Heroes In Crisis

News broke about the next big DC event, Heroes in Crisis by Tom King, dealing with heroes in “a sort of trauma center where [they] can go when things get overwhelming” called Sanctuary.

There’s more to it than that, of course, as it includes a murder mystery and is “also about what happens when Sanctuary fails, resulting in catastrophic consequences for the DCU

The cover doesn’t give much away, although that might be the Medusa Mask of the Psycho-Pirate that Superman’s holding, along with the figures in white who also appear to be wearing the same style mask, but among the many characters in the crowd, I noticed Power Girl, just behind Hal Jordan’s head. That’s more evidence that that the original PG’s coming back.

I’ll be picking this up, though it sounds more akin to Identity Crisis than any of the other Crisis events, and we all know what a bundle of laughs that turned out to be. My only real knowledge of Tom King is the much acclaimed Omega Men miniseries from a few years ago; while it was good, I disliked the abrupt change in Kyle Rayner as King suddenly made him a devout Catholic, something that was never mentioned before and hasn’t appeared since.

Still, I guess we wait and see.

Power Girl Redesign

Remember when the New 52 launched and they redesigned most characters’ costumes? Power Girl had a makeover in promotion art for Worlds’ Finest:

and I think it’s fair to say the reaction to that was overwhelmingly negative, so much so that by the time #1 of Worlds’ Finest actually hit the stands, the redesign had received a redesign:

Neither look was brilliant and it wasn’t long before she was back in her classic costume, boob-window and all:

But think how much worse things could have been . . .

Back in 1997, in issue #2 of JLA, the back page had a handful of sketches and character designs and, tucked away among them was this little item (I’ve cropped and moved it for a better display):

think Power Girl is the one on the left, but even the editor wasn’t sure.

I don’t know about you, but I’d take either of the New 52 designs over the ones from 1997.

100 Issues Ago

First in a possibly new sporadic series of vaguely linked posts! Collect them all!

I came across this “100 Issues Ago” panel in an old Justice League of America and thought I’d tidy it up and re-purpose it. If one month = one issue, what was I reading 100 Issues Ago?

Of the 24 issues I picked up in October 2009, 22 of them were from DC (there was one each from Avatar and Dynamite) and while that puts us knee deep in Blackest Night and just after Final Crisis, I had to pick this issue of Power Girl as the highlight of that month. There was plenty of other good stuff out – Blackest NightSecret Six and The Boys, but there were also some . . . less worthy titles like Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape and the dreadful Justice League: Cry for Justice.

The Palmiotti and Gray written, and Amanda Conner illustrated, Power Girl was a fantastically fun run of 12 issues, the team leaving after that, and it’s a shame the title didn’t get as much attention as their later (and just as good) Harley Quinn received.

I know I said it recently, but if you haven’t, pick up the Power Trip collection that contains the whole run – if you like good, fun comics with excellent art, you could do a hell of a lot worse.