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Review: Power Girl #18

Power Girl's more kick ass than I've ever seen her.

Power Girl squares off against her evil duplicate for a knockdown drag-out brawl in the tundra, and the outcome might just finally bring her close to Maxwell Lord.
 

The Good

This might be the first time I've ever read a Power Girl comic and thought she was a stone cold bad ass. Fights are literally a dime a dozen in comics and it's, thus, especially hard to make one stand out from the other - - so it's saying a lot that PG's fight with her evil duplicate was absolute powerhouse. Basri's art has so sleek and collected before - - I didn't know he had this kind of force in him.

The Bad

As much I'm digging the art, I do have to question some of the designs, as Sivana's goons reminded me an awful lot of the new Cylons from Battlestar Galactica and PG's evil duplicate costume almost did look too much like a bartender's outfit (then again, I'm not really complaining about that.)

The Verdict - 4/5

Winick and Basri had a really tough act to follow when they took this book over from Palmiotti and Conner.  They've succeeded in not only keeping the fun that made the book so appreciated in the first, but also in giving their own dynamic, kick-ass spin to PG's adventures. Also, I won't spoil things, but this perfectly coincides with the surprise at the end of this week's Brightest Day, getting me seriously excited about where things are heading for the Maxwell Lord mystery.
17 Comments
Posted by NightFang

Cool issue.

Posted by Eyz

PG's evil double??
Yummy! :P

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

Her dupe's costume is almost a reversal of her own.

Posted by MintBerryCrunch

Power Girl is cool

Posted by SlightConfuse

i toghut ths book was going to be bad after connor,grey and palmotti left but it has been solid can't wait tot read the issue

Posted by brc2000

I thought that tying this book to current DC events would make this book less interesting, and am generally not big on Winnick, but the issue was cool and I'm really looking forward to the next one..

Posted by Darkmount1

I really liked this issue, and I haven't even picked up earlier ones! (Though I have read them as well.)  As a fledgling Crisis historian, Power Girl I've always liked as a character because of her status as one of the two (the other being Superboy-Prime) remaining living survivors of the original DC Multiverse.

Posted by Pizawle

Another book I'd love to get completely caught up on, if I just had the funds.

Posted by Dr. Detfink

I haven't seen a battle with larger DDs than Torie Wilson vs. Melina.

Posted by Cybexx

I started reading with Power Girl #13 as Winick and Basri took over, this is the series I look forward to most each month. I did go back and read the Palmotti, Gray, Conner run as well as the Terra mini-series that ties into it and I loved all that, Winick's writing is not quite as fun but it makes up for it with intrigue. 
 
Conner and Basri are probably tied for me, Conner's animated cartoon look allows an amazing amount of character expression, while Basri's is much more realistic, detailed but very distinct.

Edited by mrtrickster

love this series.  maxwell lord is super badass
but as much as i love the super sexy cat fight i still thinks the clone thing is kind of overdone.

Posted by WW-Fan

this series gets better and better! this issue was amazing! i actully think Power Girl is my favorite Title right now
Edited by Joe_Amazing

I can't say enough good about this title.  I thought after Palmotti and Conner left the title it'd go downhill.  Was I ever wrong.  PG remains one of my favorite DC heroines; and not just based on looks (although that is a pretty big plus).  She's sassy, fun, tough and determined.

Posted by harleyquinn12

I'm really enjoying Winnick and Basri's run so far. I really miss Palmiotti, Conner and Grey(asked Conner and Palmiotti about doing a new Terra project-we all can dream, can't we?)I think these guys are worthy successors.

Posted by frogjitsu
@Emperor Gonzo Noir:  Your mentioning her costume reversal, it reminded me of this Bizzarro Power Girl by CallMePro at deviantArt.
Edited by frogjitsu

After reading all the praise for this book, I may have to start picking it up again.  After Conner and company left, the book just wasn't as fun, and since I've been so busy, it kind of fell by the way side, but I may give it another chance.

Posted by megacomicslover

Woah..that was one action packed issue!
Enjoyed much :-)