"Power Trip (Part I of IV)": Dr. Mid-Nite has Power Girl at the labs of JSA Headquarters where he runs her through a gauntlet of tests. Recently, Power Girl has displayed feats of power that are exclusively Kryptonian traits, such as he
- As long as I can juggle semi-trucks and leap over buildings, I'm fine.
- -- Power Girl
Appearing in "Power Trip (Part I of IV)"
- Justice League of America (Flashback only)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (false version)
- Power Girl's Symbioship (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Power Trip (Part I of IV)"
Dr. Mid-Nite has Power Girl at the labs of JSA Headquarters where he runs her through a gauntlet of tests. Recently, Power Girl has displayed feats of power that are exclusively Kryptonian traits, such as heat vision. Power Girl fantasizes about the time when she believed that she was the cousin of Superman, late of the planet Krypton. However, she has since discovered that she is in fact the grand-daughter of Arion, the sorcerer of pre-Cataclysmic Atlantis. Now, even that origin is being called in to question.
Power Girl leaves the HQ and discovers Garn Daanuth, the Atlantean nemesis of Arion tearing up the streets of Manhattan. Power Girl launches herself at him and begins beating him mercilessly into the ground. Several members of the JSA show up to try and calm her down. Apparently, she has only been fighting an illusion.
Meanwhile, a shadowy menace operates from behind the scenes in an effort to torment Power Girl even further. He has the three founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes at his disposal to aid him.
- This book was first published on July 20, 2005.
- This issue was published with an alternate cover (1:1 ratio), illustrated by Adam Hughes.
- Includes a flashback of the earliest chronological appearance of the modernized Power Girl.
- Power Girl appeared last in JSA #67.
- This issue builds upon sub-plots that have been developing over the past year in respective issues of JSA.
- Events from the Power Trip storyline tangently lead into the upcoming Infinite Crisis event.
- The members of the Legion of Super-Heroes that appear in this issue, are not the real Legionaires. They will be revealed as doppelgangers in issue #2.
- This storyline seeks to revamp Power Girl's Post-Crisis origin as originally supplied in Secret Origins (Volume 2) #11. In Post-Crisis continuity, Power Girl was the grand-daughter of Arion the Immortal, a sorcerer of pre-Cataclysmic Atlantis. Arion placed Power Girl in suspended animation so that she might not fall victim to his evil brother, Garn Daanuth. Arion placed a spell upon her, wherein when she awakened in the 20th century, she would have a set of false memories, and believe herself to be the cousin of Superman.
- Power Girl made her first canonical appearance in All-Star Comics #58. She was originally intended to be the Earth-Two counterpart to Supergirl. As such, she shared Supergirl's origin and powers, but carried a different name.
- After the Crisis On Infinite Earths limited series, Power Girl's continuity was absorbed into the modern Earth. As such, it was required to alter her origin so as to maintain the idea that Kal-El was the only person to survive Krypton's destruction.
- This issue establishes that Power Girl spent nine years in outer space.
- Mister Terrific, Green Lantern and The Flash appear on the Amanda Conner variant cover to this issue, but do not actually appear inside the main story.
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Links and References
- JSA Classified series index at the Grand Comics Database
- JSA Classified series index at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Justice Society of America article at Wikipedia
- Power Girl article at Wikipedia
- Power Girl biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
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