One of the things* I love about the current Power Girl series, is how much fun the team of Gray, Palmiotti, and Conner inject into the adventures of a heroine not quite of this world or dimension. The fourth installment of the series is no exception, as Power Girl and Terra check out a slasher flick, take on Godzilla, and have a run in with the boys from The Big Bang Theory.
The big story for this issue is an attack by the Fae folk on the Brooklyn Bridge.Â The lead fairy spouts all the latest environmental speak in the tone of those who have been playing Dungeons and Dragons too long.Â And that isnâ€™t a reference to Rodrigo and the rest of the gang currently running their own podcast, thatâ€™s really how she speaks.Â And it makes perfect sense once Power Girl figures out all the monsters and weirdness areÂ magical illusions cast by a Mundie who is trying to go all eco-terrorist on NYC.Â Instead of giving the girl a big pounding, Kara ends up letting her go, and giving her a recommendation for possible job internship.
Yeah, itâ€™s not much of a story when explained in a paragraph, and thatâ€™s okay.Â The battle, while taking up the largest chunk of the issue, isnâ€™t really the message flowing through the book.Â Â Whether it is the nerdy 16-year-old who wants to save the planet, Terra fighting monsters in her underwear because she wasnâ€™t wearing her costume under her real clothing, Kara trying to find the perfect apartment to call home, or even the awkward, yet hilarious exchange between Kara and Howard Wolowitz, itâ€™s really about not quite fitting in, and the moments Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti use to highlight this theme is well executed.
Iâ€™m beginning to think Amanda Conner can do no wrong when it comes to art.Â Her lines are tight, and she really has a grasp of the human form as a cartoon caricature.Â Connerâ€™s style really captures the art style I like when reading my comics, and I wish there was a lot more of her work out there to read.Â If you liked the Archie Legion style from back in the day, then Conner is your go-to artist to bring that feeling back.Â If a DC editor is reading this, and Iâ€™m pretty sure there is, get Conner on the next story arc of Legion of Super-Heroes and see how well it sells.
I like the done-in-one nature of this issue, as it gives readers a chance to breathe after the big Ultra-Humanite over-the-top story, yet sets us up for the next big Earth shaking event being built up for issue #5.Â Even better, Gray and Palmiottiâ€™s writing is fast paced and tight, so thereâ€™s really not a dull moment in the issue.Â Even the in panel gags, and background material offer enough extra material to keep the eye from roaming or wandering around the page.
I honestly donâ€™t know how much longer the Power Girl series will last. Two more issues for certain to make the trade count, but while the series continues to sell well above 30,000 copies per issue, it also continues to fall month after month, which is a complete shame because Power Girl has all the charm and charisma of a series that could and should be a Top 20 seller each month.Â For those wanting a fun read in a time of undead DC heroes running around killing everyone, Power Girl #4 brings a smile and some fun and earns 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
*Those Matthyzpltk phrases donâ€™t work on me, in case you were wondering.