Palmiotti, Gray & Conner Off "Power Girl"

Wildly praised for its fresh and fun approach, "Power Girl" is a title described by its fans as one that, if you love superhero comics in their purest form, is an indisputable must-read.

Sadly, DC Comics announced today at MegaCon that the creative team that launched the title in May 2009 is leaving the book following the release of "Power Girl" #12. The new team replacing writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray ("Jonah Hex") and artist Amanda Conner is expected to be announced next week.

Palmiotti told CBR News that though the decision was difficult to leave, once Conner was no longer available for art duties, he and Gray felt that they couldn't stay and produce the same level of excitement month after month.

"We set out to give Power Girl an interesting supporting cast, a new job and a new life and give her the personality that we felt would stick with the character for a long time after us," said Palmiotti. "This book has a certain magic that the entire team brought to it that we couldn't be happier for.

"But Amanda always said she could just commit to the book for a year, and as we got into the series we realized that we just couldn't do the same type of book with another artist at this point and decided it was a good idea to leave with her and give another team a shot."

Palmiotti told CBR that launching any book is always a risk, especially Power Girl's first-ever ongoing series, but said thanks to a boost from superstar writer-turned-DCU Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, "Power Girl" hit the ground running - and the sky flying.

"Geoff did the heavy lifting for us when he did the 'JSA Classified' run with Amanda and me," explained Palmiotti. "After that, people wanted to see more, and we gave it to them.

"The book was sexy fun that didn't insult your intelligence and the art and storytelling was just charming. We were especially pleased with all the support female readers gave the title."

While Palmiotti said he and Gray have more stories to tell with Kara Zor-L, the writing team will tuck them away until they can return to the character with the rest of the "Power Girl" entourage.

"We feel we would want to only tell them with Amanda and [colorist] Paul [Mounts] involved, so who knows what the future holds," said Palmiotti. "But sure, we'd like to do more. How could we not? She's an awesome character."

Palmiotti teased he and Gray have another series or two coming from DC Comics that will be announced later this year and some projects forthcoming from Image Comics too.

The fan favorite writer also added that he hopes readers will stick with the book because the new creative provides lots of "bang for your buck."

"They are a brilliant choice and my only suggestion to them is to keep it all fun."

"Power Girl" #10 flies into comic book stores across North America on March 24.

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