto getting scolded hurt my soul.
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I find it interesting how the pacing is so different in this storyline compared with the first. It feels so fast and actually benefits from the film adaptation. If I remember correctly, although things do change a little, more is left in the movie for this one than the other. We’ll see at the 18th Watch Party! :tada:

How do you pronounce Kara?
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  • Other (enlighten us below!)

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Here are my thoughts on issues 10 & 11:

  1. I think Wonder Woman has the wisest approach here. She gives Supergirl a chance to prove herself without being too quick to trust or suspect her. Superman’s and Batman’s responses definitely seem in character, but I keep wanting to tell each of them to tone it down a bit, which makes sense when emotions get involved. Good, believable drama here.

  2. I think Kara definitely rings true as a teenager. She seems to feel boxed in, like everyone else is speaking for her. She doesn’t want all these adults trying to determine her life. That must feel suffocating. I think her feelings are justified and understandable. I appreciated her frustration. She may “only” be a teenager, but she’s not a little kid.

  3. I really like how :00_superman1: :00_batman_1989: & :00_wonder_woman_1982: are able to work together despite their conflict and intense emotion. Superman definitely takes a cheap shot. Later on he recognizes that he’ll need the others to forgive him for it, though I wouldn’t say he fully regrets it. Our big 3 come across as trusted partners who know exactly what to say to hurt each other but who also are willing to reconcile and move forward together. I think that’s a pretty realistic portrayal. I like what Loeb is doing.

Finally, I’d like to give a shout-out to the fight scenes. The Doomsday battle was great. I really enjoyed Wonder Woman and Barda vs. the Female Furies, too.

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I was a pretty good teen but my sister was the firecracker and Kara reminds me of her. I wonder what Kara was like on Krypton?

I like your assessment of :wonderwoman: and I agree. It’s cool to see how :superman: wants her to be like he was at her age, a mostly regular life, but :wonderwoman: was a warrior from the get go. :batman: is the only one with actual experience with multiple teen’s and all the various personalities to boot. I’d expect him to be more understanding but this is a point in his life where he’s lost Jason and blames himself and I think he’s letting the bat dictate his actions over the man.

Can’t wait for the watch party!

:star_struck: Look what was waiting in my mailbox for me today! My first ever Omnibus!



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Very cool! How many issues of the series does the omnibus collect? I have 2 paperbacks that together cover all of Loeb’s run (issues 1-26 I think).

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It says 43 and I’m finding quite a few tie in issues throughout. It looks like Volume 2 is issues 44-87.

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Wow! Those 2 would cover the whole series then. That’s cool.

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I love Omnibus editions. They were becoming an addiction I had to cut back, Lol! I love the size and how many issues you get. That Superman/Batman book looks great!

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