Power Girl #3 continues to redefine this character as we know her, I have really loved getting to know her, her personality and how she feels towards what’s going on in the DC Universe but also the Super-Family.
But before we get into the issue itself, let’s take a look at the covers. The main cover is by Gary Frank and Brad Anderson and I adore it! It perfectly captures a key aspect of the issue and the detail is second to none. The facial expressions both on the Lion and on Power Girl showcase all you need to know.
Terry & Rachel Dodson’s variant cover is PERFECT and brilliantly recreates one of the most iconic memes of all time. I adore this and the fun little jab it has towards the ‘old’ Power Girl vs the newly improved Power Girl with a very different costume design. The detail is great and the facial reactions are just as fun as the cover itself.
The variant by Guillem March is fantastic! It’s vibrant and showcases his art style perfectly, I would happily have a Power Girl series with his interior art throughout. His take on the character is great, her powerful stance and graffitied background tell you all you need to know about her.
There are also further variants by Babs Tarr and Rahzzah.
Power Girl #3 opens up with her questioning the Kryptonian infection and what it’s really all about after losing her trail on Amalak. It’s clear that she’s troubled about something as she struggles to explain to Superman her thoughts and feelings on the matter and goes solo to work out what’s causing it.
Realising she needs someone to confide in and needs a friend, she tries to get in touch with Omen, but she’s busy stopping riots that later turn out to be caused by Blue Earth who just so happen to be the current villainous group in Action Comics. Firstly I love how all of these stories are interconnected, it really makes it feel like one big universe. Secondly, it’s great to see Omen take on something solo, in most of the recent times we’ve seen this character she has been alongside Power Girl and writer Leah Williams (lettered by Becca Carey) is really going a long way to flesh out not one, but two characters.
She later comes to the conclusion that this isn’t a virus, but instead a parasite. It is yet unknown if that ‘term’ is linked with the Superman villain, but it does also seem plausible. With all that’s going on there are some really emotional moments in this issue, the biggest being Power Girl and her relationship with her newly found feline friend, Hamlet. Whilst it was written beautifully, it ended with a shock for her and also for the readers, which made these moments heartbreaking and real.
The artwork in this issue is by Eduardo Pansica, with inks by Júlio Ferreira and colours by Romulo Fajardo Jr and I have to say, it is fantastic! The way that this creative team can bring to life this many atmospheres in incredible, there are so many different contrasting colours used to create so many locations in this issue. This series and this issue really give the creative team a chance to showcase their talents.
Whilst Power Girl #3 is very different in tone to the previous ones, things just got VERY interesting as the series takes a huge change in tone with a slightly darker direction it seems. I for one am very excited to see where this series goes from here.