The 2005 Supergirl series was originally collected in nine volumes that, unfortunately, skipped a number of issues that were part of crossovers. A tenth volume collecting the final issues #60-67 was also solicited but later cancelled. The good news is that, starting in 2016, the entire series is being reprinted in double-sized trade paperbacks that include all the issues.
The titles of the original volumes are listed here for reference. They are still available in digital and, in some cases, in print.
Old Trade Paperbacks
- Supergirl Vol. 1: Power
- Supergirl Vol. 2: Candor
- Supergirl Vol. 3: Identity
- Supergirl Vol. 4: Good and Evil
- Supergirl Vol. 5: Way of the World
- Supergirl Vol. 6: Who is Superwoman?
- Supergirl Vol. 7: Friends and Fugitives
- Supergirl Vol. 8: Death and the Family
- Supergirl Vol. 9: Bizarrogirl
New Trade Paperbacks
Supergirl Vol. 1: The Girl of Steel
Collects Supergirl #0-10 & #12 (originally published 2005-2006). Supergirl #11 takes place AFTER #12 in-story. The series picks up after the 6-issue origin story in Superman/Batman #8-13 (the animated movie was better).
The first 19 issues of this series were poorly received, leading to a soft reboot starting in Supergirl #23 when Matt Idelson replaced Eddie Berganza as Superman group editor. These issues run from mediocre and uncomfortable under Jeph Loeb (#0-5, #12) to terrible under Joe Kelly (#6-10). The next volume is even worse.
Written by Jeph Loeb (#0-5); Greg Rucka (#6) Joe Kelly (#7-10), Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray (#12); Art by Michael Turner, Ian Churchill, Ed Benes (#6), Ron Adrian, Ale Garza, Amanda Conner (#12).
Supergirl Vol. 2: Breaking the Chain
Collects Supergirl #11, #13-22 and a short story from DCU Infinite Holiday Special (also available digitally).
The Joe Kelly issues are the absolute nadir of this series. Nearly all his terrible ideas were, mercifully, retconned away by Sterling Gates in issue #34 as being the result of kryptonite-induced hallucinations. The Tony Bedard-written & Renato Guedes-pencilled issues (#20-22) are wonderful, despite being part of the Amazons Attack! crossover. Save your money and just buy those digitally.
Written by Joe Kelly (#11,13-19), Tony Bedard (#20-22); Art by Joe Benitez (#11), Ian Churchill (#13-15), Alé Garza (#16-#19), Renato Guedes (#20-22).
Supergirl Vol. 3: Ghosts of Krypton
Collects Action Comics #850 and Supergirl #23-33. The series turned around immediately in these issues. Early issues feature a soft reboot of Kara’s origin story that paint her parents in a much more heroic light than the Loeb/Kelly run. For the first time in Supergirl comics, we see Alura as the brilliant scientist who built Kara’s ship rather than her father, and Zor-El is restored to being a normal, caring father and husband. The art is also fantastic for most issues. On the other hand, the second storyline featuring a young boy with cancer to whom Supergirl makes an impossible promise, wasn’t well received by some readers.
Written by Kelley Puckett, Will Pfeifer, James Peaty (Supergirl #23-33), Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza, Geoff Johns (Action Comics #850); Art by Drew Johnson, Lee Ferguson, Rick Leonardi, Ron Randall, Brad Walker (Supergirl) #23-33, Renato Guedes (Action Comics #850).
Supergirl Vol. 4: Daughter of New Krypton
The beginning of the Sterling Gates/Jamal Igle run and the long-running “New Krypton” storyline that would intertwine the Super books from 2008-2010. Collects Supergirl #34-43. Reprints #35-36 for the first time in a Supergirl trade.
Written by Sterling Gates; Art by Jamal Igle, Matthew Clark, Jon Sibal and Keith Champagne; Cover by Joshua Middleton.
Supergirl Vol. 5: Hunt For Reactron
On sale Jan 22, 2019
Contents to be determined. The DC Comics Fall 2018 catalog lists Action Comics #881-882 (crossover appearances) and Supergirl #45-46, which is obviously incomplete. I would bet the final product includes Supergirl#44-50 plus the two AC issues.
It’s the end of the road! The violent escalation of Supergirl and Flamebird’s blood feud! Kara’s first encounter with Nightwing! And the conclusion of Supergirl’s hunt for the man who killed her father, Zor-El…Reactron!
Supergirl: Beyond Good and Evil (out of print)
For two years she has fought the good fight, the world still views her as a lesser version of the Man of Steel. What will it take for the most powerful girl on Earth to prove herself? Supergirl’s quest will take her from her own past on the doomed planet of Krypton to the distant future of the Legion of Super-Heroes; from the edge of the universe to a mysterious planet where the name of Supergirl is feared and hated.Written by Kelley Puckett (Supergirl), Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza, Geoff Johns (Action Comics #850); Art by Drew Johnson, Lee Ferguson, Rick Leonardi (Supergirl), Renato Guedes (Action Comics #850).
Supergirl: Way of the World (out of print)
A young boy is about to succumb to cancer and Supergirl makes a promise not to let him die – a vow she will take drastic measures to keep. Superman and Wonder Woman believe Kara’s obsession is dangerous and want her to stop. But Supergirl is determined.Written by Kelley Puckett, Will Pfeifer, James Peaty; Art by Drew Johnson, Ron Randall, Brad Walker.
Collects Supergirl #43 and 45-47, Action Comics #881-882 and Superman Secret Files 2009 #1.
Spilling out of the stunning finale of “Codename: Patriot,” Supergirl and her best friend Flamebird find themselves banned from planet Earth! Though the Kryptonian childhood friends find themselves at each other’s throats, they must work together if they’re going to track down the man who murdered Supergirl’s father, the human known as Reactron!
Written by Sterling Gates and Greg Rucka; Art by Jamal Igle and others.
Supergirl Vol. 8: Death and the Family
Collects Supergirl #48-50 and Supergirl Annual #1.
The Silver Banshee returns and this time she’s after an artifact that could break her family’s curse. Meanwhile, Lana Lang’s mysterious condition gets worse. Can Supergirl save her?
Written by Sterling Gates, with Helen Slater & Jake Black (Supergirl #50: A Hero’s Journey). Art by Jamal Igle, Cliff Chiang and others.
Supergirl Vol. 9: Bizarrogirl
Collects Supergirl #53-59 and Supergirl Annual #2.
Enter Bizarro Supergirl! But how did she get to Earth and what does she want? The real Supergirl better find out fast, or else there won’t be much left of Metropolis to save! And to make things worse, an even bigger threat looms on the horizon with an eye for the Girl of Steel.
Written by Sterling Gates; Art by Jamal Igle and Matt Camp.
Supergirl Vol. 10 [CANCELLED]
A final trade paperback was to have been released to collect the final issues in the series, Supergirl #60-67. It was cancelled by DC Comics and never re-solicited. These issues will likely be collected in the new deluxe editions.