Can we get a little more face time? No, seriously, it’s around page 4 before we get a good look at our heroine’s face, though we see plenty of the rest of her, predominantly boobs and butt as she throws together a few valued possessions before fleeing her home pursued by criminals whom she’s managed to piss off.
Power Girl 23
The first twelve issues of Power Girl – and the story-arc that preceded it in the JSA Classified title – were delightful. Taking the permagrumpy powerhouse of the Justice Society and infusing her with a wry sense of humour and self-awareness, they humanised a character who had become an overbearing, ambulant wet-dream cliche, placing her in a context where she had actual friends and a life. All down to the hitherto unsuspected (at least by me) scripting talents of Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray, Kara/Karen became grounded and – look, I’m sorry, but there’s no way around it – well-rounded, coming across as more than an ersatz Supergirl.
The Big Book of Barry Ween: Boy Genius
Sometimes one panel can tell you everything that makes you fall for a comic. I’ll be talking about one such moment from Great Teacher Onizuka in a feature soon, and I’ve just read another. A dear friend sent me this for Xmas, as it is a huge favourite of hers. I’d not read it at all – I’m not sure I had read any Winick at all.