How things change. When Judd Winick came on as writer I said I didn’t want this book to continually tie into his other comic, Justice League: Generation Lost. But as the months have passed, the books have become more and more intertwined.
And I love it. While odd scenes are repeated from title to title, it’s always to ensure understanding for readers not following both. For the most part, Power Girl’s role in Maxwell Lord’s scheme, and determination to take him down, has been her own thing. And that’s how it is this time. While the other Justice League International members are trying to save the latest Blue Beetle’s life in Generation Lost, Karen is out to convince the Dick Grayson Batman that the previous Beetle was murdered. Proving this would go some way towards convincing Dick that the devil exists, and his name is Max.
The cover may clue you in as to how she intends to persuade Dick that Ted Kord did not commit suicide. The notion of carrying out an autopsy on an old friend is grisly, but as it turns out, Power Girl isn’t the only person who thinks it’s necessary.
And in the land of Meanwhile, Power Girl’s employees bid to ensure the financially hobbled Starrware doesn’t fall into the hands of a business rival. These scenes are less gripping than the superheroic section, but I learned a little about corporate law. Which is nice.
Winick’s script is as smooth and confident as ever, while Sami Basri’s artwork seems to be getting better. Both men are well served by letterer John J Hill and colourist Jessica Kholline. The colourist for Basri’s moody cover is Sunny Gho, and it’s only while scanning it in that I’ve noticed there’s more than one image in there – very smart!
Justice League: Generation Lost may be wrapping soon – though I have high hopes it’ll be followed by an ongoing – but with the quality this high, Power Girl’s book looks set to roll on for awhile yet.