Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Comic Book Review: Power Girl #11

Book Information
Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Amanda Conner
Colored by Paul Mounts
Lettered by John J. Hill
Cover by Amanda Conner

My All-Inspiring Opinion
Can I just say that out of all the comics I read, Power Girl is the one I anticipate the most?  Gray and Palmiotti do a better job at making Power Girl funny and serious than any other comic book title out there.  This issue wraps up the story from last month where Terra’s brain was mysteriously transferred into Ultrahumanite’s body, and vice versa with Ultrahumanite.  Now Power Girl has to fight Ultrahumanite-Terra and somehow get her best friend back.

Both Gray and Palmiotti month after month bring us hilarious stories that typically involve Power Girl getting really, REALLY peeved and kicking the shit out of some bad guys, while still finding time to shamelessly joke about her boobs.  This month, however, the writing team focused more on the seriousness of Terra’s brain transfer dilemma and how much that was affecting Power Girl.  This is not a negative bit of criticism by any means, just a nice change in the literary pacing. However, after thirteen pages of angst driven drama, the comedic value that has been attached to this title since issue #1 came back in fine form with the line from theTerra possessed Ultrahumanite…

Amanda Conner again brings delightfully entertaining art to Power Girl.  She creates these wonderful images that have a semblance of a Saturday morning cartoon show, yet there is a level of maturity within the art that puts her on the same pedestal and Jim Lee, Ed Benes, Gary Frank and Frank Quietly.  Many of the panels, like last month, are quite dark and sinister as Conner utilized, to the utmost degree, her uncanny ability to give each character some of the most expressive faces in comics to date. 

My Profoundly Climactic Conclusion
This is nothing less than one of the most entertaining comics from the month of April.  But with this being the next to last comic that will consist of the Gray/Palmiotti/Conner creative team, I’m sure we are all wondering how their last Power Girl issue will end, and how #13 will begin.  The only thing we can be sure of is that #12 will be outstanding, and we can only hope the following issue will measure up.

Writing: 10
Themes: 10
Art: 10
Overall: 10 out of 10

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