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Fun story with your favorite superhero girls
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
When a sudden power outage strikes Metropolis, the Superhero Girls are thrown for a loop, especially Batgirl aka Babs. She relies on technology to contribute to the team and take down the bad guys. Without it, even the team isn't sure she can be helpful. But with perseverance and a helpful tip from her dad, Babs finds that with a little creativity, you can find resources all around you.

I was a little hesitant in the first couple of chapters of POWERLESS. I was worried this would be a story line I've seen a few times where everyone collapses without technology and the theme is that tech is inherently evil and hurting society. POWERLESS does show how too much reliance on tech can have consequences and sometimes get in the way of physical human interaction, but it also highlights the many benefits and importance of tech across a city and how it can connect people rather than drive them apart. It's a balanced and realistic approach.

While Batgirl/Babs has a stronger presence in POWERLESS, there are still plenty of great scenes with the other superhero girls, especially Bumblebee/Karen. Bumblebee and Batgirl both prove that even when one of your biggest strengths is dampened, it doesn't take away the rest of your capabilities. DC fans who prefer villains (or morally ambiguous characters) to heroes also get a few fun scenes with Catwoman and Harley Quinn.

The artistry aligns perfectly with the style of the show. The coloring and shading are particularly well done in scenes where the lighting is minimal thanks to the outage.

If you want more DC heroes in your life, this is a fun, engaging series for young readers.
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