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"Power Girl" #4 Reviewed!

Babs reviews the latest issue of 'Power Girl'

Babs Reviews Power Girl #4


 
 
 
Power Girl #4
Written by: Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Amanda Conner
 
Where to begin? I feel as though I have been giving characters I would not normally give a chance, a chance. Dare I admit I almost like Power Girl? Alright I will admit, she is an okay character. I can recall a time when I felt that Power Girl was the last comic book character I would ever be caught reading. I think most of us can agree that PG is most well known for her cup size; that isn't why I have been disinclined to read her comics, however, (let me be clear, I don't discriminate against cup size). I simply assumed that she was an oversexed character that catered to the male readership. I completely underestimated good writing, and now I can eat my words. Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti write her really well, proving that Power Girl is more than just a busty blond, but a character with a lot of depth who is a blast to read! The fourth installment in the series proves that comics can be fun again! I cannot fail to mention the fact that Amanda Conner's art work brings a wholesomeness to the character that most artistic interpretations fail to do. 
 
One thing I absolutely adored about this issue was the fact that I did not need to read the previous three in order to grasp what was happening in the story. From what I can tell, each issue is structured as a self contained story making the books in this series relatively easy to pick up if you are new to the character and the series. I can not stress how much I love that! If I can read a comic book, be entertained, and not have to research the plot and subject material in order to understand what is happening, it makes reading the book all that much better.
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Posted by Nahero

i loved the issue as well the art was great and the dialogue was so funny

Posted by Joe Venom

 Lol, the guy hitting on PeeGee is Wolowitz and the crew from  "Big Bang Theory" it is so like his character on the show.

Posted by G-Man
@Joe Venom said:
"  Lol, the guy hitting on PeeGee is Wolowitz and the crew from  "Big Bang Theory" it is so like his character on the show. "
I thought that was a great cameo.  Can't wait for the show to start back up.
Staff
Posted by MrCipher

@Babs 
Great review. I liked that word "wholesome". I'm not a holy roller stuck on family values but I really believe that the "darkity-dark mcblack cool to be bad" characters have taken over comics in the last 10 - 15 years. It's refreshing to see a wholesome character (no matter what cup size she is). 
Thanks for offering something reminiscent of that silver age morality with light-hearted tones.
Posted by DMC

 Hey Babs just thought of something. 
 
Maybe Jimmy had Terra take off her pants to give us a literal (yet humorous) portrayal of the concept of super heroes "running around in their underwear". Most female Super Heroes do anyway, if not it's skin tight.

Edited by potsmokinnuns
@DMC said:

"  Hey Babs just thought of something.   Maybe Jimmy had Terra take off her pants to give us a literal (yet humorous) portrayal of the concept of super heroes "running around in their underwear". Most female Super Heroes do anyway, if not it's skin tight. "

that totally slipped past my mind when she did that. i just thought of Starfire and her lack of caring if she's clothed or not.
Posted by DavidLeVack

I hope Benny Hill makes a cameo in Power Girl!

Posted by No_Name_
@DMC said:
"  Hey Babs just thought of something.   Maybe Jimmy had Terra take off her pants to give us a literal (yet humorous) portrayal of the concept of super heroes "running around in their underwear". Most female Super Heroes do anyway, if not it's skin tight. "
I think you are definitely on to something!
Posted by JillPantozzi
@DMC said:

"  Hey Babs just thought of something.   Maybe Jimmy had Terra take off her pants to give us a literal (yet humorous) portrayal of the concept of super heroes "running around in their underwear". Most female Super Heroes do anyway, if not it's skin tight. "


I think you probably have it right. It also speaks to Terra as a character. If you read the mini-series the same creative team did with her you learn she is from below the Earth's crust and really has no idea about how humans operate. So she probably saw PG stripping down and assumed that's what she was supposed to do in that situation, whether she had a costume on underneath or not. I'm really happy with the interaction the two had this issue. It's cool that PG has a friend and Terra will be able to learn a lot from her.  

