Benjamin Leatherman is the clubs editor at Phoenix New Times. It was at this point that she became one of the most popular comic book characters of all-time as well as a feminist icon, especially since she was one of the only characters out there who was living a full-fledged, normal life in addition to being a world-saving superhero. There were more than a few Rocket Raccoon clones bombing around Comic Fest, but none more memorable than the colorful and cartoon-like rendition crafted by cosplayer and artist Emily Unglued. She also made an equally colorful and fun version of Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi , which was worn by a friend.
She also adopts a different secret identity from her counterpart. These changes are reflected in their differing costumes and superhero names as well; Power Girl sports a bob of blond hair; wears a distinctive white, red, and blue costume with a cleavage-displaying cutout. The name Power Girl reflects that she chooses not to be seen as a derivative of Superman, but rather her own hero and this choice is reflected in the strong independent attitude of the character. Over various decades, Power Girl has been depicted as a member of superhero teams such as the Justice Society of America , Infinity, Inc.
Power Girl's origin has gone through revisions, but over time has reverted to her original conception as the Supergirl of Earth-Two. The limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths eliminated Earth-Two from history, causing her to be retconned as the granddaughter of an Atlantean sorcerer known as Arion. This was an unpopular change and writers depicted the revised Power Girl inconsistently. The — Infinite Crisis limited series then restored her status as a refugee from the Krypton of the destroyed Pre-Crisis Earth-Two universe.
Following DC's " Flashpoint " storyline and New 52 reboot, Power Girl's origin was retold as the Supergirl of "Earth 2", cousin and adopted daughter of Superman, who during evil god Darkseid 's invasion of Earth 2 becomes stranded in the main continuity of Earth 0, subsequently adopting the name Power Girl to hide her true identity. She returned to her source Earth in the story Earth 2: Power Girl was introduced in All Star Comics 58 in ,  and was a member of the superhero team the Justice Society of America through the remainder of the s and s period known as the Bronze Age of Comics.
I've got to ask the Marvel lawyer — she's supposed to be starting a lawsuit about that and I haven't heard anything. I don't like the idea. I said okay, I'll discontinue Wonder Man. And all of a sudden they've got Power Girl. Due in part to her being one of the more popular characters in All-Star Comics at the time,  she was given a solo tryout in Showcase issues 97—99, which expanded on her pre-Crisis origin.
During this time, she was a regularly featured character in the annual Justice Society crossovers in the original Justice League of America series. She was a founding member of Infinity Inc. The character did not receive her own self-titled series until the Power Girl miniseries of Power Girl played a significant role in the continuity-changing events of Infinite Crisis , which tied into her starring role in the first JSA Classified story arc "Power Trip" in issues 1—4 of the series.
Starting in July , Power Girl received her first ongoing series , simply titled Power Girl volume 2 , with the first twelve issues written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray , drawn by Amanda Conner ,  and colored by Paul Mounts. When Palmiotti, Grey and Conner left the series after issue 12, Palmiotti said, "Amanda always said she could just commit to the book for a year, and as we got into the series we realized that we just couldn't do the same type of book with another artist at this point and decided it was a good idea to leave with her and give another team a shot.
Winick stated that the tone of the book will continue, and the premise of the character in New York. Old Friends collecting issues Kara's father discovers that Krypton is about to explode, and places her in a spacecraft directed towards the Earth.
Although this occurs at the same time that Kal-L's ship is launched, Kara's ship travels more slowly, and she arrives on Earth decades after her cousin has landed. The Symbioship allows her to interact with virtual copies of her parents and fellow Kryptonians. Originally, by the time she arrives on Earth, Kara is shown to be in her early twenties. However, as mentioned in JSA Classified 1, her age at arrival has now been retconned to about eighteen in post- Crisis continuity.
In Showcase 97, Kara is reclaimed by the sentient Symbioship and reimmersed into Kandorian society for a time. Several years of virtual time elapse, in which Kara is married and has a child. She is freed with the assistance of newspaper reporter Andrew Vinson, at which point she disables the ship. Power Girl's existence is not revealed to the general public until much later; her cousin Clark and his wife Lois Lane provide her a family environment to assist her transition towards real life relationships.
