Okay, I’m late to the party. It’s been a busy week and I am still catching up with last week’s comics. Seventhsoldier already did a write-up of this book which can be read here. I pretty much agree with everything he said. So, why do another review? Basically, I want to support this book.
Power Girl isn’t going to cure cancer. It’s not going to redefine comics as a medium a laWatchmen. No one’s going to have their mind blown. It won’t make anyone’s top ten list of books you have to read. But Power Girl has one thing going for it that is very rare in comic books these days.
Power Girl is a fun book. The tone is light; from the writing to the art. (And the art is gorgeous.) Despite the lead characters convoluted back-ground, PG #1 is new-reader-friendly. Everything you need to know is summarized on the first two pages. And even if you skip the origin story, you’ll still be fine.
The star of this book is Amanda Conner. I’ve always been a fan of her slightly cartoony style. And it’s a perfect fit for the slightly cartoony Power Girl.
Conner can do it all. This issue calls on her to do action scenes and board room conversations. The “talking heads” stuff is filled with expressive faces that really let you know what the characters are thinking. The dialogue balloons are unnecessary. And the action scenes are just, well, they’re fun, dammit!
It’s not a perfect book. The issue is largely set-up as we meet the characters who will presumably make up Power Girl’s supporting cast. And I found the writing to be unnecessarily wordy. But at least it kept the book from being a quick read.
Overall, my complaints are minor. I’m ready to overlook them in exchange for a book that is just plain fun.