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The history of Supergirl and Power Girl is a perfect lens for DC Comics continuity

Crazy continuity is the superhero world’s biggest strength and weakness

In the first episode of Issue at Hand, Polygon’s comics expert, Susana Polo (me), walked you through the first 50 years of DC Comics continuity shakeups. For my second episode, I’m walking you through the next 60 by telling you all about the history of Supergirl and Power Girl.

Both Kara Zor-El and Kara Zor-L are teenage cousins of Superman from different, parallel versions of the planet Krypton. And after 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, pretty much everything about their origin stories was a problem.

Also, Supergirl was dead.