In her first recorded adventure, Kara assists Justice Society members Flash and Wildcat with containing an artificially induced volcanic eruption in China. She pushes their base towards the Sun , the heat causing the villains to fall unconscious. Later, she becomes a full member of the Society when Superman retires from active membership. Having been raised by the Symbioship with artificial Kryptonian life experiences, Power Girl finds it difficult to adapt to life on Earth.
However, with the help of reporter Andrew Vinson, she adopts the secret identity of computer programmer Karen Starr she obtains her knowledge in this field from exposure to Wonder Woman 's Purple Ray on Paradise Island. The Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series erased the existence of the Earth-Two Superman, and Power Girl's continuity was thus substantially disrupted.
However, her background was retconned ; she was told that she was the descendant of the Atlantean sorcerer Arion , and was frozen in suspended animation for millennia until the present day. Later, while a member of Justice League Europe , she suffers a near fatal injury while battling a mystical being. Superman must assist in her medical treatment, using his heat-vision to perform surgery on her otherwise-invulnerable tissues. However, she regained them all as time went on.
Power Girl adopts a one-eyed mangy cat, an animal which would affect much of the team. One aspect of this is her beloved cat is used to spy on the group by intelligence gathering criminals. During the Zero Hour event, Power Girl experiences a mystical pregnancy  and gives birth to a son supposedly named Equinox ,  who ages rapidly.
Their short-lived partnership ended after a disastrous mission which resulted in a large loss of life. In Birds of Prey 35, Power Girl admitted that she is primarily to blame for the tension, but is unable to overcome the memories of the deaths. Power Girl is a key member of the Justice Society, which she joined when it was reformed in the late s. During an adventure with the JSA, she meets Arion, who reveals her Atlantean heritage to be a lie he concocted at the behest of Power Girl's "mother".
While attempting to save her teammate Ted Grant from the new female Crimson Avenger , Power Girl is severely wounded by supernatural bullets fired from the vigilante's cursed handguns. Despite being saved by Doctor Mid-Nite , Power Girl comments that her near-death experience has shown her that she needs to make more personal connections outside of the superhero community.
The Psycho-Pirate shows Kara multiple versions of her origin in an effort to drive her insane. Eventually, he reveals the truth: Kal-L's first order of business is to track down Power Girl and explain the events of the original Crisis to her.
Kal-L also reiterates her pre- Crisis history as his cousin. Soon after this revelation, Power Girl is confronted by Superboy-Prime, who renders her unconscious.
A violent confrontation between the two Supermen ensues, at the end of which Kal-L comes to the realization that this created Earth-Two had not been a perfect world, since "a perfect earth doesn't need a Superman. Power Girl is brought to Mogo by the Green Lantern Corps just in time to bid a tearful farewell to her dying cousin. Ultraman , masquerading as Kal-El and working in concert with the Saturn Queen , has taken control of the bottle city. This causes another rift to grow between the two women, as Power Girl feels Supergirl left an entire city of people to suffer, all because of her own selfish desires.
This animosity is still on display when she next encounters Supergirl. Power Girl remains a core member of the Justice Society. Power Girl is invited to rejoin Oracle 's Birds of Prey , but refuses, stating that she would do so only "when Hell freezes over".
Her ill will toward Oracle is the result of a single mission in which she served as one of Oracle's agents, which ended badly. However, they adopt each other as family after a period of time. Following the events of Infinite Crisis , a new Multiverse is created.
Among them is an Earth-2 from which its Power Girl and Superman are both missing. The Power Girl of New Earth faces off against the Power Girl and Justice Society Infinity of the new Earth-2, due to the Earth-2 Power Girl's grief and rage over the loss of her cousin prompting her to believe that the 'other' Power Girl is an impostor with some role in Superman's absence.
Power Girl briefly appears in the Final Crisis crossover event, battling the forces of Darkseid after he conquers the Earth using the Anti-Life Equation.
After deciding to once again use the Karen Starr identity, she moves to New York City and begins rebuilding Starr Enterprises while continuing solo superheroics.
She eventually takes teenaged hero-in-training Terra as her sidekick following the horrific events depicted in the Terror Titans mini-series. After the duo fight off a robot invasion of the city, Power Girl is kidnapped by the new Ultra-Humanite , who plans to transplant his brain into her body. Using her ice breath to destroy her gravity enhanced shackles and gag, Power Girl easily defeats the villain and saves New York.
Following a massive battle that ends in the destruction of the Justice Society's HQ, the team decides to split up into two separate squads. During the team's inaugural press conference, they are attacked by a group of mercenaries led by the villainous nephew of Sylvester Pemberton.
