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Geoff Johns is a highly respected writer and has written a great many comics titles, including Infinite Crisis, Superman, Avengers, The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman and JSA. Amanda Conner is one of comics' top female artists, with credits on Birds of Prey, Codename: Knockout, Gatecrasher, Preacher, The Pro and Soulsearchers and Company.

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
The Many Lives of Power Girl 14 Jun. 2006
By Steve Fuson - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I started reading comics Power Girl was a member of Justice League Europe. I fell in love with the character immediately, not because of the way she looks, but because she was fallible. She was insecure, had problems with men, was unsure of the history of her life. I could identify with her more than with any other character.

(Spider-Man, the character most people associate as the character with real-life problems was Marvel's biggest character, guest starred in everybody's books, and was married to a red-headed supermodel by the time I started reading comics)

Power Girl's history is complicated. When the DC Universe consisted of a number of alternate Earths, Power Girl was an alternate version of Supergirl. For some reason, after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC kept the character active, but in order to do so they gave her a new origin in which she was actually from ancient Atlantis sent forward into the future with her memory altered for her protection.

Over the last few years Power Girl has been appearing in JSA, written by Geoff Johns, who has been dropping hints that Power Girl isn't actually from Atlantis. Then in JSA Classified # 1-4 (part of this collection) he finally explains her origin. But first he messes with us. Not only is there the possible Kryptonian and Atlantean origins, but added to the mix is a possible connection to the Legion of Superheroes!

Being a Power Girl fan, I read the monthly issues as they came out, and I was taken on a roller-coaster ride of possibilities. The writing is good, but it definately helps to know Power Girl's background in order to follow the story. Amanda Conner's artwork is excellent, beautifully capturing character and action and drama. There are no generic drawings here (you know, how some artists draw the same pose over and over?). Every panel has a feeling of life to it, even when the characters are just sitting there talking.

Possibly because Power Girl's background is so complex, this volume also collects some of her past exploits and origin stories. Still, it helps if you know about DC's multiple Earth history, and if you've read Crisis on Infinite Earths. This story is also a good prelude to Infinite Crisis, a sort-of sequal to Crisis also written by Johns.

If you love Power Girl like I do, this is a must have. If you don't love her like I do, this is still a good read.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Power Girl's historical housecleaning 18 Jun. 2006
By Babytoxie - Published on
Format: Paperback
Over the years, Power Girl has had one heck of a convoluted history. Beginning with her pre-Crisis appearance in 1976, she was Kara Zor-L, the cousin of the Earth-2 Superman, who had also been sent to Earth, albeit in hibernation, and on a slightly longer path. Post-Crisis, her origin was altered to inexplicably connect to Arion of Atlantis. Since then, it's been anybody's guess as to where she really comes from. The POWER GIRL trade paperback collects several stories that are essential to explain who she is and where she really comes from. Honestly, this book does a good job towards setting the record straight, and while it didn't answer every question I had, it did enough. JSA fans should be very happy, as you can find what you need right here! Writers include Geoff Johns, Paul Levitz, and Paul Kupperberg, with artists Amanda Conner and Joe Staton, and several beautiful covers by Adam Hughes

The collection begins with SHOWCASE #97-99 (1976), which details Power Girl's pre-Crisis origin. This is a great Earth-2 adventure, written by Paul Levitz and with art by Joe Staton. It features Jay Garrick, Alan Scott, Brainwave, and other classic DC characters before the Crisis on Infinite Earths wiped their timeline out of existence. SECRET ORIGINS #11 (1987) provides her post-Crisis origin, in which writer Paul Kupperberg replaces her sensible Kryptonian origin with her being the granddaughter of the sorcerer Arion of Atlantis. Yes, it's just as inexplicable as it sounds - this is truly the nadir of Power Girl's story. It also highlights one of the major problems I have with the effects of the Crisis: the fact that many of the characters were afterwards keenly aware that their original timelines had been eliminated. In this case, the beginning of the story features Power Girl lamenting that Earth-2 is gone; therefore, she has no origin or background. What sense does this make? If all the parallel Earths have been merged, and you are aware that your timeline has been eliminated, well, then your origin is that you are still Kryptonian, just from ANOTHER Krypton that from this point onward, does not exist! No need to go seeking for a new origin! Luckily, writer Geoff Johns recognizes the problems that Kupperberg's Power Girl origin presents and alters it yet again to fit more comfortably with the original Earth-2 timeline (along with a few surprises) in JSA Classified #1 - 4. This final story is a wonderful multiple earth tour-de-force that hearkens back to Grant Morrison's reality-altering work on Animal Man... and yes, it even features the Psycho Pirate. It also brings to mind The Kingdom: Planet Krypton, which is another book that deals with the remnants of the multiple Earths in a very interesting way. I swear, Geoff Johns has single-handedly fixed so many continuity problems for DC, they should just give him the keys to the building.

