Well, unfortunately for you, you're not dealing with Superman... You're dealing with me!
~ Power Girl.
But even as a member of the J.S.A., with friends that have become like family, I still feel, in the pit of my stomach-- alone. Complete and utterly alone. I tell myself I'm okay with that. Maybe one day, I actually will be.
~ Power Girl.
One more Kryptonian down, is that what you're thinking? One more Superman you've knocked in the dust. You saaaaad old monster. You want to know who this world's Superman is? IT'S ME.
~ New-52 Power Girl.

Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L) is a fictional superheroine in the DC comics and universe, being the Earth-Two counterpart of Supergirl. She has been a member of the Justice Society, Justice League, Birds of Prey, and Suicide Squad.

She was created by Gerry Conway, Ric Estrada, and Wally Wood, and first appeared in All-Star Comics # 58 in February of 1976.

Biography

Early Life

Kara Zor-L was born on Kandor, Krypton to Zor-L and Allura In-Z, and was the first cousin to Kal-L, who was the son of Jor-L and Laura. When her father learned that Krypton was about to explode, he learned her in a ship to Earth at the same time Kal-L's ship was launched from the planet. Kara's ship took a longer journey to Earth, resulting in her arriving decades after her cousin made it to the planet.

Unlike Kal-L's ship which was designed for fast travel, Kara's ship was designed to hold her in stasis during her development, and her the ship held an artificial intelligence that ran programs for her to interact with life-like copies of her family and Kryptonians. By the time Kara landed on Earth, she was an adult in her early twenties, unlike her cousin who was an infant when he landed.

Kara's existence as Power Girl wasn't revealed to the public until years after her arrival, and she was supported by her cousin and his wife Lois Lane, who helped her transition from virtual reality to real life relationships. She became close to her cousin and his wife, regarding them as her "uncle" and "aunt", and Lois regarded Kara as their daughter on a few occasions.

Becoming a Hero

Kara first assisted the Justice Society in containing an artificially induced volcano that had erupted in Peking, China, and aided its members Flash (Jay Garrick) and Wildcat. She joined them and Robin and Star-Spangled Kid to form a superhero team to defeat Brain Wave and Per Degaton, who were planning to take over the world. Later on, she was granted full membership to the Justice Society, taking over Superman's vacated spot on the roster.

Despite becoming a superhero, she had a hard time fitting into life on Earth but was helped by Andrew Vinson, a reporter, a to adopt a secret identity as computer programmer Karen Starr. Power Girl was able to develop this knowledge from treatment under Wonder Woman's purple ray on Paradise Island, and later became close friends with Helena Wayne. Kara and Helena became good friends and later teamed up together, and the former later became a founding member of Infinity Inc.

Origin Change

After the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Kara's background and origin were altered, and she's now the granddaughter of the Atlantean sorcerer Arion and had been frozen in suspended animation until the present day. After the Invasion, Kara joined Justice League Europe and was later injured by Gray Man, losing a significant amount of her powers. Despite this, she remained a key member of the team and helped them battle Overmaster and the Extremists.

During the last days of the team, Kara discovered she was mystically pregnant and delivered the child during the events of Zero Hour. The child soon after aged rapidly and became Equinox, but after fighting and defeating Scarabus, Kara's child disappeared.

Afterward, Power Girl was recruited by Oracle as a field agent, but their partnership ended after a mission ended with many people dying. Despite Power Girl and Oracle budding heads, and Kara not liking Barbara's intensity, the two would work with each other on a few occasions. When Black Canary resigned from the Justice Society of America, she recommended Kara to take her place.

Infinite Crisis

During the events of Infinite Crisis, the Psycho-Pirate showed Power Girl multiple versions of her origins to drive her insane and revealed that she was Kryptonian and a survivor of the Earth-Two universe. Kal-L returned to the mainstream universe after breaking down the paradise dimensions' walls where he, Lois, Superboy-Prime, and Alexander Luthor, Jr. were living after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Kal-L tracked down Power Girl in Chicago and explained the events of the original Crisis, and Kara's memories of her Earth-Two life were restored after being re-introduced to Lois. Afterward, Kara stumbled upon Martian Manhunter, who was held captive in a machine but was attacked by Superboy-Prime before she could free him. She was attached to the machine alongside Manhunter, and Luthor revealed he was going to restore the multiverse upon representatives of various Earths and chose Kara due to her link to Earth-Two.

Power Girl was later freed by Wonder Girl and Kon-El and joined them in battling Alexander Luthor, Jr. and Superboy-Prime. Superboy-Prime eventually fled Earth for Mogo, and Kal-L was mortally wounded and Power Girl arrived just in time to bid farewell to her cousin, who died beside her.

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Trivia

  • Ranked 9th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Woman in Comics".

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