 @Babs: I highly suggest picking up issues 1-3 as well. There's lots of great character moments in there as well. Not to mention some really cute art. So you never really liked PG huh? Is it because people over-sexualize her at times or something else? Did you get to read the interview I did with Amanda? She talks a lot about how she's been presented in the past and how they plan on using her in the ongoing.  
 
http://www.girlsentertainmentnetwork.com/gen-interview-amanda-conner/    
Posted by No_Name_
@JillPantozzi: Yup! I've read interpretations of her character in the past that did play on her as an oversexed character which is why I've been disinclined to pick up her titles. You can't imagine how pleased I was to be proved wrong! This book, at least for me, is a perfect example of what fantastic writing can do for a character and I felt that reading Gray and Palmiotti's interpretation of PG reintroduced me to her and gave me a better look at who she is, past her buxom exterior ;) . They play her up to be this tough, no nonsense chick; and I don't think there is enough of that in comics. I'll be the first to admit I judged based on her cover, and found there is so much more to PG than the obvious.
 
I actually loved your interview with Amanda! I thought it was really fantastic! (I thought I told you) :) I think I saw it when you posted it last week (at least that's when I read it). :)
Edited by DavidLeVack

wow, I just read that bit with the wearing a costume, and the line about trolls and ogres and I'm thinking maybe he should stick to inking.

Posted by FoxxFireArt

I like the irony they have in taking a character who has a very 'lustful' body, but write her in a more wholesome manner. Just because she's a girl with a stacked body doesn't mean she's automatically predisposed to lots of sex and it seems like a simple out for a writer to depict her as such. I think characters with a twist are more interesting to read.
 
I never really liked the idea of having super heroes running around in such skin tight outfits. Normally, when you are being active you select something that has ease of movement.
The cute banter reminds me a lot of the kind of talk yo can get from my favorite comic writer, Fred Perry.

Posted by Dark Cell

thx for the review
Posted by goldenkey

The sound is low again girl.  I could hear it, but it wasn't easy.  You need one of the mics that you can put on your shirt like the news anchors.
Posted by goldenkey

Don't you wair your costume under your clothes Babs.
Posted by Bruce Vain

I've always loved Power Girl ever since Kingdom Come and I my good friend Cammy looks exactly like Power Girl lol. Ever since I told her that she bought a toy of Power Girl lol. So I had to send her this review lol. Nice review Babs.
Posted by JillPantozzi
@Babs:  Well good, I'm glad you gave her another chance!  And thanks. :)
Posted by No_Name_
@goldenkey said:
" Don't you wair your costume under your clothes Babs. "
Always, dude.
Posted by Xion

I really liked this issue, even more when the monster reminded me of Godzilla =)

Posted by Omg chris

i havent seen the review yet but let me guess babs gave it a 3.5 out of 5

Posted by Media_Master

Art feels like a good time to be had

Edited by Press Oblivion

I really felt that Terra stole the show for the second issue in a row and I'm not really crazy about that notion. PG seems to be written very differently in JSA and JSA vs, Kobra than what's being presented in her own title.  It seems that the character of Power Girl has been lost in this stigma of being a character that you can throw away and have silly fun with, which is cool, but her main title seems to be undermining the more mature leader that she's being molded into through peripheral titles. 
 
Her character as written in JSA vs. Kobra is downright scary but meeting more of her potential as part of the Superman lineage. The way that she's playing off of Terrific is great and I'd really like to see her main title have more of that feel. 
 
I am glad that @babs is coming around to the character though, It's good to see that this title may be exposing more readers to a great character. . . . I'll put the bucket away for you Babs.

Posted by NightFang

Great review and the art was really nice.

