Hypothesis: 'Power Girl No More'

Posted by sora_thekey (8185 posts) - - Show Bio

Here's where I tell you what I think will happen in... well comics!

Kara Zor-L, better known as Power Girl, is one of the most popular DC characters in comic books. Whether it is her strength as a female protagonist or the fact that she has large breasts, Power Girl has been a character who can hold her own series, rouges gallery and fans. The question is, what will be of her after September's DC Comics Revamp?

Power Girl #27

Recap: Power Girl is a Kryptonian, Crisis on Infinite Earths survivor from Earth-Two. As the alternate version of Supergirl she is distinctive because of her... physical appearance. She goes by Karen Starr and is a member of the Justice Society of America.

Facts: After the recent announcement that all 52 ongoing DC Titles would cease publishing to make way for new "First Issues" many asked what would happen to Power Girl. Periodically, DC Comics released a list of new number one issues and none of the 52 new titles showcased Power Girl. Sara 'Babs' Lima interviewed Bob Harras and Eddie Berganza and touched upon this topic:

CV: Will we be seeing Power Girl in the future?

Bob: Yeah, she'll be around.

CV: But not in her own title?

Bob: No, she won't have her own #1 title, but Karen Starr will appear in one of the 52 titles.

Is it strange that Bob Harras refereed to her as Karen Starr and not Power Girl?

After reading that Harras refer to Kara Zor-L as Karen Starr I got to thinking. When the DC Comics Revamp happens will Power Girl survive? She is an alternate dimension's Supergirl. The revamp is also ignoring another popular alternate universe title: Batman Beyond. Maybe DC Comics is holding off on alternate versions of their mainstream characters.

Hypothesis: Karen Starr is a computer programmer when she is not saving the world with her Kryptonian abilities. I am guessing that in this new DC re-telling, Karen's powers will be stripped or repressed until later on. For now we just need to keep our eyes peeled for where this computer programmer will appear.

If my hypothesis turns out to be true I am sure many Power Girl fans will be disappointed but I doubt DC will put one of their most popular characters in the back seat for too long. Is it a bit far fetched that this will happen?

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#1 Posted by DEGRAAF (7912 posts) - - Show Bio

or maybe Karren Starr will be Kara's new cover
#2 Posted by sora_thekey (8185 posts) - - Show Bio

@DEGRAAF said:

or maybe Karren Starr will be Kara's new cover

I didn't think of that... Good one!

#3 Posted by Blurred View (363 posts) - - Show Bio

I love Power Girl, but I'm surprised to hear that she's going to be around after the relaunch. Her continuity-heavy origin is exactly the kind of thing you wouldn't want in your revamped universe. So I wouldn't be surprised at all if we see some major alterations to the character and see her in a role like being a supporting cast member in Supergirl's book.

#4 Posted by Kal'smahboi (3567 posts) - - Show Bio
@Blurred View said:
I love Power Girl, but I'm surprised to hear that she's going to be around after the relaunch. Her continuity-heavy origin is exactly the kind of thing you wouldn't want in your revamped universe.
These are exactly my thoughts. She's basically the leftover Supergirl from the Golden Age. That was three reboots ago.
#5 Posted by sora_thekey (8185 posts) - - Show Bio

@Blurred View: I like that idea also. There's a chance Karen Starr is a supporting cast for the Supergirl book.

#6 Edited by xkoenig (385 posts) - - Show Bio
@sora_thekey: good summary, and I like your hypothesis. Any reason for the choice of computer programmer? Do you think that will be her role? I totally agree, I think she will be depowered, but hey, maybe she will gain abilities somehow!
#7 Posted by sora_thekey (8185 posts) - - Show Bio

@xkoenig: When Power Girl tookon the Karen Starr name she became a Computer Programer. She doesn't have to do the same thing but that's what Starr does.

