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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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Comics from a newbies point of view

When DC announced their new 52 series, I was ecstatic. I have always wanted to get into reading the Superman, Batman, Justice League comics. What scared me out of getting into it was all the history I didn’t know. The new 52 gave me what I was looking for…a fresh start with all my favorite comic book characters. I would like to think I know a lot about Batman and the others, but the truth is I am a complete virgin to their comic book worlds.

As a child I watched Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League and Superman: The Animated Series. As an adult I fell in love with The Batman cartoon series. So for the most part in the realm of the cartoon series, I feel pretty well versed.

Most comic book lovers know that what you read in the comics and what you see on the cartoons are two entirely different things. The Joker for instance went from being a murdering psycho (comics) to just a psycho who was more of a nuisance in Batman’s side (animated series). My younger brother and I would have long discussions comparing what he was reading in the comics to what I would see on TV. The fact that one character could have so many incarnations still amazes (and confuses) me.

I have started to read The Justice League and Justice League International and I love them both. Justice League hit the ground running with the team not being in formation and Darkseid being the main villain. In the first 5 issues, they already have a majority of their team introduced, so from here on out I expect it to be about kicking Darkseid’s tail and eventually proving to the world that they are the good guys.

Justice League International started a little slower. I already see issues with how the team was formed. It makes me wonder what is really going on in the U.N. They have already kicked some butt but they have a long way to being a good team. The next few issues I think it will be more about Booster as the leader and how he gets the team to be more of a team. I also expect that the issues some of the U.N officials have with the team will come to light.

As for characters, my favorite character in Justice League right now is Barry Allen as the Flash. I have always preferred Barry Allan over Wally West because I feel Barry is more adult and mature. Wally was always a horn dog in the cartoon series. The words exchanged between Flash and the other members is quick and to the point. He makes a joke and moves on. It’s also nice to see him still have a friendship with a Green Lantern like in the Justice League animated series. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) seems to be a prick with an ego. I don’t know much about him as a lantern so I don’t have anything to compare him to. I was warned not to see the movie so I read a book that day instead.

In Justice League International, I was taken back when it was announced that Booster Gold was the leader of the team. I know Booster briefly from the cartoon series and to be honest, I was not impressed. Another a big surprise to me in Justice League International is the strong presence that Batman has. It feels like the creators are using him to draw in the readers with a popular character. It worked. In this series though, Batman seems to have had an adjustment to his attitude. He acts almost like a big brother to Booster. He doesn’t lead the team, but he does give Booster little hints at what he should do. Don’t get me wrong, he still has that “don’t screw with me unless you want your jaw in 4 pieces” attitude. He just seems a little friendlier on this team than I remember him in the cartoon series.

All in all, I never realized how fun it was to read comic books. The only downside I have found is the comics themselves are not that long…Ohh well, next month the new one will come out and I’ll get my fix again.

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