Our heroine is a hybrid of humanity and the Daemonites, who sent her to Earth to gather Intel on the superhero community, and circumvent the obstacles said heroes would present to a Daemonite invasion. And of course the most practical, least obtrusive way to achieve this is to make your sleeper agent a shapeshifting supermodel stripper who telepathically plucks secrets from denizens of the nearby New Orleans military base while she gives them private dances. Hey, don’t look like that; it could work …
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.