Power Girl gets her own ongoing series and it’s as confident as the character deserves. Writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Amanda Conner hit the ground running as Peege learns an old Superman adversary is behind the latest attack on New York. And he has big plans for her. Peppering the action are flashbacks showing Peege in her long-neglected secret ID of Karen Starr, refocusing her old software company into an ethical engineering company.
That’s not as dull as it sounds – there’s plenty of room for mad science, as interviews with prospective staff show. There’s also humour, with a terrific gag centred on Peege’s snow globes collection which inclines me to stop moaning about the businesswoman’s upfront assets. I’m such a hypocrite.
But at least I’m not going to spoil it by duplicating the panels here; I’d rather you tried this book, which is a lot more interesting than the fun preview in recent DC comics hinted. Peege is written not as the hothead she’s too often seen as, but a smart, capable cookie. Yes, she bristles when faced with an idiot sexist, but she doesn’t lose her rag. Better still, she’s a great superhero, respected by New Yorkers and opponents alike.
The new supporting cast look fun and as drawn by Conner, full of character. I’ve taken an immediate liking to chatterbox Martie Lieb, partly because Karen does and I’m already comfortable with her as a solo character. Peege herself has rarely looked better, cute, strong and smart as a tack. She looks especially great as the smartly dressed Karen, and her apparent assistant, Simon, is equally natty – I do like a dapper comic book.
And this is a very likable comic all round. It deserves to do well.