P:R Redesign: Mista-M’s Power Girl!

Note: After his debut earlier this month with Hawkman, we couldn’t help but highlight African artist Mista-M once again with another of his designs — a stunning take on DC’s Power Girl. He doesn’t shy away from the cleavage that Kara is known for, changing the so-called “boob window” into more of a low-cut top. The cape is unique, and I applaud the simple tribute to the Superman S-Shield with the belt buckle. – Chris A.

42 comments on “P:R Redesign: Mista-M’s Power Girl!
  1. It’s cool but both the hairstyle and the costume are too much upperclass and elegant,it’s a style that doesn’t belongs to Power Girl who is usually a bit masculine and sometimes even crude,of course I’m talking about her character not her body

  2. This is a much better way to do cleavage. I won’t call it tasteful, but it’s certainly more dignified, lol

  3. This looks fantastic! It’s classy, and looks better than any Power Girl costunes I’ve seen from DC, while still having a sexy/”I will kick your ass with a smile” look to it.

    Between this, and sites like Superhero Of The Month, it’s clear that DC needs from new blood.

  4. Not sure about the functionality of a cape like that, but nonetheless neat and iconic. And yes, definitely more dignified than the ‘boob window’ outfit :D

  5. Pitch perfect! It satisfies a lot of different calls; for recognizability, propriety, modernity. Love it! This says class without even trying.

  6. SPot on. Has the cleavage she’s known for and the shield as a belt buckle in homage to her cousin. Keps the cape to one shoulder look that is also her trademark. I really like it and have to disagree with itlas. She has owned her own company at times in the comics, and was last scene in the corporate world in Mr. Terrific. Upper class and elegant definitely fit her, and this costume adds to it.

  7. I actually think this is VERY taseful. She looks like a lady, which makes sense when dealing with the head of her own software company. She’s a public figure, so image is something she thinks of. Her clothes are tights, without being skin tight, something even Superman in his Kryptonian armor seems to be going through. She looks tough and majestic without being overly agressive looking or trashy

  8. I like this design a lot, it’s slightly regal and modern at the same time and it just took some minor tweaks to do it.
    I’m only curious about seeing the back of it, because I think the cape should have somewhere to hang on to on her right shoulder (our left). Otherwise it wouldn’t hang like that, I think.
    Other than that, I agree, this would be an awesome design for the New 52.

    And addressing the current “superheroine fashion sense” debate, the generous cleavage is in keeping with her sex-appeal without overselling it.

  9. I just saw the Earth 2 costume. This is so much better, it hurts. I can’t believe the costumes that they’re using are the ones that got through

  10. THAT is a Power Girl redesign, damn.

    I always have a problem with the asymetrical cape on heroes though, same with Shazam/Marvel, even a drawing I just can’t wrap my head around a cape falling that way off of one shoulder.

  11. Most P:R Power Girls are better than current DC design. This is no exception. A perfect update to the recent classic costume.

  12. The only thing I don’t like about this is the cape. It looks great here, but it wouldn’t make sense that she could keep it draped over her shoulder like that all the time. It needs something else to hold it back out of the way securely. Aside from that, it’s perfect.

  13. I keep wondering why so many are getting it right with DC’s heroes and heroines, but DC can’t get it right themselves. This is so tastefully done, sexy without being sleazy. This is a Powergirl I would read. I love the homage to the House of El with her belt buckle, something I always wanted incorporated. Well done!

  14. I really like this. The neckline is a good evolution from the “boob window” and I really love the collar. The cape bugs me a little. I would do away with it, but incorporate the color into the bodyshirt. Overall, I’d give this 9/10.

  15. Thanks for the compliments guys.

    To be honest when designing this I really didn’t think the cape through. Maybe one day I’ll revisit this and come up with a solution

  16. Because they’re bringing in guys whose heyday is in the 90′s, with 90′s aesthetics in mind. That seems to be a common statement about the suits in the past few years, that they look like designs from the 90′s. I sadly, also think it’s going to get worse before it gets better

  17. Am I the only one thinking the void logo is more then just cleavage? Cause it keeps being replaced as such…

  18. Congratulations, Mista-M on offering a fantastic redesign of Powergirl. Simple, elegant, and a wonderful blend of classic and modern. Gotta agree with k3m15a, DC needs to outsource some new artist.

