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Trying Too Hard

June 12, 2009

     At long last, Superman’s cousin from an alternate universe, Power Girl, gets her own series.  Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, it features her returning to her alter ego of Karen Starr and starting back up her electronics company, Starrware.  She ends up gathering an eclectic group of employees, while refusing to hire one bizarre genius who insists that he could help the company force morals and thought patterns onto the entire human population.  While she’s in Manhattan, a mysterious storm hits the city, psychically affecting its inhabitants to cause mass hysteria.  Shortly later, robots invade, and Power Girl comes in to try and rescue people.  She gets kidnapped, and the villain behind the attack is revealed to be Ultra-Humanite.  He then offers her a choice.  Either she gives her body to him, or he destroys Manhattan.

     The desire for people to love this series oozes out of every page and bit of dialogue.  It’s like Palmiotti and Gray didn’t believe that the character by herself is enough of a selling point, so they had to try and make her sound cooler and make everything more interesting and hip.  Unfortunately, it weakens the plot and the dialogue.  Way too much dialogue and too many narration boxes.  I rarely say a comic book is too text heavy, but this one is.  Besides, it’s difficult for me to take it seriously when Power Girl calls something sexist.  Her costume is sexist, as even though, in universe, she created it, it was actually created by Gerry Conway.  A man.  And the whole costume revolves around the window around her cleavage, which is not at all functional.  If that pisses anyone off, fine.  But it’s the truth.  Amanda Connor is the perfect artist for this book.  She, Terry Dodson, and Adam Hughes are probably my three favorite artists for drawing women.  Unfortunately, nothing really interesting has happened yet, so I feel like her talents are wasted.  I really hope this series picks up, because Power Girl deserves it.  The writers just need to let things happen more organically and stop trying to force the story.

Plot: 5.6      Art: 8.8      Dialogue: 5.2      Overall: 5.9

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