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Power Girl #10

Posted: Monday, March 29, 2010
By: Shawn Hill

Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Amanda Conner
DC Entertainment
"War on Terra"

Plot: Power Girl! Terra! Satanna! Manhawks! What?

Comments: Time to take stock as the current team winds down its year on the title. I'm not very familiar with current foe Satanna, except to note that she has one of the worst costumes I've ever seen (leopard-print body armor?) and doesn't seem really worthy of her demonic name. I mean, she's evil and experiments on animals, but it's all about vengeance for Kara's defeat of the Ultra-Humanite in the first arc of this series.

The lighthearted tone of this title is generally charming, but I think it may be time to take Karen Starr in a more serious direction. Terra can't seem to understand the benevolence of Kara's daily actions, or of her corporation that is trying to improve lives through technology, wondering why on a visit to the workplace Power Girl doesn't just use her powers to get what she wants. Somebody's not big on understanding how the –El family works.

The cover of the issue, and the major subplot, involves a young comic book fan who is exploiting his knowledge of Kara's secrets for personal gain and prestige. Her visit to his comic shop to appease him and augment his status is a humorous sequence that demonstrates her maturity and generosity (despite her peeved expression on the cover). It's nice to see the writers and Conner giving a generally positive spin to the modern day comic shop, and everyone learns a lesson or two about sharing and stardom.

The battles (with the Manhawks, with Satanna, and ultimately between BFFs Terra and Power Girl) are, as always, depicted well by Conner. She really understands how Terra's earth manipulation works with very dynamic visuals, but the story is otherwise pretty thin. There's got to be more than Satanna just making life hard for Kara, and by issue's end, there is. Terra's change in attitude is a subtle depiction, and it's quite in line with what we know of the title's main villain. Ending up where we began with the Ultra-Humanite could work just fine for the next two issues. But, after many months of rambunctious space babes, alien lotharios, and a would-be demi-goddess, I think I'm ready for a regular old criminal case or two.



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