Manhattan is under attack from a swarm of tick-toc robots.Â To make matters worse, there is some kind of psychic attack going on at the same time that is causing the populace to turn on each other.Â With Superman off world, Batman apparently dead, the JSA is in Chicago, the JLA in shambles, and the Green Lanterns in deep space dealing with their Rainbow Bright issues, who you gonna call?Â Thatâ€™s right, the girl with the boobs.
The Terra/Power Girl series from DC gave Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Amanda Conner a chance to prove that Power Girl can be a solid hero that isnâ€™t all mopey over her found again/lost again Earth-2 and her issues with that other Supergirl.Â With quick witted writing, and stunningly good art, the mini-series quickly became a must read at Major Spoilers Corporate HQ.Â With a new ongoing, it once again returns to the top of the stack (even if this review is a week late).
I donâ€™t claim to know everything about every DC character out there.Â Sure, I can crack open the DC Encyclopedia if I want a quick backstory, but unless there is something drastically out of continuity, I can go with the flow.Â Thatâ€™s the case with Karen Starr and her Starrware Labs.Â At some point in time, she actually had a company that that worked to build a better world. Powergirl has decided to get over her past hang-ups and get a fresh new start by settling in the city that never sleeps, and start her business anew.
These flashback moments are really well done, as not only do we get to see Karen interacting with everyday people, readers also get some very funny moments involving Karen asking a prospective employee to stop playing with her globes.Â These moments not only give Gray and Palmiotti a chance to stretch their legs in the Funny-Ha-Ha department, it gives Amanda Conner a chance to show off her fantastic art skills and knowledge of camera angles and placement to make the cute moments cute, and intense moments more intense.
And the intense moments are well done as well, as Power Girl blows through robot after robot, until she is lifted into the mother ship and comes face to face with the Ultra Humanite.Â This reveal was the only bit of writing disappointment in the issue.Â Most of us know who the Ultra Humanite is, but for those who donâ€™t, Power Girlâ€™s inner monologue reveals the name of the villain.Â So why did the writers insist on having Power Girl proclaim his name?Â Itâ€™s redundant writing that is redundant.
Turns out that big albino ape is hoisting the entire island of Manhattan into the air and holding it hostage simply to get Power Girl to give her body over so the villain can transfer his brain into her. The series is called Power Girl, and not Ultra Humanite Girl, so Iâ€™m pretty sure sheâ€™s going to save the day and her body before itâ€™s all over.
But it isnâ€™t the action, that Iâ€™m in this series for.Â Iâ€™m more interested in the quiet moments – those moments when Karen isnâ€™t battling 50 foot monsters, but dealing with her life outside of the windowed costume.Â Power Girl #1 is a really good start to something that could become a great series if given the chance.Â Solid writing, and awesome art earn Power Girl #1 a solid 4.5 out of 5 Stars.