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Power Girl Special #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

Power Girl takes center stage!

With new powers and a new mission, Power Girl faces a challenge unlike any she’s experienced before in this shocking one-shot rising from the events of Lazarus Planet and Action Comics!

With Omen’s guidance, Power Girl now strives to battle the demons – literal and figurative -l urking within the minds of some of the greatest superheroes in the DC Universe! But the nefarious Johnny Sorrow has been searching for a connection to Earth-0, and the superheroines’ work may unwittingly give him the means to make their world his personal stage!

Can Power Girl and her estranged Super-Family bring down the curtain on Sorrow’s evil plans? And at what cost?

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53 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Power Girl Special #1 is a terrific showcase for Power Girl and what makes her such a great character. It puts her up against a villain who truly challenges her, gives new insights into her character and it’s action-packed. Omen also shines here and Johnny Sorrow is as terrifying as always. The backup story with Fire and Ice rounds out the book with a fun story and a great battle between Fire and Guy Gardner. Highly Recommended.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Power Girl Special #1 is what you want in a comic. A big story, big action, amazing art with shiny colors and easy letters, and characters you can really dig and root for. This is a great way to meet three heroes and become fans of them.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    DC is wise to broaden its domain. In recent years, SO MANY titles have been curling around Gotham City with a host of main characters in the orbit of Batman. New titles for Power Girl and Fire & Ice are a step in the right direction. Judging from the opening adventures of both characters, there DOES appear to be potential in casting fresh, new glances at supporting characters from the Justice Society and the Justice League.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Concluding the Action Comics backup and setting up Power Girl’s future adventures, this surreal main story finds Karen—or Paige, as she now wants to be known—taking on one of her fellow survivors from Earth-2, the sadistic Johnny Sorrow. This supernatural being is obsessed with Power Girl, and has gone so far as to create a quartet of supernatural beings—clearly patterned after the Four Horsemen—to terrorize humanity, attack them psychically, and place most of Metropolis in a coma. This even affects the Super-family, as their brains are just as vulnerable, and leaves Power Girl and Lilith as the sole combatants left to stop the psychic plague. It’s a compelling and creepy setup, boosted by some great Sauvage visuals.

    However, the heart of this issue is definitely Power Girl’s personal journey, as she confronts her own sense of inadequacy and questions about where she fits in with the Super-family. This leads to some unexpected guest-stars, including the surprise return of Streaky the Super-Cat to continuity, as well as an emotional vision involving the original Golden Age Superman. The ending is a little bit abrupt, sending off Johnny Sorrow with a bang, but the story leaves Power Girl in a great place for her upcoming solo adventures and finally gives her a status quo that seems workable—something that she and Donna Troy have been sorely in need of for a very long time. Dawn of DC has been great for troubled characters like this.

    I’m less sure about the Fire and Ice backup, which sets up their own miniseries launching the same month as Power Girl’s. The main thrust seems to be that the two can’t get along, mostly driven by Ice’s strange, codependent relationship with Guy Gardner. When Guy is called in to bail them out in a battle in Baltimore, this leads to a nasty blowup that brings in Superman—and the two wind up politely exiled to Smallville. It’s an odd setup for the series, and feels strangely sitcom-esque even for the popular JLI heroes.

  • 84

    Comic Watch

    As Leah Williams and Marguerite Sauvage closes the chapter for Power Girl’s role in the Lazarus Planet event, the duo sets Paige and Lilith up for their next journey, and it’s something to look forward to. Can’t wait to see where else these two take Power Girl next. Should be something interesting.

  • 80


    After years upon years of editorial-mandated reboots and inconsistent creative visions, a new defining version of Supergirl was brought into the spotlight once more with the release of Tom King’s and Bilquis Evely’s Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. This miniseries proved to be a trailblazer in the task of modernizing the character’s Silver and Bronze Age sensibilities and overall feel. This task has since been taken up during the Infinite Frontier and Dawn of DC initiatives by writers Philip K. Johnson and Mark Waid, the latter of whom has been slowly rebuilding her early history in World’s Finest.

    With Woman of Tomorrow set to be adapted into a film under James Gunn’s and Peter Safran’s new DC Studios, it’s a great time to be a Supergirl fan. But her fans also know that Supergirl isn’t one of a kind. Literally. If Supergirl is back and better than ever, then surely her equally popular yet underappreciated counterpart from Earth-2 shouldn’t be too far behind, right?


    All around, this special is a cute but slightly rough introduction into the upcoming miniseries and as a continuation of these character’s lives it is a fairly flawed story. However, you can’t truly judge the beginnings of a story, only how they’re presented to you thus far. We will just have to see how this creative duo develops the story issue by issue.

  • 73

    Major Spoilers

    Unexpectedly, Power Girl Special #1 wasn’t tied into JSA continuity as I thought, but instead Superman continuity, and while that does affect the context of the story, it’s more than the sum of its parts with vivid coloring and attractive art getting past the parts of the narrative that don’t quite land. I will say this, the new jacket look is a nice change to her classic look.

