Sunday, June 21, 2009

I.M.O Review: Power Girl #2 (DC Comics) By Eddie R

Putting the Human in Ultra Humanite.

I like seeing a new twist on old Villains. This situation usually falls in one of two categories. Either a writer will gives us more background into the origin of character, or they ramp up the powers to compensate for a lack of one. In this case we get both.

Power Girl #2 mainly deals with the telling of the tale of how the Ultra Humanite came to be. And I must say it’s quite graphic in detail.

The origin of Ultra Humanite begins with a young boy genius named Gerard Shugel, who is on a personal quest to slow down a degenerative disease which was eating away at his body. The only possible solution to his predicament is to find the means to transplant his brain into a healthy body.

While at college Shugel meets up with a woman named Satanna, who shares both a mutual attraction to Shugel, and also panache for unethical experiments involving human/ animal hybrids. Eventually these experiments get them both kicked out of college, forcing them to go underground where they eventually end up in the Congo, and befriend a group of rebel military forces, all the while continuing their forbidden experiments.

Years passed, and as Shugels health continued to fail, Satanna eventually transferred his brain into the body of a rare white albino ape, but only as a temporary measure until a suitable body could be found. And apparently, that long overdue body is Power Girl's.

I gotta say I like the general feel this book has to it. While staying both true to the characters origins, but continually adding increments of new and very well referenced details, the book seems to be on the right path to becoming a very successful series.

The one thing I really do enjoy is the mature, bawdy tone which this book sometimes takes, never shying away from tossing in some graphic and suggestive situations, peppered with witty dialogue occasionally. All of this makes the series feel well suited for Power Girl’s Personality.

Let’s hope the third issue is just as good as the first two.


Eddie R.
Review Co- Editor

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