Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Comic Book Review: Power Girl #12

My apologies for this exceedingly late review.  I have been in the process of moving as well as being at a week long competition.  I would have just skipped this review, but seeing as how I love Power Girl, Amanda Conner, Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, I just had to review this issue. 

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

My Awe-Inspiring Opinion
As most reviews throughout the World Wide Web have stated, the bitter-sweetness of this 12th installment of Power Girl is so over powering that I wasn’t sure if I could read the entire issue without thinking, “damn, will Power Girl ever be the same?” The literary duos of Palmiotti and Gray, along with the artistic talents of Amanda Conner have been the driving force behind this title. I don’t think a comic book has ever been so blessed to have such a perfectly suited creative team at its helm. There wasn’t anything profound about this issue; it was nothing but pure fun and relaxation.

#12 is one big wrap-up, bringing back some characters to give Power Girl that final frustration of reliving everything she’s gone through within this last year; there’s the meeting a Terra’s parents and being introduced to a new food group, Fisher comes back to say thanks to Power Girl to help fulfill his young, hormonal state of mind, and Vartox is sent home packing. (And to be perfectly honest, I don’t think I’ve seen Power Girl that pissed off since issue #1, WOW!) And amongst all reunions, fond farewells, and the naming of her odorous feline, I couldn’t help but think that this run with the Gray, Palmiotti, and Conner team up went by WAY TOO FAST! But all good things must come to an end huh?

Let’s move on from the sad state of things and talk about the issue as a piece of literature shall we? I don’t know who takes the lead in dialogue, whether it be Palmiotti or Gray or both, but whoever it is, that person rocks! It’s some of the more intelligent and clever set of dialogue that I’ve seen, but this issue really goes above and beyond. The banter between Vartox and PeeGee is very humorous, as is the awkward conversation between her and Fisher. But more than ever, Power Girl’s ability to befriend so many strangers is quite impressive. She is as much of a genuine and loving super heroine that Wonder Woman is…PeeGee is just a tad bit more feisty is all. Even her pet cat (officially named Stinky) she seems to love and hate at the same time, but still gives everything she can to it.

Artistically, I think you all know what I’m going to say, this issue is flawless. Amanda Conner didn’t hold anything back for this last issue, especially when it came to showing off jus how much of a sex icon Power Girl is. It’s even funnier because Power Girl tries with all her might not to portray that image, yet events keep coming up that force her breasts to the center stage. But other than making PeeGee a sex goddess (much more so than Vartox I might add) Conner’s ability in giving every character wonderfully emotional expressions and her use of definitive lines is what I adore the most. Yes the coloring is great, Paul Mounts knows what he is doing, and the layout is amazing, but Amanda Conner just knows how to draw!

My Profoundly Climactic Conclusion
And there we have it! The founding Power Girl creative team is done. Next issue, DC brings to you Judd Winick on writing, and Sami Basri on art. I like Judd, but boy is it going to be hard to transition.

Writing: 10
Themes: 10
Art: 10
Overall: 10 out of 10
With 1 incentive point

1 comment:

  1. I'm not normally a DC reader but something attracted me to this comic book (whatever could that have been...?). Despite the aforementioned obvious, it was Palmiotti and Gray's brilliant humour combined with a sauciness that somehow managed not to slip into sleaziness that encouraged me to stay with the book. Absolutely tremendous fun.