Title: Power Girl: A New Beginning
Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Artist: Amanda Conner
Genre: Superhero / Action / Adventure
Have I Read It?: Hell yes.
Suggested For: fistaphobia
[via Amazon] The fan-favorite writing team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (JONAH HEX, TERRA) team with popular aritst Amanda Conner (JSA CLASSIFIED, TERRA) for the rip-roaring solo adventures of Power Girl. She bursts from the pages of the JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA to star in her own series. Power Girl wants to build herself a secret identity but a major villain from her past, the Ultra-Humanite, has other plans in store for her and to get his way, he’s holding Manhattan hostage. Plus, a trio of sexy alien marauders hits Earth for the ultimate party. Unfortunately, by their standards, that means destroying it!
I have been reading superhero comics on and off pretty much since I’ve been able to read. And in all that time, there is perhaps no character that was less appealing or absurd to me than Power Girl. I don’t know why, exactly. She had a convuluted backstory. A terrible costume. I’ve never been a fan of Superman (to which family tree Power Girl belongs). I just didn’t care.
Then a couple of years ago I heard about this new run of Power Girl. Good things. Great things. Week after week. I had a peek and the art caught my eye. A clean, fun, cartoony style. I found myself at my first comic convention around the time that issue #4 was out, so I picked it up and grabbed #1-3 as well.
I fell in love.
This comic was so fun and fresh. It was funny and sexy in a non-salacious way. It was the polar opposite of a lot of the gritty, brooding books that dominated the shelves, and it made me instantly care about this character. I was immediately hooked. The writing team of Palmiotti and Gray and artist extraordinaire, Amanda Conner, stayed on the title for 12 issues. This book collects the first six. I’ve recommended this for fistaphobia because he seems to like fun and art and women, of which this book has plenty. A real joy to read.