#8 Posted by Krakoa (505 posts) - - Show Bio

Great post! At least she'll be around in some capacity. Some of us are still waiting for other characters. cough cough Billy Batson, to get some kind of acknowledgement from DC's top brass. 

#9 Posted by azza04 (1492 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm thinking that Karen Starr might be a human who gains Kryptonian powers in a manner similar to how Ms. Marvel got hers.

#10 Posted by DEGRAAF (7912 posts) - - Show Bio
@sora_thekey
i wouldnt mind seeing Karen Starr as a supporting role character with out powers in the supergirl book. Maybe she could be the first person really befriends. I just keep thinking that with this new DCU they are trying to rebuild and refine and what would be a better way to refine then to role two of the same characters in to one new character, showing a mix of both. I always liked Supergirl but i always thought she was almost too playful and nieve. Powergirl on the other hand i thought was too serious and mission driven. I think roling the characters in to one would be good for both of them. 
 
 
@azza04 said:

I'm thinking that Karen Starr might be a human who gains Kryptonian powers in a manner similar to how Ms. Marvel got hers.


Thats would be interesting
#11 Posted by MydLyfeCrysis (106 posts) - - Show Bio

I do remember DC (can't remember just who right now) said that Power Girl will be appearing in one of the 52. But which book and to what capacity, we have no idea just yet. I agree that DC would be silly to put her in the void for too long.

#12 Posted by DEGRAAF (7912 posts) - - Show Bio
@MydLyfeCrysis
is it the interview in the OP
#13 Posted by tonis (6183 posts) - - Show Bio

Despite the fact they like to mess with her, hell they made her Atlantean after crisis, I think she'll get through this and maintain her identity. (eventually)

She's a rare character in the DCU who has managed to keep things connected across the reboots, they can't or at least shouldn't ignore that.

#14 Posted by comicdude23 (11331 posts) - - Show Bio
@DEGRAAF said:
or maybe Karren Starr will be Kara's new cover
That.....could happen!
#15 Posted by comicdude23 (11331 posts) - - Show Bio

She might be changed, but her Earth 2 origins won't be. I bet.

#16 Posted by lorex (958 posts) - - Show Bio

Power Girl is a favorite of mine and I for one hope she doesn't disappear or become a supporting character for Supergirl. She has a long and well established history and is a too big name in her own right to be relegated to the sidelines.

#17 Posted by BlackArmor (6138 posts) - - Show Bio

Just cause they said Karen Starr doesnt mean she wont be Power Girl we may be overreacting they might change her origions though

#18 Posted by PowerHerc (85335 posts) - - Show Bio

@lorex said:

Power Girl is a favorite of mine and I for one hope she doesn't disappear or become a supporting character for Supergirl. She has a long and well established history and is a too big name in her own right to be relegated to the sidelines.

Damn right.

She's better than Supergirl will ever be and deserves to stay around.

#19 Posted by Selvokaz (200 posts) - - Show Bio

someone mentioned that she might appear in the new mr terrific title, supposedly because the writer mention something to the effect of "A character that everyone wondered if they would appear in the nuDCU will be in the first issue."
#20 Posted by PrinceIMC (5422 posts) - - Show Bio

I could see her being Mr. Terrific's back-up they might just have to adapt her history again. I'm assuming that the 52 multiverse will still exist so they could still just have her being an alternate reality version of Supergirl who is getting her own book correct?

#21 Posted by Press Oblivion (1656 posts) - - Show Bio

Power Girl and Terrific would make a great team.

#22 Posted by achilles100 (240 posts) - - Show Bio

Good God, is that Karen Starr on the cover of Voodoo #2?!?!  Holding a GUN at Voodoo's head?!?!  It looks very, very much like her, right down to the color scheme of Power Girl's clothes, but why would she need a gun, as either Karen Starr or as Power Girl, unless she has no powers?!?
 
Now the artist IS Sami Basri, and maybe he's just drawing a busty blond who happens to look just like PG as Karen....but still....
 
Not liking that idea.

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