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Things That Turned Out Bad – Power Girl’s Magical Virgin Pregnancy

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Things That Turned Out Bad – Power Girl’s Magical Virgin Pregnancy

In this column, I will spotlight plotlines by writers that probably weren’t a good idea at the time and have only become more problematic in retrospect. I’ll try to stick with stuff that’s more ill-conceived than flat-out offensive (like racist stereotypes of characters during the 1940s).

Today, based on suggestions by readers Shaun M. and Luke M., we take a look at Power Girl’s magical pregnancy…

A few months back I did one of these about Ms. Marvel’s pregnancy. I mentioned then that I wanted to get that one out of the way before I did this one, as they were so similar that I couldn’t really do this one without people bringing up that one. So now it’s time for this one!

Power Girl is famous for the problems Crisis on Infinite Earths caused with her origin. Originally she was the cousin of the Earth-2 Superman, but Crisis on Infinite Earths erased Earth-2, yet Power Girl remained. Paul Kupperberg decided to take a shot at giving her a new origin, and he decided to tie her in with one of his own creation, the ancient Atlantean sorcerer, Arion. Honestly, that idea itself almost qualifies for this column (but probably more of a “Remember to Forget” type of thing).

In Secret Origins #11 (by Kupperberg and artist Mary Wilshire), we see Power Girl’s new Atlantean origin…

The whole Atlantean aspect of Power Girl was not something that Keith Giffen was particularly interested in, so when Power Girl became pretty much just a Justice League Europe character, he didn’t do a whole lot with it. Even when Gerry Jones took over JLE as the scripter on the series (J.M. DeMatteis no longer wanted to script both Justice League books), nothing changed. However, when Jones took over writing duties entirely from Giffen in Justice League Europe #37 (by Jones, Ron Randall and Randy Elliot), he began to address it, including designing a new costume to reflect her heritage…

He also played up the attraction Power Girl had for her fellow Atlantean, Aquaman, as shown here in Justice League Europe #45 (by ones, Randall and Elliot)…

Next issue, while on their mission, they share a moment together…

But the following issue, Aquaman regrets it…

(the way that they depicted Aquaman in this series was seriously odd)

In Justice League Europe #50 (by Jones, Randall and Elliot), Power Girl and Hal Jordan then have a moment of their own…

Already this is getting pretty cheesy. Aquaman leaves the team in that issue, partially because of the now awkward situation between he and Power Girl.

The following issue (by Jones, Randall and Elliot now joined by Will Jacobs as Jones’ co-writer) has a hint that something is up with Power Girl…

The following issue (same creative team), Power Girl and Dr. Light are on a PR mission together, and Power Girl shows some more mysterious signs of something being up with her…

At the end of the issue, she reveals why she’s acting so weird…

Oddly enough, the next issue doesn’t address the pregnancy at all (Power Girl is not even in the issue).

#54 starts a two-parter where the League has their minds swapped into robot duplicates of their original bodies without them knowing it (Roy Richardson has now replaced Randy Elliot as the inker on the book – everyone else remains the same). So Kara is suddenly seemingly not pregnant, but she when she discovers this, she also makes a major revelation…

By the way, later in the issue, she expresses sadness over not being pregnant anymore.

Seriously, guys? This lady just had a virgin conception and her thought is, “Wow, this is great!” and not, “What the hell is wrong with me?! Why in the world am I pregnant without having had sex?”

Dr. Light’s freak out at the end was her discover that Kara was a robot. She tells Hal and Elongated Man, and Hal freaks out over the pregnancy news…

Anyhow, once that robot-body-switch story ended, Hal confronts Power Girl about her pregnancy, and does so in his own Hal Jordan-esque manner…

In #57 (guest art by Mike Collins and Romeo Tanghal), Power Girl has her first realization of “Oh, wait, fighting bad guys might be dangerous for my baby”)

So in the next issue (back to Randall and Richardson on art), Power Girl tells her teammate, Maya, that she is likely going to have to take a leave of absence because of the baby…

In #61 (with new artists Chuck Wotjkiewicz and Craig Gilmore), Power Girl suddenly has a protective sphere around her when she is in danger…

She uses it again the next issue…

In #64, it goes even further, with the baby communicating with her now!!

The next issue was part of the Judgment Day crossover of the then-three Justice League titles (Justice League America, Justice League International and Justice League Task Force), and Power Girl doesn’t play a huge role, just getting in a line when death and birth are temporarily frozen on Earth…

and then, the following issue (in the conclusion of the story) when they are returned…

The various Leagues all disband in the next issue. Power Girl goes off to search for someone (that someone is never named) (art by Anthony Williams)…

Go to the next page as Power Girl’s pregnancy progresses quickly!

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