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Subj: Re: Did Power Girl deserve to survive Original Crisis?
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 03:20:03 pm EDT (Viewed 311 times)
Reply Subj: Did Power Girl deserve to survive Original Crisis?
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 12:07:35 am EDT (Viewed 365 times)

> The title of the post is a little misleading, but I know it's been questioned over and over why PG survived. I reread the original series, the Legends Of the DCU #4, and IC, and I think it becomes fairly obvious if you play it by DC's own established rules. If I understand correctly, the fabric of time and space combined the essences of the remaining 5 earths into one. Earth-1 was dominant while facets of the remaining earths showed up here and there. When the universe reformed, based on these 5 earths, any exact dopplegangers were merged into one. Hence, E2 Luthor and Joker didn't die, they just never existed. Jay Garrick and Alan Scott (my main examples) were not dopplegangled with any counterparts because none were known to have existed. Ok, some flaws here....the whole Dawn of Time thing...I think if one was present at the dawn of time without a counterpart, that person automatically became the dominant person. Those who did, well, the older versions had fates already working for them. Cheesey exit, I know, but hey, I can't cover all the bases yet.
> By this time, Supergirl was already dead. Power Girl existed, so in my head since the dominant trait (Supergirl of Earth 1) was already dead, Power Girl, being the second dominant, maintained her existence.
> (This made a lot more sense in my head)

I think I agree with what you are saying.

Basically as stated in Crisis #11 history unfolded with only one Earth and one version of everybody. But at least originally the heroes present at the Dawn of Time were immune to the changes. So everyone who was there still existed and still remembered the Multiverse. So people like the Earth-2 Robin still existed even though he now had no place in history.

I suspect your "dominant" theory was closer to the new universe trying to incorporate these anomalies. There was a roughly 30-year old Superman in existence in the new history so the E1 Superman was "merged" in with that version. There was no 70ish Superman for Kal-L to merge with. The later mentions of things like Mekanique, the Gods, etc. holding back the effects may have explained why the Pre-Crisis versions' memories dominated for a bit.

> THe only thing that nags me is after PG's compelling speechin COIE 11, were we still meant to assume that everyone remembered her at that time as (a) Superman's cousin?

No, Power Girl had a new history- she was just in the same boat as E1 Superman in that her memories of that existence weren't dominant. People not at the Dawn of Time remembered a Power Girl who wasn't Kara Zor-L.

> Argh, every time I think I have it figured out, a little detail slipd by me.
> Still, does anyone follow what I'm saying? Does it make sense? Does anyone care at this point?

I find the topic interesting, but it's not one that I worry over. They have redefined the after-effects of Crisis so many times since 1986 that I doubt any theory could explain it all. It is quite obvious that the Luthor in Crisis #11 isn't the same guy as the Luthor Post-Man of Steel. And the Superman stories told between Crisis and Man of Steel also didn't fit the new history. Even after Man of Steel there was at least one reference to the character who becam Superboy-Prime even though he was part of the Multiverse that supposedly wasn't remembered anymore. Not being a batman fan at the time I can't be sure but I suspect there was a period between Crisis and Year One where the E1 "Dick Grayson lite" Jason Todd still existed before suddenly becoming the Post-Crisis "street thug" version.

And poor Power Girl jusrt got the shaft. In someways it would have been better for her to have joined the other E2 anomalies (Robin, Huntress, Green Arrow, Speedy) in death. If the Byrne/Wolfman had used her as a character who Superman thought was his cousin before discovering the truth that might have worked. If Roy Thomas had pulled her into Infinity Inc and developed a new backstory like he did for Fury it might have worked. But keeping her around with no real idea of what to do with her hurt the character a lot.

> Feedback would be appreciated. It's just giving me something to think about and do to pass away the time now that I don't have comics to read.

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