Last month regular writer Judd Winick ended his current association with Power Girl with a story that paid tribute to Karen Starr, as a hero and a person. If the next two issues of the series, fill-ins before the post-Flashpoint DC Universe wipes out this book, were stinkers, we could easily pretend the comic ended as of #25.
Well, #26 is here and it's anything but awful, as Matthew Sturges writes his own tale making it perfectly clear that Power Girl is one of DC's best.
The cover had me expecting jokes at the expense of cosplayers, a soft target if ever there was one. Instead, the story gives the convention-goers credit for the way in which they respect Power Girl. They're not wearing the costume and working the hair because they dream of being a busty blonde powerhouse - they want to emulate her heroism (click to enlarge images).
They get the chance when one attendee, Rana, turns out to be an alien with an agenda
- she wishes to steal Power Girl's Kryptonian mojo. She says her reasons are pure, but Power Girl sees through her attempts at self-justification. What happens next is thrilling and heartwarming, making for a pitch-perfect, done-in-one superhero story.
Sturges's script is a little gem, masterfully plotted and executed. He captures Power Girl's voice and makes the new characters people I'd love to see again. Especially L'il Pee Gee ... and if the current continuity were continuing, I somehow think we might see the wee dynamo.
Hendry Prasetya's illustrations are beautiful, there's a sincerity about them that perfectly suits this story of people choosing to be the best they can be - or not. He makes everyone individuals, with players showing the facility for acting that has become one of this book's trademarks, from Amanda Conner to Sami Basri to Prasetya himself in Winick's last two issues. The fight sequences are a joy too (click to enlarge).