- I should have known. Only one man on Earth would need a robot that size to compensate for his insecurities.
- — Power Girl src
Kara Jor-El is the heroine known as Power Girl.
When her father Jor-El and her uncle Zor-El ascertained that Brainiac was about to return to destroy Krypton, they sent their respective daughters to Earth. Her older cousin Kara Zor-El was supposed to look after her, but her ship took longer to reach Earth.
In the meantime, Kara's ship landed on Smallville, Kansas where she was raised by the Kents. Upon reaching adulthood, Kara moved to Metropolis and discarding the idea of a secret identity, became a popular heroine and a successful entrepreneur, reverse-engineering and marketing Kryptonian technology. She also started out a relationship with Daily Planet reporter Jimmy Olsen.
Although she was well-liked, not everybody was comfortable with the idea of a super-powerful alien flying around. One day, after taking care of an alliance between Lex Luthor and a super-villain team called the Silver Banshees, Kara saw another ship landing on the Kent Farm. Upon flying back home, Power Girl met her cousin Kara Zor-El inside. After overcoming her initial shock at seeing her baby cousin all grown up, Supergirl warned her that Brainiac is about to launch a strike against Earth.
Power Girl set out to fight Brainiac's android army, but per her cousin's advice, she headed into the Earth's core to shut down Brainiac's core computer. Deep in the Earth's core Kara came face-to-face with another Brainiac.
Kara won after a hard battle and returned to the surface to fight the first Brainiac. She and her allies successfully unplugged that Brainiac and blew her ship up. Though she found out her first had been infected and brainwashed by Brainiac, forcing the other heroes to knock her out and tie her up. After a heated argument with Wonder Woman, Power Girl took her unconscious cousin to Metropolis to cure her. Kara Zor-El was put in stasis as her older cousin searched for a cure, and the group of heroes agreed to work together from now on. Several days later, Power Girl and Wonder Woman announced publicly the creation of the Justice League.
In the next days, Power Girl fought a mind-controlled Star Sapphire, met Green Lantern and sought out the Atom's help to cure her cousin. Thanks to Atom, Power Girl managed to purge Supergirl's body of Black Kryptonite and Brainiac's mind-control nanomachines. Supergirl's life saved, both cousins had the chance to catch up calmly.
Powers and Abilities
Unlike her counterparts, Kara Jor-El doesn't get her power from the Sun. Her power's real source remains unspecified.
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Power Girl possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Solar Energy Absorption: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of Power Girl's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a yellow sun star system. Her biological make up includes a number of organs which lack analogues in humans and whose functions are unknown. It is believed that between one or more of these and her bio-cellular matrix, "yellow" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when yellow solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
- Heat Vision: Power Girl can, as a conscious act, fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it. She can vary the heat and area affected.
- Super-Hearing: Power Girl's hearing is sensitive enough to hear any sound at any volume or pitch. With skill and concentration, she can block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source or frequency.
- Enhanced Vision: Power Girl's vision processes the entire electromagnetic spectrum as well as allowing vast control over selective perception and focus.
This umbrella ability includes the following:
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Power Girl can see well into most of the electromagnetic spectrum. She can see and identify radio and television signals as well as all other broadcast or transmitted frequencies. Using this ability, she can avoid detection by radar or satellite monitoring methods. This also allows her to see the aura generated by living thing.
- Telescopic Vision: This is the ability to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics. Though limited, the exact extent of the ability is undetermined. In function, it is similar to the zoom lens on a camera.
- X-Ray Vision: This is the ability to see through any volume of matter except lead. Power Girls can see things behind a solid, opaque object as if it were not there. She can focus this ability to "peel back" layers of an object, allowing hidden image or inner workings to be observed. The exact type of energy perceived—such as x-rays, cosmic rays, or some other energy invisible to normal humans—is unclear. This ability perceives an ambient energy source though, it does not involve the eye projecting a concentrated, possibly toxic, beam to be reflected back from objects.
- Microscopic Vision: This is the ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.
- Infrared Vision: Power Girl can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
- Flight: Power Girl is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. This ranges from hovering to moving in any posture, in any direction.
- Invulnerability: Due to the interaction of her dense molecular structure and supercharged bio-electric aura, Power Girl is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, her extends this protection against toxins and diseases.
- Superhuman Stamina: Power Girl is able to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an indefinite period of time. This based on her body converting yellow solar radiation directly to energy, but is limited by physiological and psychological needs to eat, drink, and sleep.
- Superhuman Strength: Power Girl's strength is augmented by yellow solar radiation interacting with the greater than human density, resilience and biological efficiency of her musculature. Her strength is more an act of conscious will on energy fields than actual physical strength. It is this act of conscious will that enables her to perform physical feats that are beyond the mere application force, such as moving a mountain top without said rock crumbling under its own mass.
- Superhuman Speed: Power Girl is able to move at incredible speed by sheer force of will. This extends to her perceptions and allows for feats such as catching bullets in mid flight as well as covering vast distances in little or no time.
This also confers:
- Super-Breath: Power Girl is able to create hurricane force winds by exhaling air from her lungs. She can chill the air as it leaves her lungs to freeze targets. She can also reverse the process to pull large volumes of air or vapor into her lungs.
- Longevity: Power Girl can live longer than regular humans, remaining at her prime as long as she was under the exposure of the "yellow" sun.
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Power Girl possesses the same potential weaknesses as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Black Lantern Ring (Formerly): During the fight against Sinestra, Kara was turned into a member of the Black Lantern Corps. After the creation of a new universe, she didn't have the ring anymore.
- White Lantern Ring (Formerly): Kara was one of the ten women chosen by Metra to wield a White Lantern Ring. After the creation of a new universe, she didn't have the ring anymore.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the comic book stories considered to be set on Ame-Comi. It is an adaptation of Power Girl. The original character was created by Gerry Conway, Ric Estrada, and Wally Wood and first appeared in All-Star Comics #58.
- Although she wore the White Lantern Ring for a short period of time, she never took the White Lantern alias. There isn't any mention of a White Lantern Corps either.
- Supergirl Recommended Reading
Main article: Supergirl Recommended Reading
- Supergirl Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- All-Star Comics (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 1)
- Superman Family (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 2)
- Infinity Inc. (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 3)
- Supergirl (Volume 4)
- Supergirl (Volume 5)
- Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 2)
- Supergirl (Volume 6)
- Worlds' Finest (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 7)
- 8 Appearances of Kara Jor-El (Ame-Comi)
- 7 Images featuring Kara Jor-El (Ame-Comi)
- 3 Quotations by or about Kara Jor-El (Ame-Comi)
- Character Gallery: Kara Jor-El (Ame-Comi)
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