Oh cool. Looks like Huntress was the Robin of Earth 2 and Power Girl was, of course, Supergirl of Earth 2. Huntress being Robin of Earth 2 is cool and all, but I have severe issues with Peej’s redesign.
LONG RANT INCOMING:
THE BREAKDOWN: They took away the boob window and replaced her costume with a shitty Jim Lee-worthy redesign. There’s no blue in her new costume to harken back to the old Peej costume, and the gauntlets and boots are Geiger-esque for NO REASON. The new cape isn’t iconic in any way, though the Superman-esque P is a little clever, though heavy handed and really just does not work.
But let’s address the big issue nobody wants to talk about: The Boob Window.
Yes, the boob window was cheesy. It was impractical and silly and silver age in every way. It was absolutely ridiculous to think a superhero would fight with her breasts inches from spilling out of her costume, yet every heroine seems to wear skimpy outfits like that. Hell, that was the POINT. Peej was a cheesecake character.
I’m not saying Power Girl was just her boobs, but she was a lighthearted cheesecake character and her having big boobs was part of that. She was a pseudo-deconstruction of female superhero outfits. Her outfit was ridiculous to the Nth degree, but she treated it so Matter-of-factly in universe. She ACKNOWLEDGED it was ridiculous in Conner’s run on the character, which I think should stand as a testament as to how to write the character.
Most of all, because of her ridiculous costume and her knowledge of how silly it all was, she was FUN. She could be a silly, sexy, fun character and you wouldn’t have to take any of it seriously.
And this is just nitpicking, but it’s irksome she’s not Amazon-sized anymore. A lot of the fun moments of her character interactions were based on the physical comedy side of it. She was this 6-foot-something busty babe who was a ridiculous bombshell in every way who also had superpowers and she knew it, and she had fun with it.
Another victim of DC’s reboot has been Jamie Reyes Blue Beetle. Pre-reboot, his series was lighthearted and followed the standard Spider-Man superhero formula. He was turning into an A-lister superhero and you had fun watching him do it. Not many DC comics characters are lighthearted like Power Girl and Jamie Reyes Blue Beetle were. They were lighthearted and not too serious. Now both are SUPER SERIOUS and are having what made them fun being taken away. They should have payed attention to Conner’s interpretation of her, because Conner really did make the Essential Power Girl.
Part of her fun was she WAS a cheesecake character, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with cheesecake characters! It’s about putting them in the right context. Hell, in Conner’s run they even ACKNOWLEDGED she was total cheesecake and deconstructed that by giving her a recurring male cheesecake character. (VARTOX!)
They have taken everything that was fun and unique about Peej’s character and costume and turned it into another boring superhero with a generic costume.
This probably wasn’t as articulate as it could have been, but I did my best. I’ll still try the new World’s Finest ongoing because the writer did awesomely with his Huntress miniseries, but unless they take a hint from Conner-Era Peej’s character, I’m probably going to end up dropping it or only reading it for Huntress.
RIP, Conner-Peej. You will be missed.
I’ll be completely honest and say I’ve never read a powergirl comic so I don’t really have any authority to talk about her, but I was always under the impression the the boob window was… Part of the joke. I’m a big proponent of lady heroes in reasonable clothing, but I don’t think Powergirl was the priority in that case. Characters wearing impractical outfits in stories where that impracticality is acknowledged are funny.
I know someone’s going to jump in here saying “ooh, tumblr feminists are never happy, they just want to complain”, but honestly, this doesn’t seem like DC making a move to improve the way they portray women so much as DC pushing the “NO! EVERYTHING IS VERY SERIOUS IN OUR NEW UNIVERSE! NO SILLY PEOPLE!” thing