Friday, May 26, 2006
Isn't She From Krypton? II
Though I'm aware that we shouldn't put too much stock in what appears on the covers of our comics, 52 Week 3 has a "crawl text" on the bottom of the cover reading "Power Girl unleashed!" Consequently, though I had found the previous two issues of the title somewhat lackluster, I had high hopes for this one.
I was disappointed.
Things start off well enough, with Power Girl ably in pursuit of a villain, but it went wrong for me when it became clear, in the middle of her appearance, that Power Girl was included in the story not on her own terms, but rather as a device to bolster Black Adam's general bad-assery.
I know he's got the power of Shazam. At this point, who's not aware that he's got no compunction about tearing people limb from limb? But (even though he's surprised her in mid-flight), I don't think Power Girl should allow even Black Adam to get in her face like he does in these two panels:
Sure, I'm interested in learning exactly how many people died during the crisis. And I also welcome any opportunity to understand Black Adam's motivations. But I don't think the writer needed to make Power Girl look like a powerless child in order to achieve either of these ends.
Though I had other expectations for the new DCU, it appears that Power Girl is destined to remain a permanent "girl" figure. Though I haven't ever thought this before, maybe the multiverse was a better place. In Power Girl's case, her existence on Earth-Two meant that a writer could depict her as powerful as she needed to be, without any concern that her strength levels might need to be modulated or lessened out of concern for any of the other active Kryptonians.
Power Girl shouldn't take any @#$% from anybody.
Yeah, she really does need to be eye-to-eye with him, not backing down.
Is anyone else having trouble publishing posts today?
I just realized I spent $2.50 on this comic, and $3.50 on Justice. Wow.
We've seen Clark in 52, do you think we'll see Diana and Bruce also?
That artist should never draw her again.
Sigh. There I go again.
Nida: Power Girl and scared are words that definitely do not belong together. I'm beginning to think that appearances by the big three in 52 (outside of Donna Troy's "History" section) might be cameos, like Clark's was.
Ragnell and Nida: Yeah, the art was a problem on several levels — clearly the penciller had other goals, since he didn't even try to provide Power Girl with a realistic physique or costume.