So what is Power Girl, really? Read this collection, and get the final word (for now).
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
featuring a new(hopefully,definitive) origin for Power Girl! 29 Mar. 2006
By bOoKwOrM - Published on
Format: Paperback
Features issues #1-4 of JSA Classified, featuring a storyline that centers on Powergirl(a.k.a Karen Starr), a strong and independent female superhero. The writing is okay, but the artwork by Amanda Conner is superb(her version of Power Girl just might be the best)!

This collection also features some of her older stories, like Showcase #97-99 & Secret Origins #11
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Long, Strange Trip... 3 Nov. 2006
By Starmiter - Published on
Format: Paperback
This edition is a great collection of several key phases of Power Girl's storylines, beginning with her first in Showcase in the 1970's. She's unique among comicbook characters - she's essentially a knock-off of a company's own character (Supergirl), which in turn was a knock-off of yet another charcter owned by the same company (Superman)! And oddly enough, these 'knockoffs' quickly became their own charcters, though Power Girl did a better job earlier on than Supergirl did.

Power Girl's other unique feature is her roulette-wheel-style series of origins, which is what this collected edition demonstrates. In a nutshell, originally she was the Earth-2 Superman's cousin, like Supergirl is/was for Earth-1's Superman (brief comics history - DC had established a 'multiverse' to account for why they had characters from the 1930's & 1940's who were still young in the present day; the explanation was, essentially, every few years, we switched over to a parallel universe where the characters were just getting started). When DC revamped its continuity in 1985 (see 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' which was recently released in an 'Absolute Edition'), it was decided that the multiverse would become one universe, Supergirl was killed off, but Power Girl (due to fan popularity) would survive. However, since part of this reorganization involved having Superman be the sole survivor of Krypton again, the people at DC were left to try and figure out how to account for Power Girl's existence in the newly formed universe.

The other stories in this collection show the attempts, which were not entirely successful. Finally, it was decided to go back to the original origin (cousin of Earth-2's Superman) since DC decided to do a direct sequel to 1985's 'Crisis' series with 'Infinite Crisis' (available in a collected edition as well, though at this time not an Absolute Edition). That second 'Crisis' series was not, shall we say, as well-done as the original, and while there were a few nice touches, generally speaking it felt contrived and arbitrary. The reason this volume gets 4 stars instead of 5 from me, is because the final story was one of the key lead-ins to 'Infinite Crisis,' and helped add to the mess that's going to be with us for years to come.

The character is still a solid character however, and was a key part of the recently-cancelled 'JSA' series (presumably to be reborn as 'Justice Society of America,' though the character appears destined for the 'Justice League of America' title - in any event, all 87 issues of the 'JSA' run are collected in a series of trade paperbacks; I recommend them all since the series was that great). Power Girl is probably going to be around for a long time - the real question is, will DC figure out a consistent way of keeping her around.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Geoff Johns makes DC's most confused hero somewhat sensical 2 Jan. 2007
By N. Durham - Published on
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Power Girl, for those of you who don't know, is Superman's blonde haired Kryptonian cousin who shares similar super powers. Now I know what you're thinking, "isn't that Supergirl?". Well, yes and no. Power Girl is the cousin of the man of steel, only from a different universe. See, in the mid-80's, DC had a mess on their hands. They had multiple Earth's in their universe, each containing different versions of various heroes and villains. Power Girl is the cousin of the Earth-2 Superman, and when DC did their Crisis on Infinite Earths maxi-series, which destroyed every different Earth except Earth-1, she still managed to survive, with no memory of her true origin. Over the years, her origins have been played with (Atlantean? Really?), but DC writer extraordinairre Geoff Johns (Flash, JSA, Green Lantern, Infinite Crisis) attempts to fix some of the past tinkerings with Power Girl. The bulk of this TPB contains the first four issues of JSA Classified, which finds our busty heroine questioning herself, and getting a taste of her true past when she comes face to face with the only person in the world who really does remember where she came from: the Psycho Pirate. Johns is at his near best here taking convoluted past material and making the most out of it (and even introduces more aspects including an appearance from the Legion of Super Heroes), while Amanda Conner provides decent enough pencils to provide for the most of cheese cake shots. There are some older stories thrown in at the beginning of the TPB as well so new readers can get a taste of just how much Power Girl has been tinkered with over the years, and the climax even sets the stage for the cataclysmic events of Infinite Crisis. All in all, if you're a fan of Power Girl, the Crisis books, or Johns himself, this TPB is worth picking up.
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