Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Chairwoman of the JSA

In Mark Waid and Alex Ross' Kingdom Come, an alternate future universe that is partially being folded into the present-day DCU, Kara Zor-L was called Power Woman by her comrades-in-arms.

This is Alex Ross' impressive cover to JSA #8, posted at

Now, more than ever, calling her Power Girl seems just wrong, doesn't it?

I was wondering about this last year, how even though she's a mature adult, I still liked her as Power Girl. I think I decided that "Girl" gace a sense of enjoyment, that she's likes the beating up bad guys, saving the day parts of being a hero. It's not just a job, it's an adventure you know. And I thought if she changed to Power Woman, it might indicate she was getting more serious, less enthusiastic about it. She would still save the day, but it would be more of a job.

There's no reason it would have to turn out like that, but that was what I thought of at the time.
CP: I hear you, man. But it just seems strange to me to call her "Girl" now that she's chairwoman of the team and also interacting with Stargirl, who's younger and less mature. Given the events of Infinite Crisis and her status in the "new" DCU, PG has been depicted as having "grown up" quite a bit, hasn't she?
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