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Cover Date: January 2006
Cover Price: US $ 2.50
Issue Tagline: Supergirl's Farewell
Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue
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In a Peruvian prison, the newly-incarcerated Lucia is instilling horror in her fellow inmates. Her calm, calculating demeanor leaves the probably valid impression that she's as close to soul-less as mortals get. While some may see this as a vice, Talia al Ghul, still working for Lexcorp, sees her bloodsport as a "passion" to be harnessed. Securing her release, she gifts Lucia with a black stone, which gives her as-yet-undefined powers. Meanwhile, in the Amazonian Fortress of Solitude, Supergirl drops by to tell her cousin that she's leaving Earth to help Donna Troy. Kal is worried that she hasn't had time yet to learn enough from Earth to be of best use off-world. He grows even more concerned as they discuss the events of the "Sacrifice" story arc, and Kara reveals that she agrees with Wonder Woman's actions. Kal has little time to contemplate the fact that Diana may be exerting more influence on his cousin than he can before the Fortress' alarms sound, announcing a crisis in Metropolis.As a team, the Last Son and Daughter of Krypton streak off to battle against the Lucia. She seemingly easily overpowers Kal, who, mid-fight, orders Supergirl to return to the Fortress for more information about the blackrock that has empowered Lucia. Lucia, clearly in the superior position in the battle, decides that Kal's death is less preferable than killing Kara and having him remain alive to consider how he couldn't save the "girl who came with" him.Inexplicably, she manages to find, and more impressively, breach the Fortress of Solitude. She is disappointed to discover, however, that Supergirl is the stronger of the two heroes. She tries to reason with Lucia--and, much to Kal's approval, to prevent Lucia from killing herself. Unfortunately, something happens (which the art doesn't make particularly clear) that seems to collapse the Fortress of Solitude and Lucia possibly dies. Unconvinced, the Kryptonians determine to look more closely at the site. Kal, however, waves Kara off, giving her leave to join Donna.Lex Luthor, monitoring events from afar, is seen to enjoy a glass of Talia's wine while the pair discuss the future of Lucia, the blackrock, and their still-ambiguous plans for Superman and the DCU.
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Though mentioned in earlier issues of Superman/Batman and Supergirl, vol. 4, this issue seems to offer objective "proof" that Supergirl (IV) is stronger than Superman (III). It is probably the first instance of the two fighting the same enemy, using more or less the same basic powers, and coming up with demonstrably different results.
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