Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Power Girl #21 review


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.

4 comments:

  1. I am glad to see this book receiving accolades. I am a fan of Power Girl as a character, and I have been a huge fan of the book. The Palmiotti/Grey year was great, yet I felt it somewhat trivialized the character while at the same time humanizing her, but since their departure, the book has grown into a powerhouse of story and art.

    I hope more good reviews will convince some of the readership to buy this book who have not been doing so. I want it to go on for a long time to come, especially if this current creative team is willing to keep at it.

    It's a shame that modern comics seem to go through creative teams like children go through crayons.

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  2. Indeed it is, Hector. At least Power Girl seems to be bucking the trend.

    Thanks for the comment!

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  3. As much as I like Power Girl, one thing turns me right off...Judd Winnick. Politically correct to an obsessive degree, he insists on pushing the pc line in all his work. He has to shoehorn gay characters into every book he does and write male characters as idiots constantly. anyone who saw his "performance" on MTVs The Real World back in the 90s and his book about his "friend" Pedro [ who he openly disliked, until he could make money out of him having HIV] knows him for his deceiful attitude. I wont be picking up Power Girl whilst hes on it....nor any others of his. Needless to say, I am NOT a fan of Winnicks, sorry.

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  4. I never saw The Real World - it likely aired on MTV over here, but that's not a channel that appeals to me. I wouldn't say any of the complaints you have apply to Power Girl of JL:GL - no shoehorned gays, no idiot men ... you might enjoy them.

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