Karen and her team emerge victorious, only to discover that Pemberton has kidnapped Stargirl during the confusion of the battle. The team eventually rescues Stargirl. Several of the team members examine the corpses of Kal-L and Psycho Pirate, both of whom had been reanimated as Black Lanterns only to be killed again during a battle with Superboy and Superman.
Karen breaks down in tears upon seeing the twisted corpse of Kal-L, and swears vengeance upon whoever is behind the creation of the Black Lanterns. While on her way to the streets of Manhattan to assist her teammates, Karen hears Ma Hunkel screaming. Terrific invents a machine to destroy the Black Lanterns. He activates the machine and it wipes out the Black Lantern ring connection and Kal-L and completely dissolves Kal-L's corpse. In the — storyline " Brightest Day ", Power Girl attacks her comrades, and after being subdued, is discovered to have been possessed by the Starheart the cosmic entity that gave Alan Scott and Jade their powers  to which she was vulnerable because of her Kryptonian heritage, as Kryptonians draw their abilities from the sun.
Staying out of action in order avoid another possession, she helps Mr. Terrific work on a machine that may be able to dampen the Starheart's power. Batman ultimately tells her to stay on Earth and try to fight the other metahumans being controlled by the Starheart, explaining that bringing her along would jeopardize the mission.
During the events of Justice League: Generation Lost , Power Girl assists her fellow heroes in a global manhunt to track down Maxwell Lord , the former head of Justice League International and the murderer of Ted Kord , who had been restored to life at the end of "Blackest Night". During the relaunch of DC Comics' entire superhero line known as The New 52 , Karen Starr appears in the Mister Terrific series as a friend of the titular hero, with whom she has a casual relationship.
In the series, Starr is still the head of Starr Enterprises, which was financed by her comrade in arms Helena Wayne Huntress after the latter hacked into Wayne Enterprises accounts. From a software design and development corporation, Starr Enterprises now purchases intellectual property and technology with possible interdimensional access capabilities so that the two women can return home.
Power Girl subsequently stars in a new ongoing series, Worlds' Finest , which premiered in May In the new continuity both she and Huntress, with whom she is partnered, are from Earth 2 but were flung into the Prime Earth's universe by an interdimensional vortex of unknown origin during the closing stages of an invasion from Apokolips -2 which took the life of Earth-2's Wonder Woman , Batman , and Superman. A temporarily amnesiac Power Girl from a seemingly alternative reality not Earth 2, but more reminiscent of the pre-New 52 Power Girl crashes in Harley Quinn's reality as shown in Harley Quinn storyline "Power Outage" Issues Today we got to meet a member of Aquaman's Jason Mamoa entourage: After seeing Heard in her official Mera costume, we've combed back through DC Comics history to take a look at how the live-action costume compares to the costumes Mera has worn in the comics.
Mera started out like so many DC characters: The crown and shoulder less outfit would make a come back in the modern times, but fans doing keeping up with DC Comics history will have fond memories of this rosy-cheeked girl swimming through the campy waters of the deep sea.
Mera's Silver Age costume reflects a lot of the stylistic realities of the s. Her spandex with its green algae design, thick white collar, and deeply plunging neckline, looks like it was made for a disco club.
Even the crown on her head looked a little more "fashion" than "function. This one is more enduring as a cosplay favorite than it is a comic book look - but it shouldn't be surprising that, at some point, DC Comics artists decided that sea-based character like Mera should be rocking a bikini. Aside from the more modern iteration of her crown, this outfit is pretty much silly male fantasy.
The hoop bracelets, seaweed mini skirt and skimpy top are pretty much what every guy hopes to discover in an undersea woman. This version of Mera was trapped in a hell-like dimension called the Netherworld, where she had a young son. Mera escaped the dimension and her captor, Thanatos and returned home to Atlantis, where she reconciled with Aquaman.
Her costume returned to the one-piece spandex look, with the Silver Age white collar. Like so much of David's work, the foundations he laid down would carry the characters including their looks into the future. When an undead Aquaman came back as one of the zombies possessed by a black power ring, Mera was forced to battle him. During the "Blackest Night" crossover event, Green Lantern Hal Jordan was required to seek help in dealing with the undead threat of the Black Lanterns.
These other Lantern Corps masters then spun off their own secondary rings as "deputies" of sorts.
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