DOUBLE ENTENDRES | When your commentary can be interpreted two ways.
Within the pre-Crisis continuity, the Earth-2 Power Girl was treated more as her cousin’s successor since he had already retired from superheroics by the time she arrived. Not only did she take his place in the JSA but she also functioned as that world’s second generation Kryptonian protector. Basically, she fulfilled Superman’s role on Earth-2. On Earth-1, Supergirl was treated more as an adjunct to Superman since they were closer in age and Kal was still functioning as his world’s protector.
Within the New 52 continuity, the Earth-2 Power Girl and Superman had a closer relationship and Kal was even her mentor. He trained her to succeed him as Earth-2’s protector should he fail to survive the Apokolips War. It was also established in the Zero Issue of Worlds’ Finest that she had a mother-daughter relationship with Lois Lane who was Kal’s wife on Earth-2.
On the mainstream universe (that I will refer to as Earth-1 for now), the Super family is more distant from one another. Supergirl and Superman do not have the close relationship that their Earth-2 counterparts share and are more estranged to one another. They are also angrier and do not embody the hope that the Earth-2 counterparts embody. Also, Clark is in a faux romance with Wonder Woman on Earth-1 and Lois Lane isn’t even a part of his narrative on this universe.
As far as powers are concerned, Power Girl did confirm in the latest issues of Worlds’ Finest that she gets her powers directly from the sun’s radiation. It hasn’t been explicitly confirmed if gravity plays a hand in her ability to fly in the New 52, thought it is probably safe to assume gravity differences between Krypton and Earth is a contributing factor.
Considering that the New 52 has the whole ‘superhero vs superhero’ trope going on right now, it honestly wouldn’t surprise me to see Batman vs Huntress in the crossover. They did this for years with Helena Bertinelli’s Huntress, and we even saw an antagonistic father-son relationship with Bruce and Damian Wayne. I can’t imagine they’ll do much differently with the Huntress as Helena Wayne.
Supergirl may factor into Power Girl meeting the mainstream Superman since she is her only link to the mainstream Super family. It is just as possible that Power Girl decides to run into Kal-El herself and mention her meeting with her doppelgänger to legitimise her story. Supergirl does at least have a good relationship with Power Girl at the moment, so this may well work in her favour. Then again, mainstream Superman is a pretty angry lad who isn’t even close to Kara in this universe, so that too is a 50/50.
A lot of the hints that she might be bisexual are largely in her body language and in her tendency to flirt with both men and women. Even her use of verbal language can be construed as double entendres in some cases.
In contrast with the pre-Crisis Helena Wayne who was very straight in her behaviour even around Karen, the New 52 version of her often behaves in ways that suggest she’s attracted to Karen.
Anyway, onto those panels! (There’s a lot).
"I like Karen. Power Girl. I admire her. She’s tough and smart, and never apologizes for being who she is. She is completely herself."
— Wonder Woman, WW vol.3 #41
I’ll be perfectly honest here: the premise for the story isn’t sounding promising if Helena has now been reduced to someone who ‘needs daddy’ to solve her problems.
What happened to that version of a Helena Wayne that was fully capable of doing things on her own and a partnership with Batman was exactly that?
I think step one to resolving the problem with Huntress/Power Girl is for Paul Levitz to stop thinking of them as children. They are ADULT women. Even if they are in their early 20s, they’re still in a different place in their lives, both literally and figuratively speaking. That alone should’ve provided the two women with some character growth and should be, in my opinion, written considerably more maturely than they’re currently being written.
On a similar note, it’s increasingly starting to feel like DC Comics is giving Huntress and Power Girl the short end of every stick while everyone else’s stories are actually progressing. :/
EPIC PARTNERSHIP BATTLES | Harley & Ivy vs Huntress & Power Girl
This is something I’d like to see happen in the DC Universe before the next reboot fucks everything (and everyone) up again.
Seriously. This would just be like watching the ‘Girls Night Out’ episode of The New Batman Adventures, only cooler cause it would be Huntress/Power Girl taking on Poison Ivy/Harley Quinn.
(Also, I just want an excuse to see two of my favourite lady ships in the same book together. Preferably Harley Quinn’s book since it has Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner to do it justice. DCU Gods, make this happen please).
Ordway needs to draw these two in a book again. He’s definitely one of the few artists who captured these two characters the best and his form is perfect.
Nothing against RB Silva, but his artwork for these two characters don’t quite do it for me on a monthly. Aside from weird anatomy, he draws squinting faces a lot.