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Back after many, many years and finally producing something that wasn't a scrawl in pencil or pen, i'm now drawing directly digital, which i'm still getting to grips with.

I tend to draw a fair bit of fanart depending on my mood. At the moment my gallery has been somewhat dominated by Powergirl. I also draw other DC/Marvel/2000AD comic related images, anime or computer game fanart, my own original fantasy and sci-fi characters, and the occasional Transformer and Warhammer 40'000 image.

Favourite genre of music: Rock, Metal, Pop, J-Pop, Classical, pretty much anything that sounds good to me
Favourite cartoon character: Optimus Prime, Invader Zimm, Brock Samson,
Over the last 3 years i had been waiting for DC to bring Power Girl back, not the current 'New 52 Supergirl of Earth 2', but an actual Power Girl more akin to the old DC universe one ( you know, the smart, witty, but mildly short tempered and at times uptight version who had existential issues, never used the Supergirl identity, had a cat that was once kidnapped, carried a bit more muscle, was taller and had a fondness for direct approaches in combat. Oh, and generally wouldn't be seen wearing the 'S' shield or a variant of it unless it was on a T-shirt ). But it isn't happening, and it looks increasingly unlikely it ever will.

The differences between the Modern era Power Girl and the New 52 Power Girl are quite marked now with an origin at last provided for the New 52 version. At the very least it explains why her personality is so radically different, but ultimately it kind of obliterates what made Power Girl who she was.

Looking at the origin of the New 52 Powergirl, she left Krypton looking roughly about 5 years old, right after forming a connection/bond to the same age Val Zod ( Earth 2's current Superman after the original fell to Darksied ) , her ship arrived on Earth without her aging much and she was raised in an apparently very happy manner by an adult Superman and Lois Lane. She went on to adopt the identity of Supergirl when she reached her teens. She would never have even used the name Power Girl if she hadn't found herself trapped on an alternate Earth, one that she was desperate to get off to find her way home.

She -eventually- adopted a costume like old DC Universe Power Girls, but she is pretty much Supergirl ( with even the near exact build of Supergirl when they meet, with nothing to tell them apart other than hair style ).

In contrast, the old DC Power Girl left Krypton as a baby, and was raised in a 'Matrix' style computer replica of Krypton while she slept, her unique symbioship arriving on Earth when she was aged around 19 or 20. Finding that the life she knew was a computer generated lie, she pushed onward on her new home of Earth, met her now much older cousin Superman ( they both left Krypton as babies but his ship was much faster ) and with her notable independent streak assumed the name of Power Girl for her Superheroics to forge her own path rather than sit in his shadow. A year or two later ( in comic time not real time ) a multiverse crisis resulted in her being on an alternate Earth ( the main DC Earth from 1986/7 to 2011 ) with her memories in flux. At this point she was told that her previous memories of being a Kryptonian on Earth were just as false as her life on the Symbioship generated Krypton, and that she was an ancient Atlantean Princess, only for much later to be told that this was also a lie and that she was in fact from Krypton. In spite of all this, her response was always pretty much to outwardly dust herself down and push forward.

Basically, Power Girl has always had a certain amount of existential angst and doubt behind her smile, eye rolling, and outward confidence, ( and this is in part where her temper probably would come from ), and it was something that Supergirl never suffered from. Yet this has been thrown away in the comics, and with this and everything else stripped from the character ( that had developed her into someone interesting ), what is left is not Power Girl.

And the sad thing is this is not seen as a bad thing by some. Although i doubt they were fans of the old DC character anyway.
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I'll admit it, the next Avengers movie really does look promising. With the promise of a Hulkbuster Iron Man Vs Hulk fight and the best looking design for the Hulkbuster Iron Man suit since the CGI animated series ( which was even cooler with the laser cannons mounted into the shoulders ) and Ultron...

In honesty, I'm shocked, stunned in fact, they have actually managed to make Ultron actually seem cool, which he never really felt to me in the comics back in the day, where he sometimes seemed rather... stupid to me ( i first saw the character in Secret Wars, where he made the critical error of threatening GALACTUS, to his face ). Maybe it was due to his mind being based on Hank - Antman, Giant man, i can't decide on an identity, one moment while i slap my wife - Pym, but he never came across as a first rate villain in spite of having an genius intellect and a body made of adamantium.

But movie Ultron... looks as though he's based more on Tony Starks Iron Man armour, so i'm hoping they will make him based on Tony Starks mind ( Ultrons speech pattern in the trailer is kind of similar to Tony Starks if you ask me, just before it goes into a lower growl) and make him a dark mirror to Iron Man. Whatever the case movie Ultron seems a potentially far superior and eloquent talking take on the character.

I'm looking forward to the next installment of 'Iron Man and some other Guys'... i mean 'Avengers-Age of Ultron'.
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Having a re read of the old comics i still have along with the collected editions i have, i still find myself disagreeing with anyone who says Power Girl has been inconsistent in her characterisation. There have been inconsistent things with DC's Modern Era ( 1986/7 to 2011 ) Powergirl but it wasn't her characterisation, which even the worst writers to handle her seem to have more or less interpreted correctly on some level. What was inconsistent were her powers, and of course, her background that switched from Kryptonian to mystically enhanced Atlantean, and back to Kryptonian over 23 years.

The interesting thing is that back in the late 1980's she seemed a much more raw character, uncertain about her place in the world having lost her original Universe and also wanting to be taken seriously as a Superhero, resulting in her trying to present a confident -verging on aggressive- front that badly hid the fact she was hurting from life changing events, and distracted people from that she was actually a nice person with a temper and a sense of humour.

It's this that i guess can cause the mistaken interpretation that her personality is inconsistent, when i would argue it is layered. At times she has been laid back and witty, other times hair trigger tempered and stroppy, she can be wickedly humourous or determined to maintain her dignity even when things have gone very stupid or weird. All this and more made her seem a more genuinely human character ( since who is calm and happy all the time ? or miserable and angry all the time ? no one in real life behaves in such a limited fashion, and nor should a written character be any different. ).

By 2010, having gone through so many changes in her life, ranging from nearly dying and losing the bulk of her powers to displaying random powers and abilities such as being able to manifest mystic armour or developing peculiar vulnerabilities to 'natural materials', losing various people of importance to her, having a child and losing the child to circumstance, recovering her kryptonian abilities, nearly dying again, being a long time member of both the Justice League International and the Justice Society, and even bumping into the Earth 2 version of herself, she finally comes across as a much more genuinely assured and confident person. And this is arguably the very thing she had wanted to be and she had grown into, yet still displaying all of the varied qualities of her personality ( Palmiotti, Gray and Conner did a great job accommodating those aspects in the Power Girl solo series, and still made her seem actually confident rather than acting confident ).

And this was pretty much where Powergirls story ended i guess, as an accomplished hero, which is as good a way to conclude it as any.

Anyhow, very little she had ever done or said over the years felt like it was worryingly out of character, in the context of the time her behavior made sense and she always came across as Power girl. Even when some writers chose to ignore large parts of her continuity ( generally they ignored her time in the JLI, which i still think was deliberately down played in significance to her during her time in the JSA comics, although it was pleasingly revived both in 'I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League' and finally in 'Justice League Generation Lost'. Ultimately I'll always think of her as a Justice League International member rather than as a Justice Society member ).

Of course this is all purely my interpretation of the character, but it's a positive interpretation.
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Kaizer617 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Buddy!
adamantis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist
No problem :)
Kaizer617 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lordwormm Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist
I appreciate the Just a Lotta Animals fave! :)
adamantis Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Sure thing :)
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