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If 2008 was hopeful, 2009 was hope realized. There was a lot to love regarding Supergirl in 2009. It was the first year of the Gates/Igle run. We had her involved in Final Crisis. There was a solo strip in Wednesday Comics. There was a wonderful Supergirl/Robin issue in Superman/Batman. There was World of New Krypton.

And there was Supergirl:Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade. There is too much to love about that book. It is perfectly All Ages, good for adults and kids. It is joyous, looking into the corners of DC history and dusting off Kara’s history. It is so much fun. Landry Walker and Eric Jones hit it out of the park.

At the end of the Cosmic, Mr. Mxyzptlk thinks he will absorb the power of the universe. But instead, it is Supergirl who has it. And in the most DC moment of the book, it is Supergirl’s hand that emerges from the swirling universal energy, the one Krona sees at the beginning of time.

It is such a unexpected but pitch perfect moment of Supergirl and DC history, it floored me. Cosmic Adventures is far in our rear view mirror. DC foolishly won’t green light a sequel. But when saw that first panel, I knew where we were going and I was gobsmacked. This moment meant the world to me. And so it comes in at #4.

This is something of a riff off of #9. In 2016, DC put out an electronic-first comic based on the Supergirl television show called Adventures of Supergirl. Written by Supergirl-legend Sterling Gates with a bevy of fantastic artists, the book was fantastic. It perfectly meshed with the show’s continuity. It leaned into Supergirl history bringing in Psi and Rampage. And it had wonderful Easter Eggs for comic fans. But the big thing was Supergirl fighting Facet, a wonderful villain which brought together Fort Rozz and some of Kara’s issues with Alura.

But the book ended with a Supergirl once again realizing that Earth is now her home and she is its defender. It is here that we first hear the new phrase ‘Hope, help, and compassion for all.’ At the time, it seemed like the perfect phrase to both describe Kara as well as differentiate her from Superman while still fitting into patterns of Superman mythos. I loved this moment. And I thought for sure ‘hope, help, and compassion’ would live on forever. Here we are at #3.

2011 was something of a tricky year for Supergirl. If you look at that year, there were a ton of great moments. Supergirl was in the Justice League, acting as the legacy muscle. She fought Doomsday. She was in Tiny Titans. She had two separate runs in her book which were entertaining. The James Peaty/Bernard Chang run is deceptively good. And Kelly Sue Deconnick came on with CrissCross for a fun school trip.

But all of those moments didn’t mean as much to the world as the advent of the New 52. Supergirl #1 was written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson with art by Mahmud Asrar. This was a different Supergirl. After finally being likable and a hero in her old title, DC had her become an angry loner, loathing Earth. She rejected her cousin. She only spoke Kryptonese and couldn’t communicate. She hated everything.

I might not have liked the early New 52 Supergirl but there is no denying what a huge moment this was for the character. In the last 10 years, the reboot of the universe has to be looked at as being an important moment. It is #2 for those reasons.

I don’t think it is an overstatement that the Gates/Igle run is considered something of a high water mark for the character. From the doldrums and bitterness of the early issues came a young hero. She decided to live a life on Earth, becoming Linda Lang. She had to overcome the tragedy of losing her parents again in New Krypton. She had to prove herself to the world as a hero. She had to deal with her own guilt for surviving. This was complex characterization and over the top super-heroics.

2010 included the BizarroGirl arc where Kara saw a dark reflection of herself. Both were suffering. Kara decided the time was right to rise above her depression and guilt. And right after that arc, she has to help Cat Grant, the one person who made Supergirl out to be immature and self-centered.

And so this moment, when Cat Grant lauds Supergirl for being a hero, this moment where Kara for the first time says she loves her life, resonated for a couple of reasons. It was the pinnacle of this run, a time where Supergirl finally reached a point of loving herself and who she was. It was also a sad moment because it meant this creative team was moving on. It was the ultimate great comic moment and the ultimate tragic moment because it was an ending of a sorts.