Comic Book Resources reports that the current Power Girl team of Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray will be leaving after issue #12. If you read my recent review of Power Girl #8 you’ll know that even as the site’s designated Marvel zombie, I felt that this was a really special series, so It’s a huge disappointment to have the run suddenly capped off with such little warning.
The reason for this decision is that Conner can’t, for whatever reason, continue her commitment past issue #12, and Gray & Palmiotti feel like they should all bow out together rather than carry without her contribution to the book’s tone and appearance. In that sense, good for them – it’s always good to see creators make a timely exit – but on the other hand, as one of the few DC books that outshines the majority of Marvel’s output, it’s a blow for them to be going just as people were really starting to sit up and take notice of their work. The follow-up creative team has not yet been announced, so good luck to whoever that turns out to be – after all, they’re going to need it to live up to the standards that have been set.
On the plus side, there’s a collection of the first few issues out soon, and a second will presumably follow collecting the rest of the run. I’m not much for DC Universe books, but I suspect I’ll be buying those TPBs.