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Power Girl Paperback – June 7, 2006
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(Spider-Man, the character most people associate as the character with real-life problems was Marvel's biggest character, guest starred in everybody's books, and was married to a red-headed supermodel by the time I started reading comics)
Power Girl's history is complicated. When the DC Universe consisted of a number of alternate Earths, Power Girl was an alternate version of Supergirl. For some reason, after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC kept the character active, but in order to do so they gave her a new origin in which she was actually from ancient Atlantis sent forward into the future with her memory altered for her protection.
Over the last few years Power Girl has been appearing in JSA, written by Geoff Johns, who has been dropping hints that Power Girl isn't actually from Atlantis. Then in JSA Classified # 1-4 (part of this collection) he finally explains her origin. But first he messes with us. Not only is there the possible Kryptonian and Atlantean origins, but added to the mix is a possible connection to the Legion of Superheroes!
Being a Power Girl fan, I read the monthly issues as they came out, and I was taken on a roller-coaster ride of possibilities. The writing is good, but it definately helps to know Power Girl's background in order to follow the story. Amanda Conner's artwork is excellent, beautifully capturing character and action and drama.Read more ›
The collection begins with SHOWCASE #97-99 (1976), which details Power Girl's pre-Crisis origin. This is a great Earth-2 adventure, written by Paul Levitz and with art by Joe Staton. It features Jay Garrick, Alan Scott, Brainwave, and other classic DC characters before the Crisis on Infinite Earths wiped their timeline out of existence. SECRET ORIGINS #11 (1987) provides her post-Crisis origin, in which writer Paul Kupperberg replaces her sensible Kryptonian origin with her being the granddaughter of the sorcerer Arion of Atlantis. Yes, it's just as inexplicable as it sounds - this is truly the nadir of Power Girl's story. It also highlights one of the major problems I have with the effects of the Crisis: the fact that many of the characters were afterwards keenly aware that their original timelines had been eliminated.Read more ›
This collection also features some of her older stories, like Showcase #97-99 & Secret Origins #11
Power Girl's other unique feature is her roulette-wheel-style series of origins, which is what this collected edition demonstrates. In a nutshell, originally she was the Earth-2 Superman's cousin, like Supergirl is/was for Earth-1's Superman (brief comics history - DC had established a 'multiverse' to account for why they had characters from the 1930's & 1940's who were still young in the present day; the explanation was, essentially, every few years, we switched over to a parallel universe where the characters were just getting started). When DC revamped its continuity in 1985 (see 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' which was recently released in an 'Absolute Edition'), it was decided that the multiverse would become one universe, Supergirl was killed off, but Power Girl (due to fan popularity) would survive. However, since part of this reorganization involved having Superman be the sole survivor of Krypton again, the people at DC were left to try and figure out how to account for Power Girl's existence in the newly formed universe.
The other stories in this collection show the attempts, which were not entirely successful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thanks for having this in stock A big fan and enjoyed reading this on a great story and art workPublished on November 27, 2013 by paulusmc
If you are a fan of "Power Girl" like I am you must own this collection of her origin stories. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Matthew S. Robinson
Sometimes things get complicated. In long series and comic story arch's its frequent some character's background getting messy.
Power girl is one of them. Read more
Power Girl is, as this book can attest, a difficult character to get into, easily dismissed due to her appearance, and those mature enough to look beyond it found huge problems... Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Frest Humphrey
I decided to check this trade out to learn more about Power Girl and where she comes from. After reading it I can say that I'm more confused now than ever before. Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by S. Penrose
took a little while to arrive and had a slight bend on one of the corners but beside that, it was fine.
There are three basic stories within this collection that help the reader to build their knowledge of one Ms. Power Girl. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by dirt55
This a good origin story to the character it's also a prelude to Infinite Crisis.As we go there her past who was,how she came to be,And how she is now. Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by Jordan Sprnger-rogers