Power Girl#1 arrives on Sept. 5, 2023, from writer Leah Williams, Eduardo Pansica and variant cover artist Jonboy Meyers. Equipped with new powers and a new name following the events of Lazarus Planet and Action Comics , Power Girl will see Paige enter a new era as she tries to save Superman and his family from an ultra-deadly threat. DC teased of the series, “After the events of Knight Terrors a long-dormant Kryptonian threat has returned to take down Superman and his family. Who could possibly stop it? Well, according to Superman, it’s Power Girl.”
I’m not sure who this Power Girl is. is she the one from the Worlds’ Finest series with Huntress from the Earth 2 where Kal El died? That Power Girl was confident and sure of herself, this one not so much.
Even the Power Girl from the silly series about D level heroes for hire was more like classic PG than this one. Karen Starr was a good character and I just don’t know what is happening with this Paige person. If she is the PG from Earth 2 how did she get stuck here again? We just saw the Earth 2 Superman Val Zod in Jon Kent’s book why isn’t he looking for PG?
Like I said, I don’t know who this Power Girl is and where she came from.
I have to say, I’m bummed that this is the book they’re spinning out into its own series. I have not been enjoying the backups at all. It’s cool that Kara is getting some spotlight with the huge push on the Superfamily, but I just wish they would have gotten a stronger team on it (writing wise. The art has been fantastic.)
I’m pretty jazzed about this. I have been enjoying the backups in Action Comics. I wish it was more of an original character situation instead of Power Girl and Omen since both of those characters feel like they are being mischaracterized. Either way, I have been enjoying the story and the art is beautiful. Plus if you put Johnny Sorrow in a anything, you have my money. Hoping they stick around going forward.
I will say after the Powergirl special I’m disappointed because I want to see more and I feel like this was a holdout for something more in the Powergirl series. Hopefully Omen returns because I really like her friendship with Karen/paige/Powergirl.
Likewise this doesn’t matter now but knowing that Powergirl says in this story that she never saw herself as part of the superman Family, I didn’t know how I felt about it, but I get it now. It’s sorta my own view on how Helena Wayne and how her Family is more with the JSA than with the Bat-family. So it’s resolved now but I did like the idea Leah Williams was working with.
I liked the Power Girl Special. Posted my full reactions here:
I really enjoyed the Action back-ups too. I’m a bit confused about all the negative reactions. I’ve been reading these nice little dives into superhero psychology, hang-up, and trauma that have managed to do a lot with limited page space. They star a Power Girl who can be a bit quick to temper and who pushes people away just as she pretty much always has. Aside from the fact that she now goes by Paige (which I could take or leave though it was a nice moment when she got the name), she has felt like the same, old Power Girl to me. The concept has been a strange twist in PG’s tale, but, I really do believe it’s been genuinely good.
I’ve been a Power Girl fan since before Crisis on Infinite Earths. I’ve always made an effort to collect all of the issues that Power Girl appeared in. I enjoyed the pre-Flashpoint Power Girl, and even the new Flashpoint Earth-2 version of Power Girl. I was happy to see the pre-Flashpoint Power Girl return to comics along with the JSA.
However, this revamp of Power Girl makes her unrecognizable to long time fans. This is not our Kara. Changed her costume, OK it’s passable. Changed her name, NO she is forever Kara in my mind and not this new Paige. Paige is someone else. Changed her powers, giving her an astral punch to help other heroes overcome mental problems? Not the kind of stories that many Power Girl fans want to read. Maybe Power Girl can use these powers against herself to knock herself back to the way that she used to be. Come on DC, you know that fans are resistant to change when it comes to their favorite characters.
Why does this Paige person swear so much? Heroes should set a good example to others, no swearing! She swears as much as Lobo!
I love that Power Girl is getting her own series, but I’m not sure that I want to read this version of Power Girl. Remember the DC Rebirth principle, stick to the best traits of the characters that fans love. Don’t change the character so much that you turn off the fans and sink your sales.