    Mr. Q

  19. Mario Silva: Am I the only one thinking the void logo is more then just cleavage? Cause it keeps being replaced as such…

    It is more than that. I understand why the boob window exists in universe, but that doesn’t detract from this being a really nice design. I like that it doesn’t throw out any of the old elements. The void logo might have been lost, but the neckline does kind of call back to it with the diamond cut. She’s still wearing the white suit, with the blue gloves and boots and the red cape over one shoulder. This is less of a change than she’s had before and even is getting in the Earth 2 design where they try and give her a real logo

  20. I do greatly prefer the (not *THAT* low by superhero standards) neckline to the cleavage window, but I’ve seen a fair number of redesigns without sleeves, and they just rock so much I think all PG costumes should be sleeveless.

  21. The illustration is top notch, and the design is certainly far superior to either of the two costumes DC has come up with for the “New 52″ Power Girl. The low cut top invokes Power Girl’s confidence and relaxed sexuality without being gratuitous, and likely wouldn’t provoke the controversy of the breast circlet (for good or ill). The artist is to be commended for the work.

    However, I agree with the sentiment expressed by the first poster: the hairstyle and a few of the details, such as the assymetrical cape, just seem too elegant and fancy for Kara. I must admit I was never a fan of the “Karen Starr, CEO of Software Empire” secret identity. It never seemed to fit the character, perhaps because it was a later addition. I would rather PG either have NO secret ID or a more down-to-Earth, even blue collar civilian role. My favorite renderings of PG depict her as quite stocky and muscular, even perhaps a bit on the short side. Showcasing her physique in a female bodybuilder/powerlifter manner fits bother her temperment and the “power” part of her codename.

    But again, Misha-M’s illustration is technically wonderful. Just not my image of the character. Still a vast improvement over nearly any of the “official” redesigns DC has attempted over the years.

  22. “Itlas / April 18, 2012
    It’s cool but both the hairstyle and the costume are too much upperclass and elegant,it’s a style that doesn’t belongs to Power Girl who is usually a bit masculine and sometimes even crude,of course I’m talking about her character not her body”

    I think that’s more about her expression than the costume’s design. I can see applying a sort of “Emma Frost” personality to this one shot, but I think the design would work fine for PG if it was portrayed as a bit frazzled and/or in-motion. I like how simple it is yet how the small changes have a big impact.

  23. She can still be masculine and crude in a nice outfit. Programmers and stock traders can be a$$holes. I’ve read her as more wry and proactive than crass. She’s the woman with class who fought her way to the top, and has a silent threat in her eyes for all the girls who tried sleeping their way there (all what, four of them?). She’s a great friend to other women, and can play just as hard as the boys. Just, you better be ready to hold the bag when she’s punching it.

  24. Yes, please now in Worlds’ Finest. This design would be a much better balance to Huntress’.

  25. “It’s cool but both the hairstyle and the costume are too much upperclass and elegant,it’s a style that doesn’t belongs to Power Girl who is usually a bit masculine and sometimes even crude,of course I’m talking about her character not her body”

    I disagree, personally. PG has for years had a VERY classy shoulderguard/cape combo on her outfit (one of the few things I DID like about her costume in fact). What’s more this outfit does something rare: it keeps the cleavage while still looking very tasteful and heroic. The design is excellent (especially love the collar and the shield-buckle), though my one problem is the general face area. PG is always at her best when she’s energetic and sarcastic, and this particular rendition is very calm and frankly kinda derpy (those eyes are NOT looking at the same object).

  26. Damnit, now I can’t unnotice it. I was so intent on how cool this outfit looked, I wasn’t looking at her face… which is her problem normally, but for ocmpletely different reasons

  27. This is perfect! If traditionalists need the peek-a-boo, I’d only add a thin white band over the collarbone, but seriously, what a terrific redesign!

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