Artist: Hendry Prasetya
Colorist: Jessica Kholinne
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Art: Sami Basri
Before I Begin….
Wow! It’s a miracle!! Having a good number of comic book subscriptions has taught me that I will always get my comics a week (and sometimes two weeks) after they hit the comic book stands. Yet, Monday evening I stood amazed at the fact that, after I got the mail and opened the plastic wrapped comic book, I was holding Power Girl #26…two days before it was supposed to be in comic book stores for sale. This is a first! If only the subscription service was always this prompt.
In The Meantime…
This issue of Power Girl finds us in the midst of a new writer, JSA All-Stars superstar Matthew Sturges! Power Girl has now reached the ultimate point of superherodom…by making a special guest appearance at the first ever Power Girl convention! Of course, in perfect tradition of comic book folklore, no superhero can have a little bit of fun without a little bit of chaos trailing close behind. So what does Power Girl do when her biggest fan is an alien trespasser who wants to kidnap Pee Gee to be her planets personal body guard?
It wasn’t until I opened to the first page when I realized Judd Winick wasn’t going to finish out the Power Girl run before the DCnU revamp kisses her goodbye. I took me a little bit before I got over this sad and unfortunate fact and relished in the knowledge that a just-as-capable writer is taking over the final two issues of one of my favorite titles. And Sturges doesn’t disappoint as he continues the humorous and hokey approach that started when Jimmy Palmiotti was in charge of the literary duties.
Sturges has a little fun by taking the world of cosplaying and integrating it into the DC Universe. Smart move as I’m sure cosplaying will be at its all times highest with ABC and NBC filming the upcoming Comic-Con to be broadcasted on national television. I’ve always enjoyed a good, well-made costume, especially when those costumes represent the heroes I adore the most. I’ve never actually had the privilege of attending a major comic book convention before (something I hope to rectify very soon) but I can only imagine that the amount of star struck fans is exactly like this…multiplied by 100!
But this issue wasn’t truly about how awesome Power Girl is, but more about how much confidence she instills in her loyal fans, promoting the concept of “Girl Power,” as Pee Gee so puts it. And in the corniest way possible, Sturges allows this to come to life by providing the perfect opportunity for three of her most loyal fans to save Power Girl from the clutches of a new alien enemy. We all love a story where the unlikely hero saves the day, and even better when it’s the cute preteen (I am NOT a pedophile) who plays the most significant role.
I was a tad bit confused as to where in the world (is Carmen Sandiego) those magical alien clayfaces came from. I’m certain Sturges wants us extend our notion of disbelief and accept it for what it is…science fiction…which means it doesn’t need explanation. But I can’t help but wonder why the Hell they popped out of nowhere and said BOO! But, this is me, a fan boy, unable to let things go and get so nit-picky that I allow it to dictate my entire opinion and perception of the entire issue. I shall step back and just accept it for what it is and enjoy the unrealistic fun that comes along with Power Girl.
Hendry Prasetya, as always, puts his best effort out there and delivers some outstanding pencil work. Page one shows us a Power Girl with a black curtain behind her delivering a moving speech that’s bound to have a punch line at the turn of a page. I swear, it doesn’t matter who the artist is, Power Girl has the best serious glare of any superhero in the DC Universe. Something about her brings out the best in any artist. I’m perfectly content and happy with Prasetya finishing up this series as its main artist.
With only one issue left to go, I’m not sure how to deal. I’ve been on board with power Girl since the beginning. It’s been the most consistently awesome title published by DC Comics…right after the Secret Six. Ugh, my sorrows are only going to grow from this point.
9 out of 10 stars