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Ame-Comi Girls Series: Powergirl

Powergirl \ Image: Copyright DC Comics

Powergirl \ Image: Copyright DC Comics

Based off the sculptures of the same name, the Ame-Comi Girls series is re-writing some of the characters I’ve grown up loving. I started to see subtle changes in Wonder Woman and Batgirl’s issues, but after seeing what they’ve done to Powergirl, I’m convinced of what DC is doing; making this comic book series universe an all woman superhero team.

This series has taken the characters that have been traditionally male and replaced them with a female counterpart or already existing female character.

Jimmy Olsen \ Image: Copyright DC Comcis

Jimmy Olsen \ Image: Copyright DC Comcis

In Powergirl #1 we see Powergirl taking on the role of Superman in Metropolis (complete with a hunky James Olsen, journalist and photographer for the Daily Planet). James still has his famous watch to call for help and has a few good one liners to go with it. His flirting with Powergirl is cute and funny to read and I’m enjoy the moments they have together in the series.

Kara has a very sweet personality while living as one of the people in Metropolis and when she shifts into Powergirl mode, she kicks some serious tail.

In issue #2 we get to see Powergirl open up on some anti-alien terrorists, the Silver Banshees. When our heroine finally gets them taken care of, she gets to focus on their leader, a man she describes as the “one man on Earth who would need a robot that size to compensate for his insecurities.” We never hear his name or see his face, but my best guess would be that it’s Lex Luthor. Since this series is focusing mostly on women characters, I’m thinking his battle was short and sweet to add some action in before the main villainess makes themselves known.

Issue #3 covers the introduction of Supergirl and of all the issues so far, this one goes the fastest. When Supergirl emerges from her ship, she’s in her costume and has full use of her abilities with no training. It’s apparent that just like in Superman, Supergirl is older than Powergirl, but her aging stopped while she was in her ship. The action in this issue is intense and we are left seeing the main villainess make herself known to our Kryptonian heroines.

There are a couple of things that surprise me in Powergirl’s three issues, one of those things being Powergirl’s lack of a double life. This is a staple in most superhero stories, and to see her living openly as Kara and Powergirl is kind of weird. Something else that surprised me is how easy it was for Powergirl to banish someone to the phantom zone. I’ve never heard of Superman just opening a portal and sending an enemy there to punish them. He usually left that to the justice system on Earth. The last thing that threw me off is Supergirl. Her name (as far as I know) has always been Kara, so when she is introduced at the end of issue #3, we have two Karas; talk about confusing.

Despite the changes to the characters, I’m really enjoying this series.

I’m liking it because it’s a fresh take on the characters I’ve grown up loving (in the animated series that is). It’s also nice to have a series where with no knowledge of any of the characters, any newbie can jump in and understand everything that is going on. My only complaint is the look of Powergirl doesn’t stay consistent from page to page. Depending on the page/panel, parts of her body may appear larger than in a previous panel.

So far in the Ame-Comi series, each major character has had three issues and they all tie in together very nicely. So far Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Duela Dent, Powergirl, and Supergirl have all had their time in the series spotlight. It looks like Supergirl is the last to get a mini-series (individual story line) before they tie them all together and jump into the real deal.

The next wave of issues will be focusing on all of the girls in, what I’m guessing, is going to be an all girl version of the Justice League.

Ame-Comi Girls started out as a digital only series on Comixology and DC Comics apps on Mondays. They recently moved to trade paperback form and it’s now released once a month. In trade form, the stories are the same, but one months worth of digital releases is rolled into one issue. Translation, the books are longer and you get the whole story in one sitting, verses in four or five.

I recommend this series for anyone ages 10 and up.

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A Look at DC Comics Ame-Comi Girls Series

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The Ame-Comi Girls Series is one of those series that you need to read for pure fun. Don’t go in and expect continuity with the New 52 or any other series.

Right off the bat, you can tell from their costumes that these are not your mother’s superheroes.

The style is based on a series of statuettes that was released by DC Collectibles Ame-Comi Girls, which features some of DC Comics top female characters redesigned in the style of manga and anime. Not only do the characters get a face-lift, but their story lines get some tweaking as well.

Wonder-Woman-300x201Ame-Comi I: Wonder Woman shows us Diana as a headstrong princess who dreams of glory on the battlefield. From the first few pages, I can see that Diana and her mother do not always see eye to eye.

When a battle ensues, Diana’s mother insists she stay safe in the palace instead of fighting alongside her sisters. Her stubbornness and desire to fight over-rides her mother’s orders and she eventually makes her way to help win the battle.

The story leads into Diana’s eventual trip to the United Nations as the ambassador to Themyscira.

Ame-Comi II: Batgirl starts off a bit differently. In the beginning we see Barbara (Batgirl) and her cousin, Carrie (Robin), getting ready to go out for a night on the town. They both assure Barbara’s father, who is wheelchair bound, their plans include being home before the rooster crows.

Batgirl-300x202The next thing we see is Poison Ivy causing her usual trouble and Batgirl & Robin swing in to help save the night. I’m actually happy to see that Batgirl and Robin are a sister-like cousin team. They give the series a nice balance of humor and action; which is something I look for in all of the comic books I read.

In the end of both Wonder Woman and Batgirl we see the villainess in charge is the same, Duela Dent. What is she up to and what is all this about? Keep reading the series to find out!

While originally this was a digital only series, you can now find it in trade form at your local comic book store. Currently, it is only being released once a month. Volume one of the series is expected to hit comic book stores in September this year.

I would say this series would be best appreciated by ages ten and up.

What are your thoughts on the series? Let me know in the comments!

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Book Review: The Force Is Strong With The Last Jedi

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The Last Jedi by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff is my first adventure into the Star Wars universe through reading. I was worried that the story was not going to be newbie friendly, so I proceeded with caution.

978-0-345-51140-9-350x574I learned through my 501st Legion buddies that the book is a stand-alone novel that’s actually part of the Corusant Nights trilogy.

The story starts off pretty easy with us being taken into the world of the last known Jedi Knight, Jax Pavin and his comrades Den, I-Five, and Laranth. Their mission is to get the leader of Whiplash (a secret resistance group) from Coruscant to a new safe house. When their plans go awry, Jax and his friends are sent on an adventure to regain what they’ve lost. Along the way we meet some interesting characters and we learn a little more about Jax and his friends.

From the very beginning I felt like I was being sucked into an adventure. I can’t say my imagination could understand everything, but that didn’t distract me from understanding the characters dialogue or the pain they were going through.

Some of my favorite moments are between I-Five and Den. They have this vibe going on between them that at times made me want to slap them both and other times laugh with them. I-Five acts almost human (though he reminds us throughout the story he’s a droid).

If you are looking for your first Star Wars novel, this is a good one to start with. While I might not have understood everything going on, I don’t feel this hurt my reading experience. There are some references to the past that I’m sure the first Coruscant Nights novels can explain, but I wouldn’t say it’s required reading before picking this up.

In exchange for my time and efforts in reporting my opinion within this blog, I received a free review sample. Even though I receive this benefit, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

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