  • 70

    Power Girl Special #1 depicts a showdown between its titular hero and the eldritch horror-infused villain Johnny Sorrow in a story beautifully depicted by artist Marguerite Sauvage. Sorrow threatens the world with his own mass psychic hypnosis and four ill-defined horsemen weaving other forms of chaos across the United States, so it’s up to Power Girl (and her best pal Omen) to save everyone. The superhero conflict of the oversized issue isn’t terribly compelling on its own as the broad stakes and poorly articulated power sets make the various action encounters read as perfunctory stops on the way to an inevitable victory. Instead, the issue is much more focused on how Power Girl fits into the Superman family and tells readers exactly how she and every other significant character, like Supergirl and Superman, feel along the way. As a result the dialogue is more informative than emotional and there’s little opportunity for any panels to feel surprising or impactful. The journey is very well drawn, but never terribly thrilling. The backup story featuring Fire and Ice before a fall debut in their own series is another visual spectacle with Natacha Bustos detailing a seaside encounter with the elements that adds some additional chaos in the form of Guy Gardner. Although the stake are much lower in this back-up story, the complications of these longstanding relationships resonate a bit more and lay the groundwork for an intriguing fall debut. All in all, Power Girl Special #1 will provide fans of these characters with some outstanding imagery, even if the story being told is less than memorable.

  • 70

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    While I am ready to see Fire and Ice star in their own limited series, the story by the creative team of the new series in this one-shot back-up story, sets the tone as more campy or humorous in the vein of the Justice League International in its heyday. I suspect that is why art style chosen is of a whimsical nature as well. I’m all for the diversity of stories in the comics medium and at DC. While this story and the upcoming limited series may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it will scratch an itch for an action-comedy genre that is not as prevalent at DC Comics, and even across the medium, as it was over 30 years ago.

  • 70

    First Comics News

  • 60

    Graham Crackers Comics

    While I am on board for any Golden Age Earth 2 stories DC wants to throw my way, this one is a bit odd. With the weirdness generated by the whole Lazarus deals, the idea of Power Girl being the Earth 2 Supergirl is all but gone. Leah Williams’s story (coming off of her back up story in Action) makes it clear that Power Girl is moving on with her life and Earth 2 is a thing of the past. So while I appreciate yet another super powered member of Clan Jor-el, this is certainly no Justice Society story. Luckily, Joanne Starer’s Fire and Ice backup story (and prelude to their new title) is wonderfully emotional and funny. My only real question was this one-shot necessary. Pretty sure we could have done the Power Girl stuff over in Action and he Fire and Ice story could have appeared almost anywhere. I give it a 6 out of 10 Grahams.

  • 50

    Lyles Movie Files

    On one hand Williams is starting from scratch with Power Girl yet using some longtime foundational aspects of the character to better fit in with the Wild West style any portrayal of a character is valid Dawn of DC approach.

    The best part of this story is Power Girl’s newly developed bond with Omen. While random, Williams has created a solid friendship between the two’s refreshing to see a genuine friendship between two women in DC that’s not Black Canary and Batgirl or Fire & Ice.


    This special also included a secondary story featuring Fire and Ice. The longtime BFFs are dealing with a minor emergency. Ice doubts their ability to control the situation and calls in Guy Gardner for backup.

    It’s kinda ridiculous in a DC Universe where characters’ sexuality gets switched on a writer’s whim that Gardner is constantly portrayed as the same macho Neanderthal from the 80s as the default take on the character. Despite the efforts of writers like Geoff Johns and Robert Venditti, this is the comfortable portrayal of the character for far too many writers as if Guy Gardner is the one character who can’t evolve.

    Writer Joanne Starrer spends most of the story having Fire chiding Ice for calling in a Green Lantern for backup and the rest fighting with Guy. The intent of this story is just to set up the Fire and Ice mini-series, but too little is actually spent on their dynamic. It’s more they screw up, Gardner bounces and Superman essentially puts them on time out in Smallville. Again, this doesn’t really feel like empowering women characters. The artwork from Natacha Bustos is fine, fitting the more playful and less serious tone of the story. Bustos’ style is reminiscent of Steve Lieber’s fun work on Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen.

    Power Girl’s journey ends on somewhat of a lackluster note while the Fire & Ice story starts off rough. Hopefully the latter can rebound when the series officially kicks off.

  • 40

    DC Comics News

    DC is trying to hard to reinvent Power Girl. Power Girl Special #1 tries to get the reader to connect with the character, but that’s the problem, it tries too hard. Inconsistencies are a huge cause of concern. The underlying feeling that we aren’t really sure who this Power Girl is supposed to be makes it difficult to grasp who DC wants her to be because there is no explanation, there is no continuity. Furthermore, there is no established history for any version of the character since 2016 that one can reference. Unfortunately, it seems like once again DC hasn’t bothered to lock down continuity for a character. Maybe they think it hinders new readers? What it actually does is disenfranchise longtime readers who know the continuities and are trying to make sense of new and sometimes multiple versions of characters. I get that things are going to change, but at least make it clear what’s happened and what hasn’t. For Power Girl, this reads as if Williams took the basics of the character and cherry picked certain events from her Wikipedia page without any knowledge of continuity or that Geoff Johns was crafting his own version of the character in Justice Society of America, a version that relies heavily on Power Girl’s pre-New 52 history. Power Girl’s basics aren’t basic. She’s more complex. She’s had a lot of development and it’s not easy to boil her down to essentials like one can with Batman or Superman. If you’re going to rebrand Power Girl with psychic powers and call her Paige, just create a new character, because that’s essentially what’s happening here. I wouldn’t recommend this issue or the announced series for fans of Power Girl. Power Girl fans should turn to Justice Society of America.

    Fire and Ice is so short and unfocused it’s really hard to gauge what’s coming next for the duo. Based on this tease, I’m not sure what readers could be looking forward to in a series. However, there’s a chance that the forthcoming Fire and Ice series could be good, since there’s not a lot to go on in Power Girl Special #1. Both stories have something going for them in the art department, but it doesn’t always work.

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