Power Girl: Aliens & Apes
by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner (DC Comics, 2010)

The fresh creative team that took over the reins of Power Girl in 2010 continue their invigorated look at the fish-out-of-water superheroine in Aliens & Apes, and the second book is as good as the first. The major portion of the book deals with the Ultra-Humanite's ongoing efforts to steal Power Girl's body, now that his brain is stuck in the body of a big shaven ape, and his use of one of PG's dearest friends to get to her.

The best part of this book, in my opinion, is the opening chapter, in which Vartox arrives from another planet in order to mate with Kara. Vartox is something of a stud on his homeworld, but his appearance -- think Sean Connery' character Zed from the movie Zardoz -- and his chauvinistic personality don't make him a prime suitor here on Earth. But he's a little desperate, as his home planet has been sterilized and he needs to breed, so expect blunders and fisticuffs in his pursuit of Our Heroine.

Of course, PG's impressive attributes continue to be of primary focus in this book, and there's plenty of busty cheesecake, but artist Amanda Conner makes it fun, and her use of facial expressions is superb. I wish this creative team had stayed together longer!

review by
Tom Knapp

23 May 2015

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