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Off My Mind: Characters Vs. Creative Team - Power Girl Edition

What happens when the creative team leaves a book?

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Last Friday it was announced that the creative team of Power Girl was leaving the series. Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray are all leaving after issue #12. It was to be Amanda's final issue and Palmiotti and Gray made the difficult decision to leave as well. They couldn't imagine trying to write the book for another artist. Power Girl has never been one of my favorite characters. In fact, way back when I reviewed the first issue, I only gave it a 3.5. The creative team did interest me and Amanda's art is what really drew me in. As the series progressed, Gray and Palmiotti did something I didn't think could be done. They made me actually care about and want to read Power Girl. Now that they're all leaving, there's a chance that I will be as well.
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The new creative team has been announced. It sounds good. Judd Winick writing along with Sami Basri doing the art. I really dug Basri's art on the Witchblade issues a couple years back. We've seen what Winick can do but I'm still not sure how I feel about this change. I know I should give them a chance but this brings up my question, what matters more, the character or the creative team?
I know most people might say the character is what really matters. In most cases, I would agree. Amazing Spider-Man, for example, has a rotating creative team to work with the three-times a month schedule and I read them regardless of who's writing. But what happens when it's a character that may not be one of your favorite characters? Power Girl has been fun and funny. As much as I like Winick as a writer and Basri as an artist, Power Girl just won't feel the same. I know I have to give it a chance. It's just in this case, it was clearly the creative team that made me want to read the book. 
Often when reading comics, I have wondered how different an issue would feel if it was handled by someone else. It's great when the creative team gets a vibe going and it shows in the story. With a character like Power Girl, I'm just not really sure if I'll continue reading her book.
What are your thoughts on this matter? What has a higher priority when it comes to deciding whether or not you're going to read a series, the character or the creative team? Again, if it's a favorite character, there may not be a question. But if it's a character you like but don't love, that could be another matter.