I know a lot of people, including me, are annoyed that Power Girl lost her own title and now seems to be relegated to a supporting role in Mr. Terrific.
But one thing that annoys me more than almost anything, maybe because it's such a small thing, is Karen's now-lost new secret identity. To me, this symbolizes what's wrong with the New 52 revamp. There are some good things about the revamp, but also some bad things, and to me, this is a symbol of what's wrong with it.
Towards the end of her now-cancelled series, they made a big deal about her really coming into her own. She talked with Clark and decided that she was really going to own the idea of a secret identity in a new way--so no more fooling around with it, she was going to go all out and make changes to who Karen Starr really was.
They make a big reveal. She now has reddish-brown hair and wears glasses. This was a couple issues before the end, if I recall. After that, they didn't really
deal with it for the last couple issues.
And now, in the New 52, she's blonde with no glasses again in her identity as Karen Starr in Mr. Terrific.
If I had to guess, I would say that when the original story arc was written about her new identity, the writers had no clue about the upcoming revamp. Then the last creative team came on and didn't bother with it because they knew it was all going down the toilet.
So the reason I don't like this is that it does exactly what DC said wouldn't happen--it makes the last several months pointless, at least in a continuing-story kind of way. Sure, I can still enjoy the old issues. But the whole point of a big new change in the character is that we get to see it continue, we get to see it play out, to see if it works or if it doesn't, to see if glasses and a wig will fool anyone, to see if she feels like it's too fake and she wants to stay a blonde. Basically, it just cuts the story, and thus the character, off at the neck.
And honestly, I didn't even care for the new red-hair-and-glasses look. But I was still interested in seeing what happened with it, and then that chance was taken away.
What do you think? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill, or was this annoying to you too?