Edited by Racer_X

who is that girl ?
Posted by No_Name_
Posted by Racer_X
@Babs said:
" @Racer_X said:
" who is that girl ? "
Which? Power Girl or Atlee? "

the one in the video with the comic
Posted by No_Name_
@Racer_X said:
" @Babs said:
" @Racer_X said:
" who is that girl ? "
Which? Power Girl or Atlee? "
the one in the video with the comic "
You mean, me? LOL
Posted by Racer_X
@Babs said:
" @Racer_X said:
" @Babs said:
" @Racer_X said:
" who is that girl ? "
Which? Power Girl or Atlee? "
the one in the video with the comic "
You mean, me? LOL "

oh kk 
whats a staff?
Posted by No_Name_
@Racer_X said:
" @Babs said:
" @Racer_X said:
" @Babs said:
" @Racer_X said:
" who is that girl ? "
Which? Power Girl or Atlee? "
the one in the video with the comic "
You mean, me? LOL "
oh kk whats a staff? "
It means I'm in charge.
Posted by Racer_X
@Babs said:
" @Racer_X said:
" @Babs said:
" @Racer_X said:
" @Babs said:
" @Racer_X said:
" who is that girl ? "
Which? Power Girl or Atlee? "
the one in the video with the comic "
You mean, me? LOL "
oh kk whats a staff? "
It means I'm in charge. "

oh ok
Posted by Joey_Jellico

You can be "in charge" of me any time Babs.

Posted by LastSon1027

I loved PeeGee 1-3 and I can't wait for this one. But Babs you're killing me with the post it notes on the pages, ahhhhh what if you tear the page or pull up some color taking them off, it's like nails down a chalkboard. ;) 
Great review though!

Posted by TheBug

I'm looking forward to picking this up. The last three issues were just boring. This is what I want, funny character moments.
Posted by cascadeking09
i can tell u really like this one, babs.  u seemed so happy to review it.
Posted by No_Name_
@Joey_Jellico said:
" You can be "in charge" of me any time Babs. "
Freaking hilarious. I mean it. I laughed.
Posted by cascadeking09
@Racer_X:  r u new?
Posted by DMC
@Press Oblivion said:
" I really felt that Terra stole the show for the second issue in a row and I'm not really crazy about that notion. PG seems to be written very differently in JSA and JSA vs, Kobra than what's being presented in her own title.  It seems that the character of Power Girl has been lost in this stigma of being a character that you can throw away and have silly fun with, which is cool, but her main title seems to be undermining the more mature leader that she's being molded into through peripheral titles.   Her character as written in JSA vs. Kobra is downright scary but meeting more of her potential as part of the Superman lineage. The way that she's playing off of Terrific is great and I'd really like to see her main title have more of that feel. "
I don't think PGs character has been lost at all, if you ask me it's lost in the JSA book. I will admit the only PG I've read is JSA Classified (Power Trip), the Terra mini and JSA vs Cobra #1-2. 
 
I think one of the goals of the solo book is to show readers the other dimensions of Power Girl's character that you won't get in JSA book where she's just the mature Chairwoman. I'm sure her maturity will be portrayed when necessary but (IMO) the book will mostly focus on everything else.
Posted by Pheeke

looks great, i think the disney like art fits for this kinda comics!
Posted by Pheeke

looks good, i think the disney like art fits a comic written like this :)
Posted by Press Oblivion
@DMC said
I don't think PGs character has been lost at all, if you ask me it's lost in the JSA book. I will admit the only PG I've read is JSA Classified (Power Trip), the Terra mini and JSA vs Cobra #1-2.   I think one of the goals of the solo book is to show readers the other dimensions of Power Girl's character that you won't get in JSA book where she's just the mature Chairwoman. I'm sure her maturity will be portrayed when necessary but (IMO) the book will mostly focus on everything else. "
I can't disagree with what you have to say here.
Posted by Press Oblivion
@DMC said
I don't think PGs character has been lost at all, if you ask me it's lost in the JSA book. I will admit the only PG I've read is JSA Classified (Power Trip), the Terra mini and JSA vs Cobra #1-2.   I think one of the goals of the solo book is to show readers the other dimensions of Power Girl's character that you won't get in JSA book where she's just the mature Chairwoman. I'm sure her maturity will be portrayed when necessary but (IMO) the book will mostly focus on everything else. "
I can't disagree with what you have to say here.
Posted by kunglu

I started to pick up Power Girl just cause of Amanda Conner's art and stayed with cause it's a fun book among all the big on going epic stories out there I'm currently reading. (Dark Reign, Dark Avengers etc. etc. Blackest Night) I also have been checking out Wonder Woman on your recommendation. Picked up the past few resent issues, so far so good. Thanks