Power Girl makes an enemy for life in this issue with the hideous fate foisted upon the Ultra-Humanite. Ultra-Humanite’s plan to hold Manhattan hostage in exchange for Power Girl’s body (not like that) falls apart, and puts Power Girl in a position to save the day the way her cousin would.
While interest in this title may not be at a fever pitch, the feel of the book is exactly where it was at the star: full-blown classic superhero goodness. Gray and Palmiotti set the bar up high and have been playing this comic over the top. After all, we have a giant, albino gorilla taking an entire city hostage via controls activated by an organ-like set-up. Karen’s determination is matched only by her super abilities, and her actions help get her into trouble as well as solving the problems that she encounters. Gray and Palmiotti leave no doubt that “Power Girl” exists in a shared universe, with cameos from the JSA and a big save from Terra.
Conner’s art is as perfect as ever. Her characters have a cartoonish quality that evolves the characters from mere drawings into actors. The backgrounds are intensely detailed, resplendent with movement and subtle cues that deepen the story a bit more. One such example is when the cat looking out the window reacts to the falling spaceship.
This title is one of the more fun titles that DC is publishing nowadays. It has a Silver Age vibe to it while carrying itself with Modern Age independence. Of all of the books I read on a monthly basis, I am seriously considering sharing this one with my kids, as it is one of the closest examples to the comics I enjoyed growing up, minus the musty smell those older comics have nowadays.
Palmiotti and Gray threw a great deal at us in this first story arc, but in doing so hit the ground running. An old DC villain was repurposed and given a new reason for being evil, Karen sets up shop in New York and the readers learn of Karen’s deeper connections throughout the DCU. The writing duo are helping replenish the DC pool of characters and concepts in this title, much in the same way Keith Giffen has promised to do so with “Magog” and “Doom Patrol.” Power Girl isn’t a character I would follow without reservation, but the writing duo and Amanda Conner are a creative combo I would not hesitate to follow.