Superman and a forgotten version of Supergirl from another world are able to give birth to arguably the strongest Kryptonian in comic history.
In the long history of the DC Universe, one of the most powerful beings to ever exist is, naturally, the daughter of Superman and Supergirl. But since the two heroes are Kryptonian cousins, their superpowered offspring has a forgotten Superman-family replacement to thank for her creation.
Following the events of the epic Crisis on Infinite Earths, the traditional Supergirl Kara Zor-El was wiped from DC’s main continuity, making Superman the sole survivor of Krypton. To replace her, a dying New Earth girl named Linda Danvers was introduced, destined to be merged with a Matrix that could mimic the shape and powers of Superman. Thus, the new Supergirl was created. And the story only gets stranger from there.
The Future Supergirl Has More Than Kryptonian Superpowers
Ariella is naturally blessed with all the classic Kryptonian powers, with the added abilities to both teleport and travel through time at will. Her power is on full display in Supergirl Vol 4 #100000 by Peter David and Dusty Abell, where Ariella is shown to have grown into this godchild capable of mastery over entire universes without even trying (referred to as “playing”). While the conception of both Ariella Kent and her mother is complicated enough to urge most readers to forget this chapter, the godlike ability of this future Kent is another time where Supergirl should not be overlooked.
Audiences are starting to see Superman’s canonical son, Jonathan Kent (who, it’s worth noting, is half-human on his mother’s side) get a greater spotlight in recent years, slowly meeting his potential as one of the planet’s most powerful beings. But even he has yet to showcase the next-level abilities and power levels that Ariella is able to pull off as a child purely by accident.
It may be easy to brush aside this comparison since the two Kent children exist in different continuities, but it raises an interesting point about Kryptonian strength DC has seldom (if ever) delved into. The scope of Ariella’s power showcases the potential possible in a child born of two Kryptonians… even if one of those Kryptonians is no longer canon in the current continuity of the DC Universe.
Superman himself is one of the strongest heroes on planet earth, while this Supergirl is just as powerful thanks to her Matrix origins. So it’s no surprise that by combining their bloodlines, Ariella Kent becomes the strongest Kryptonian to ever be portrayed in comics.