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Power Girl Paperback – June 7, 2006

4.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 0 of 4 in the Power Girl Series

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Geoff Johns is a highly respected writer and has written a great many comics titles, including Infinite Crisis, Superman, Avengers, The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman and JSA. Amanda Conner is one of comics' top female artists, with credits on Birds of Prey, Codename: Knockout, Gatecrasher, Preacher, The Pro and Soulsearchers and Company. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401209688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401209681
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
When I started reading comics Power Girl was a member of Justice League Europe. I fell in love with the character immediately, not because of the way she looks, but because she was fallible. She was insecure, had problems with men, was unsure of the history of her life. I could identify with her more than with any other character.

(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.
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Format: Paperback
Over the years, Power Girl has had one heck of a convoluted history. Beginning with her pre-Crisis appearance in 1976, she was Kara Zor-L, the cousin of the Earth-2 Superman, who had also been sent to Earth, albeit in hibernation, and on a slightly longer path. Post-Crisis, her origin was altered to inexplicably connect to Arion of Atlantis. Since then, it's been anybody's guess as to where she really comes from. The POWER GIRL trade paperback collects several stories that are essential to explain who she is and where she really comes from. Honestly, this book does a good job towards setting the record straight, and while it didn't answer every question I had, it did enough. JSA fans should be very happy, as you can find what you need right here! Writers include Geoff Johns, Paul Levitz, and Paul Kupperberg, with artists Amanda Conner and Joe Staton, and several beautiful covers by Adam Hughes

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.
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Format: Paperback
Features issues #1-4 of JSA Classified, featuring a storyline that centers on Powergirl(a.k.a Karen Starr), a strong and independent female superhero. The writing is okay, but the artwork by Amanda Conner is superb(her version of Power Girl just might be the best)!

This collection also features some of her older stories, like Showcase #97-99 & Secret Origins #11
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This edition is a great collection of several key phases of Power Girl's storylines, beginning with her first in Showcase in the 1970's. She's unique among comicbook characters - she's essentially a knock-off of a company's own character (Supergirl), which in turn was a knock-off of yet another charcter owned by the same company (Superman)! And oddly enough, these 'knockoffs' quickly became their own charcters, though Power Girl did a better job earlier on than Supergirl did.

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.
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