Friday, November 6, 2009

Comic Book Review: Power Girl #6

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art and cover by Amanda Conner
Variant cover by Guillem March

The Female alien trifecta continues to cause mayhem and destruction their first day on Earth. Power Girl, who has had enough, makes a final attempt at stopping the space girls gone wild to send them back where they came from. However, we learn the alien invaders are not on a mission of destruction, rather on a mission of discovery and to just have a little fun.

In the meantime, Power Girl receives a letter containing photos of her changing into the super hero outfit on top of her apartment rooftop. As Power Girl worries about the dangers surrounding her secret identity being reveal to a phantom player, she consults Terra in a very meaningful conversation about the two lives she leads and how it will affect the people around her.

My Thoughts
I can’t help but feel like I’ve read this issue before. Palmiotti and Gray continue to delve into the private life of Power Girl and the new aspects in which she is embracing. With that, and the private conversations and shopping splurges with Terra, we seem to have back tracked into September’s issue. Don’t get me wrong, the issue is still fun and exciting to read, but this issue seems to have been a step down since this series began six months ago.

Now, along with the old material, some new developments have arrived. Power Girl has a new stalker and we haven’t been given any clues as to who this could be. (But who could blame the creep right? She’s gorgeous!)

My biggest disappointment with the end of this story arc “Space Girls Gone Wild” is the lack of character development. I would have liked for this arc to have gone on into issue #7 to give me a chance at learning more about the space girls, their planet Vega 7, and why they ran away from home. The trio has a lot of potential to play interesting parts in future stories, which is why I think Palmiotti is keeping them around at a Heffner-like estate.

Conner once again steps up to the plate with artwork unrivaled by most artists. And to be honest, I really don’t want to see Conner leave this book. Only within six issues, she has established herself as THE defining artist that makes Power Girl who she is and I have trouble seeing anyone else drawing her. Even in the latest issue of Justice Society, I saw Power Girl and thought to myself “that can’t be her, it just can’t!” Conner, you have spoiled me.

Decent, above average. Power Girl still maintains itself as being the more humorous and fun title on the comic book stands right now, but this particular issue was quite flawed. However, seeing as how I still enjoyed every page, this issue deserves a high rating, but probably won’t make the top five for the month.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Next Issue Coming 12/16/2009
A blast from the past! The alien Vartox has come to Earth to claim a wife—and her name is Power Girl! PG may have wanted a boyfriend, but not quite like this! The fan-favorite team of Palmiotti, Gray and Conner craft another winner!

1 comment:

  1. Nice review Jimmy! Caught up on this series at a friends place the other day after liking the teams Supergirl strip in Wednesday Comics - great stuff!

    The washing the cat scene in #5 was hilarious.